Human Rights

Sign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says Guterres

A sign language interpreter during a special UN event.

Myanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expert

On 29 January 2019 in Mynamar, children play at Thet Kel Pyin Muslim Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

The world must not be ‘neutral’ on enforced disappearances

Visitors throw white flowers into Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires out of respect and remembrance for the tens of thousands of people who disappeared during Argentina's so-called "Dirty War".

Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds

An empty classroom at a school.

South Africa: Widespread Xenophobic Violence

Implement National Action Plan; Hold Attackers Responsible

Xenophobic harassment and violence against African and Asian foreigners living in South Africa are routine and sometimes lethal, Human Rights Watch said in a report, video, and Witness article released on September 17, 2020. Despite the March 2019 adoption of a government action plan to combat xenophobia, the government has done very little to ensure that attacks by members of the public, the police, and government officials are investigated and that those responsible are held accountable.

Mozambique: Alleged Soldiers Execute Woman

Impartial Investigation in Cabo Delgado Urgently Needed

Mozambican authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent summary execution of an unarmed and naked woman by men wearing army uniforms. The killing, which was captured on an unverified video that went viral on social media, comes amid allegations of abuses by government soldiers in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, where they are battling an Islamist armed group.


Health, immigration, & labor groups sue agency for failing to respond to FOIA requests

Activists protest family detentions outside of the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, TX.

Turkey: Lawyers Arrested in Terror Probe

Abusive Mass Arrests Damage Rule of Law, Expose Detainees to Covid-19 Risk

Turkish police, in dawn raids on September 11, 2020, arrested 47 lawyers at their homes in Ankara and searched their offices, Human Rights Watch said on September 16, 2020.

UN: Release Saudi Dissidents, Activists

Saudi Arabia should release all political dissidents and women’s rights activists, provide accountability for past abuses, and end persistent discrimination against women, 29 countries said on September 15, 2020. The statement, delivered by Denmark at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, noted that while Saudi Arabia has made some reforms on women’s rights and limited use of the death penalty against child offenders in recent years, the overall human rights situation remains a matter of concern.

Journalism under fire: UNESCO raises alarm over surge of attacks on media workers covering protests

Protesters demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice in Brooklyn, New York.