Human Rights

US and Mexico child deportations drive extreme violence and trauma: UNICEF

Teenage boys deported back from Mexico arrive at the governmental reception shelter "Nuestras Raices" ("Our Roots", in English) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala on May 3, 2018.

Maldives: Opposition, Media Under Attack

Crackdown Threatens Fairness of September Elections

The Maldives government’s intimidation of the political opposition and media threatens prospects for free and fair elections in September 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Aug 16, 2018. The government of this Indian Ocean archipelago has also interfered with the judiciary and the national electoral commission in order to tighten its grip on power.

Egypt: Campaign to Crush Artistic Freedom

Restrictions, Blanket Censorship, and Prosecutions in Military Courts

The Egyptian authorities have arrested over a dozen people in a crackdown against artists, apparently prosecuting them for exercising their freedom of speech, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 16, 2018. The government also has issued new decrees to severely curtail freedom of expression. Security agencies and recently created government entities have added layers of censorship to silence criticism of the government on television and in movies, theaters, and books.

Bangladesh: Wave of Arrests Over Peaceful Dissent

Vague Law Used to Silence Students, Journalists

Bangladesh authorities are tracking social media accounts and have detained dozens of people across the country for criticizing the government over its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 15, 2018. The recent wave of arrests, targeting student protesters and journalists, has created an atmosphere of fear, putting a serious chill on free speech.

Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls

Electoral officials count votes during the electoral process to choose members of the Lower House of the Federal Parliament in Baidoa, Somalia in November 2016.

Cambodia: Free Jailed Land Rights Activist

Second Anniversary of Tep Vanny’s Imprisonment

Cambodian authorities should quash the politically motivated conviction of prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny and unconditionally release her, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 13, 2018. Tep Vanny was arrested on August 15, 2016, and convicted on baseless charges to silence her peaceful activism on behalf of the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh.

Georgia: Severe Toll of Abusive Drug Laws

Public Health Approaches Needed to Remedy Harmful Use of Drugs

Georgia’s drug laws and their aggressive enforcement is causing severe and unjustifiable harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Aug 13, 2018. Drug prosecutions for consumption and possession often lead to long prison sentences and prohibitive fines against people who have not harmed others, but who acquired small amounts of drugs for personal, recreational use.

Egypt: No Justice For Rab’a Victims 5 Years On

Impunity for Officers; Unfair Mass Trials for Survivors

Egyptian authorities have failed to investigate or prosecute a single member of the security forces five years after their systematic and widespread killing of largely peaceful protesters in Rab’a Square in Cairo, Human Rights Watch said. Hundreds of protesters have been convicted under unfair charges in mass trials stemming from the protests.

Indonesia: Vice Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

Amin’s Abusive Fatwas Put Burden on Jokowi to Defend Rights

The decision by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select Ma’ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi’s commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 10, 2018.

Nicaragua must end 'witch-hunt' against dissenting voices – UN human rights experts

Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The banner reads "This struggle is non-violent" in Spanish.