Human Rights

Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’ today: UN human rights chief

A wall of photos at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of infamous Security Prison S-21 and the Khmer Rouge's brutal treatment of detainees.

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Blockades ‘expose’ the innocent, to the ‘ravages of economic war’ - UN sanctions expert warns

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy.

Nepal: Barriers to Inclusive Education

Segregation, Lack of Accessibility for Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities in Nepal face serious obstacles to quality, inclusive education, Human Rights Watch said on September 13, 2018.

Russia: Police Crush Peaceful Protests

More Than 1,000 Arrested, Including Children

Police arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters, including older people and children, taking part in demonstrations across Russia on September 9, Human Rights Watch said on September 13. The detainees were protesting corruption and government plans to raise the pension age. In many cities, the police kicked peaceful protesters and beat them with truncheons.

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in clashes with the authorities.

Vietnam: Drop Long Prison Sentence Against Activist

Appeals Court Should Defy Ruling Party, Release Democracy Campaigner

The Vietnamese authorities should quash the politically motivated conviction of the rights activist Nguyen Van Tuc and immediately release him without conditions, Human Rights Watch said on September 12, 2018. The court of appeals is scheduled to hear his case on September 14, 2018 in Thai Binh province.

Saudi Arabia: Free Right-to-Drive Activists

Encourage Automakers to Press Authorities to Release Detained Women

Major car companies should call on Saudi authorities to unconditionally release at least nine detained women activists who fought for the right to drive, said Human Rights Watch said in a campaign announced on September 11, 2018.

Australia: Seek Justice for Myanmar Atrocities

End Military Ties, Help Create Mechanism to Prepare Future Prosecutions

The Australian government should immediately end military ties with Myanmar, Australia’s foremost international human rights and development organizations jointly said on Sep 11, 2018. They called on the Australian government to impose targeted sanctions on military commanders responsible for atrocities committed against ethnic Rohingya, and to press for an international mechanism to assist future prosecutions.

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

A video journalist covers a news event.

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 39th regular session on 10 September 2018.