Human Rights

Myanmar: Deadline to Report on Rape of Rohingya to UN

Committee Seeks Information on Rakhine State Atrocities Against Women, Girls

Myanmar should comply with a United Nations committee’s request for information on the military’s responsibility for widespread rape of Rohingya women and girls in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights said on May 24, 2018. The two groups provided the committee with an 11-page joint report on sexual violence committed by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingya villagers in 2016 and 2017.

India: Police Fatally Shoot Copper Plant Protesters

Investigate Alleged Use of Excessive Force

Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state should conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the police shooting of protesters against a copper plant that left at least 12 dead and 80 injured, Human Rights Watch said on May 23, 2018. Television news video footage shows two plainclothes men firing at protesters from atop a police van during a demonstration on May 22, 2018.

UN calls on Algeria to stop expelling thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants

Children in the migrant neighborhood of Niger’s Niamey, where many people are staying after being expelled from Algeria.

Brazil: People With Disabilities Confined in Terrible Conditions

Ensure Community-Based Services, Right to Make Decisions

Thousands of children and adults with disabilities in Brazil are needlessly confined to institutions, where they may face neglect and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 23, 2018. Brazil should make it a priority to provide support for people with disabilities to live independently and in their communities, rather than in institutions.

Saudi Arabia: Growing Crackdown on Women’s Rights Activists

Accused of Crimes Based on Their Advocacy

Saudi authorities have accused seven recently detained women’s rights activists and others associated with the women’s rights movement of serious crimes, Human Rights Watch said on May 23, 2018. A statement issued by the Presidency of the State Security cited possible charges for “suspicious contact with foreign parties” and undermining the “security and stability” of the state that appear to be directly based on their activism.

Co-op signs Anti-Slavery Charter

CEO Steve Murrells explains why it’s important for the Co-op to lead business against slavery.

We think of slavery as something from the history books but it is happening in the UK at this very moment.

Saudi Activists Targeted as Driving Ban Nears End

The Saudi Arabian activist who helped start a women's right-to-drive campaign in the kingdom said she is receiving death threats now that the driving ban is about to be lifted.

World Cup No Time to Obscure Plight of Syrians

World Leaders Should Sit Out Opening Ceremony Unless Syria Abuses are Addressed

With the lives of over two million civilians at risk in Syria’s Idlib and Daraa governorates, world leaders should abstain from attending the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Moscow, on June 14, 2018, unless the Kremlin takes meaningful steps to protect them from chemical and conventional attacks, Human Rights Watch said on May 21. Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup, is providing weapons, military support, and diplomatic cover to the Syrian government despite evidence that Syrian forces have deliberately and indiscriminately targeted civilians since 2013.

China: Activist Convicted for Promoting Tibetan Language

Politically Motivated Trial Shows Beijing’s Contempt for Minority Rights

The Chinese authorities’ baseless prosecution of a Tibetan language rights activist demonstrates the government’s contempt for the rights of minority peoples, Human Rights Watch said On May 22, 2018. On the same day, a court in Yushu prefecture, Qinghai province, sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to 5 years for “inciting separatism.”

Burkina Faso: Killings, Abuse in Sahel Conflict

“By Day We Fear the Army, By Night the Jihadists"

Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have executed suspected government collaborators, intimidated teachers and spread fear among civilians throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 21, 2018. In response, Burkinabè security forces conducted counterterrorism operations in 2017 and 2018 that resulted in extrajudicial killings, abuse of suspects in custody and arbitrary arrests. The Burkinabè government has promised to investigate these allegations.