Human Rights

Israel: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits

54 Died in 2017 Awaiting Israeli Permit

The record-low rate of permits issued by Israel for Palestinians seeking vital medical treatment outside Gaza underlines the urgent need for Israel to end its decade-long closure of the Gaza Strip, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) said in a joint statement on Feb 13, 2018. Record-high delays by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2017 in issuing required approvals and Egypt’s continued closure of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza have further restricted movement and caused additional suffering.

Syria: Landmines Kill, Injure Hundreds in Raqqa

More International Support Needed for Clearance

Warning about mines written on outside wall of building in Raqqa, Syria, January 21, 2018.

Mauritania: Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Curbs on Activism Over Discrimination, Other Sensitive Topics

Mauritania’s human rights defenders face repression when they raise the country’s most sensitive social issues, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 12, 2018. The issues include ethnic and caste discrimination, slavery, and the need for accountability for a campaign of atrocities against certain groups three decades ago.

World loses a 'human rights giant,' says UN chief on death of rights expert Asma Jahangir

Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran Asma Jahangir.

Urgent action needed as violence soars in war-torn Syria – UN

One of the manual water pumps around East-Ghouta serving as one of the very few water sources in the besieged area. Water can be unsafe as it is not tested nor purified.

Mauritania: Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts

Faces Incitement Charges Under Laws That Muzzle Speech

Mauritanian authorities have detained an activist since January 24, 2018, apparently over social media posts decrying discrimination, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 10, 2018. The activist, Abdallahi Salem Ould Yali, used social media to urge the country’s Haratines, a group descended from slaves who comprise more than one-third of the population, to resist discrimination and demand their rights.

Uganda: Human Rights Group Targeted in Violent Break-In

Police Failure to Respond to Attacks on Organizations

Ugandan rights organization Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) was the target of a violent break-in on the night of February 8, 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09. HRAPF works to protect the rights of marginalized groups including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and sex workers. The group reported that unidentified assailants broke into its office overnight, disabled parts of the security system, and slashed two guards with machetes, severely injuring them.

Burma: Ensure Unfettered Aid in Kachin State

Military Obliged to Protect Civilians in Operations

The Burmese military should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches all civilians in need in northern Burma’s Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09. On February 5, 2018, approximately 5,000 people demonstrated in Myitkyina, the state capital, against the Burmese military operations in the state.

ICC to open separate initial examinations of Philippines ‘war on drugs;’ Venezuela protests

Permanent headquarters of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Cambodia: Free Forcibly Returned Critic of Hun Sen

Thailand Violates International Law by Returning UN-Recognized Refugee

The Cambodian government should immediately release Sam Sokha, a Cambodian labor activist who gained notoriety after she threw a sandal at a photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen in April 2017, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09, 2018. On February 8, 2018, Thai authorities forcibly returned Sam Sokha, who had been detained in Bangkok in January, to Cambodia.