Human Rights

Afghans Call to #FreeHerFace

Campaign Opposes Taliban Forcing On-Air Female Journalists to Cover Faces

A new social media campaign, #FreeHerFace, has Afghan male journalists and others posting selfies with their faces covered, in solidarity with the Afghan women journalists facing a harmful new Taliban decree.

Thailand: Free Detained Monarchy Reform Activists

Lengthy Pre-trial Detention in Lese Majeste Cases Unwarranted

Thai authorities should immediately drop the charges and release pro-democracy activists detained for insulting the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on May 22, 2022. Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon, who has been on a hunger strike since April 20, 2022, to protest her pre-trial detention, should be transferred to a hospital for urgent medical supervision.

UN: Rights Chief’s Credibility at Stake in China Visit

High Commissioner Should Address Crimes Against Humanity as Top Priority

The upcoming visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible, Human Rights Watch said on May 20, 2022. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is scheduled to visit China during the last 10 days of May 2022, the first visit to China by a UN human rights commissioner since 2005.

Iran: Arrests Amid Economic Protests

Attempt to Suppress Growing Social Movements

Iranian authorities have arrested several prominent activists on baseless accusations amid labor union strikes and ongoing protests against rising prices, since May 6, 2022, in dozens of small towns, Human Rights Watch said on May 20, 2022. Those arrested include a prominent sociologist and four labor rights defenders.

Mexico’s 100,000 ‘disappeared’ is a tragedy, says UN rights chief Bachelet

Mexico has now officially registered more than 100,000 reported missing person cases since 1964.

Human rights must be at heart of solution to Sri Lanka crisis : A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Demonstrators voice their grievances against the Sri Lankan government at a protest in London, UK in May 2022.

Israel: UN rights chief calls for end to ‘culture of impunity’

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The funeral of Shirin Abu Akleh in Jerusalem

Burkina Faso: Armed Islamists Kill, Rape Civilians

Army, Militia Respond with Summary Executions, Enforced Disappearances

Armed Islamist groups and government security forces and militia in Burkina Faso are committing increased abuses against civilians as the conflict there intensifies and widens, Human Rights Watch said on May 16, 2022. The Burkina Faso government, which took power in a January 2022 coup, should better protect civilians from attack and ensure that government forces respect human rights.

The Tai Ji Men Case and European Values: A Test for Democratic Taiwan

Tai Ji Men Protest in near the White House

The Tai Ji Men Case Comes from Taiwan to Belgium, by Massimo Introvigne

The Tai Ji Men Case Comes from Taiwan to Belgium, by Massimo Introvigne