Human Rights

Singapore: Laws Chill Free Speech, Assembly

End Repressive Prosecutions, Regulations, and Civil Suits

The Singapore government’s use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Dec 13.

Human Rights Day: UN officials pledge to advance human dignity, equality and rights

A UN Human Rights Officer from the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) visiting the Sevare jail, in central Mali, to monitor the rights situation there.

Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea via video conference.

Burma: Rohingya Return Deal Bad for Refugees

Burma, Bangladesh Need to Redraft Agreement, Involve UN

An agreement by Bangladesh and Burma to begin returning Rohingya refugees to Burma by January 23, 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns and should be shelved, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the two governments on Dec 11. International donors, who would be needed to fund the massive repatriation effort, should insist that Burma and Bangladesh invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to join in drafting a new tripartite agreement that ensures adherence to international standards.

Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban

Constitutional Amendment Would Endanger Women, Girls; Violate Rights

Brazilian lawmakers should reject a dangerous constitutional amendment that would prohibit abortion in all circumstances, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 12. The proposed amendment would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.

Medical Students Spend a Day to Commemorate the Human Rights Day

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The contrast between Hong Kong and Taiwan’s tax rate

Human Rights Day: UN to launch campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. (November 1949).

Iran: Imprisoned Foreign Student Threatened

US Citizen Arrested for Historical Research Serving 10-Year Term

The Iranian authorities’ transfer of an imprisoned US doctoral student within Tehran’s Evin prison heightens fear for his safety, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 09. On December 6, 2017, Xiyue Wang, a Princeton Ph.D. student and US citizen, was moved to Evin’s Ward 7 and was threatened by another inmate there in front of a guard, a knowledgeable source said.

Mexico: Reject Internal Security Law

Better Policing Needed, Not More Militarized Law Enforcement

The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 07.

Libya: New Wave of Attacks Against Sufi Sites

Killings, Destruction Amid Impunity

Sufi religious sites are under assault in Libya, with two mosques in Tripoli heavily damaged by unidentified forces over the past two months, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 07.