Human Rights

Assistance to Vulnerable Households, Small Businesses Key to Mitigating Pandemic’s Impact and Hastening Recovery in the Philippines

Social assistance to poor and vulnerable families as well as micro and small enterprises will help cushion the impact of COVID-19 and hasten recovery in the Philippines, according to From Containment to Recovery, the World Bank’s October 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific, released on September 29, 2020.

China: 12 Hong Kong Protesters Held Incommunicado

Detained Pro-democracy Activists Denied Basic Rights

The Chinese authorities should allow 12 detained Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, including one child, access to family members and their own lawyers and physicians, Human Rights Watch said on September 28, 2020. The group has been held incommunicado in Shenzhen’s Yantian Detention Center since August 23, 2020.

Chile: Reject ‘Anti-Denial’ Law

Bill on DenyingDictatorship-Era Abuses Would Criminalize Protected Speech

The Chilean Senate should reject a legislative proposal that would criminalize the denial of the heinous abuses committed during the country’s military dictatorship, Human Rights Watch said on September 28, 2020.

Australia: Harsh Police Response During Covid-19

Victoria’s Parliament Shouldn’t Broaden Police Powers

Victoria’s police have used harsh measures during the Australian state’s Covid-19 lockdown that threaten basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on September 24, 2020. Victoria’s parliament should reject a new attempt to broaden police powers.

Myanmar: Stop Prosecuting Peaceful Protesters

Drop Charges, Quash Convictions Against Students

The Myanmar authorities should cease responding to criticism of the government and military with arrests and prosecutions of students protesting human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said on September 23, 2020. They should immediately drop charges against the students and unconditionally release those in custody.

China: Quash Verdict Against Outspoken Tycoon

18-Year Sentence for Ren Zhiqiang Shows Growing Intolerance of Dissent

Chinese authorities should immediately quash the 18-year sentence against a property tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping, Human Rights Watch said on September 22, 2020.

Sign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says Guterres

A sign language interpreter during a special UN event.

Myanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expert

On 29 January 2019 in Mynamar, children play at Thet Kel Pyin Muslim Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

The world must not be ‘neutral’ on enforced disappearances

Visitors throw white flowers into Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires out of respect and remembrance for the tens of thousands of people who disappeared during Argentina's so-called "Dirty War".

Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds

An empty classroom at a school.