Human Rights

Attacks on Education Increased Worldwide During Pandemic

More than 5,000 Attacks in Past 2 Years

More than 9,000 students, teachers, and academics were harmed, injured, or killed in attacks on education during armed conflict over the past two years, according to Education under Attack 2022, a report published by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) on June 01, 2022. More than 5,000 separate attacks on education facilities, students, and educators, or incidents of military use, took place in 2020 and 2021, a significant increase over the previous two years.

China: No Justice 33 Years after Tiananmen Massacre

Hong Kong, Mainland Activists Jailed for Commemorations

Chinese authorities have over the past year stepped up the harassment and persecution of activists for commemorating the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, Human Rights Watch said on June 02, 2022. The Chinese government should acknowledge and take responsibility for the mass killing of pro-democracy demonstrators.

UN rights chief concludes China trip with promise of improved relations

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High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet during her visit to China, in Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China.

Afghan authorities urged to address serious human rights challenges

Richard Bennett, speaks at a special event on human rights at the United Nations in 2016.

Tajikistan: Stop Abusing Autonomous Region Protesters

Effectively Investigate Use of Lethal Force; Release Journalist; Restore Communications

Tajik authorities should ensure an effective investigation into police use of force leading to civilian deaths and casualties during May 2022 protests in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, Human Rights Watch said on May 26, 2022. The authorities should also immediately end abuses against protesters in the towns of Khorog and Rushan, whom central Tajik authorities have labeled “militants” and “members of terrorist groups.”

Turkey Fails Domestic Violence Victims

Urgent Action Needed to Enforce Protective Measures, Ensure Accountability

The Turkish government is failing victims of domestic violence even though the police and courts have issued a rising number of restraining orders designed to protect women and break cycles of abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 26, 2022.

Nepal responsible for torture, rape and killing of teenage girl: UN rights committee

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Entrance to the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal.

AU: Focus on Root Causes of Conflict, Political Instability

Summit Should Address Rights Abuses by Security Forces

African Union (AU) member countries should use their upcoming summit to commit to addressing human rights issues underlying armed conflict and political upheaval on the African continent, Human Rights Watch said on May 24, 2022. The Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government will take place on May 25-28, 2022, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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.