Human Rights

Iran: ‘Secret execution’ of champion wrestler ‘deeply disturbing’ – UN rights experts

People walking in Mehran, Ilam Province, Iran.

A youthful 75: next generation to carry the torch for UN values

75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization.

Cambodia: Free Detained Youth, Environmental Activists

End de Facto Ban on Phnom Penh Protests

The Cambodian authorities should immediately drop baseless incitement charges against 14 recently detained youth and environmental activists and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said on September 11, 2020.

Afghanistan: Protecting Rights Essential in Negotiations

Amid Persistent Abuses by All Sides, Talks Shouldn’t Endanger Freedoms

Afghan government and Taliban officials meeting in Doha, Qatar for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations should publicly commit to uphold international human rights, including women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on September 12, 2020. The United States, European Union, and other countries supporting the peace process should use their political and economic leverage to ensure explicit human rights commitments and enforcement mechanisms in any final agreement.

Global Coalition urges UN to Address China’s Human Rights Abuses

More than 300 Organizations Call for International Mechanism

The United Nations should urgently create an independent international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations, a global coalition of 321 civil society groups said in an open letter on September 09, 2020. The groups hailed from more than 60 countries around the world – from Azerbaijan to Zambia, from Morocco to Malaysia, from Vietnam to Venezuela.

Social Media Platforms Remove War Crimes Evidence

Archive Needed to Preserve Content Deemed Dangerous

Social media platforms are taking down online content they consider terrorist, violently extremist, or hateful in a way that prevents its potential use to investigate serious crimes, including war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on September 10, 2020. While it is understandable that these platforms remove content that incites or promotes violence, they should ensure that this material is archived so it can possibly be used to hold those responsible to account.

Turkey: Release Osman Kavala

Authorities Should Comply with Council of Europe Order to Free Human Rights Defender

Turkish authorities should immediately release human rights defender Osman Kavala, in compliance with the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ decision of September 3, 2020, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch, and the Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project said on September 07, 2020.

Attacks on Students, Teachers, and Schools Surge in Africa’s Sahel

First International Day to Protect Education from Attack Addresses Violations Globally

The Central Sahel has seen a significant spike in attacks on students, teachers, and schools since 2018, according to a new report released on September 08, 2020 by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The report is launched ahead of the first ever United Nations International Day to Protect Education from Attack on September 9, 2020.

Pakistan: Poor Conditions Rife in Women’s Prisons

Adopt Human Rights Ministry’s Recommendations

Pakistan’s Human Rights Ministry has issued a report finding that women in prison face poor conditions and receive inadequate medical care, Human Rights Watch said on September 07, 2020. The government should immediately carry out the ministry’s recommendations to ensure adequate care and end mistreatment in women’s prisons.

Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

Authorities Exploiting Pornography Law to Target LGBT People

The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta that highlights the threat to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country, Human Rights Watch said on September 07, 2020. On September 2, 2020, police forcibly broke up a party at a hotel, arresting nine men and charging them under the discriminatory pornography law.