Human Rights

Indonesia: Activists on Trial for Criminal Defamation

Drop Charges Against Rights Defenders Who Criticized Military Role in Papua

Indonesian authorities should drop the criminal defamation charges against two prominent human rights defenders in Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said on April 14, 2023. On April 3, 2023, the East Jakarta district court began the trial of Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti based on a complaint filed by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, a coordinating minister in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet, in August 2021.

Russia: Sentencing for Prominent Kremlin Critic

Free Vladimir Kara-Murza; Vacate Brazenly Unjust Charges

Moscow City Court is scheduled to deliver a verdict on April 17, 2023 in the criminal trial against the prominent Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, Human Rights Watch said on April 14, 2023. Russian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Kara-Murza, who has been arbitrarily detained for the past year, as well as other peaceful civic and political activists arbitrarily detained in Russia.

UN independent experts spotlight ‘prima facie war crime’ in East Jerusalem

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A market in Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia: Microsoft Should Hold Off On Data Center

Regional Cloud Expansion Risks Furthering Privacy Rights Abuses

Microsoft should suspend its investment in a new cloud data center region in Saudi Arabia until it can clearly demonstrate how it will mitigate the risk of facilitating serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said on April 13, 2023.

Thailand: Myanmar Activists Forcibly Returned

Thai Government Aids Junta’s Persecution of Opposition

Thai immigration officials forcibly returned three Myanmar opposition activists to Myanmar, putting them at grave risk of persecution and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said on April 12, 2023. Myanmar junta authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of the activists – Thiha, 38, Htet Nay Win, 31, and Saw Phyo Lay, 26 – and any charges against them.

UK must protect unaccompanied children seeking asylum, urge UN experts

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A young Syrian boy in Calais, France, is hoping to reach his uncle who is living in the UK.

Malaysia Repeals Mandatory Death Penalty

Meaningful Move Should Pave Way to Full Abolition

Malaysia’s abolition of the mandatory death penalty is an important step toward aligning with international human rights norms and growing global opposition to capital punishment, Human Rights Watch said on April 11, 2023.

Brazil: Recognize Indigenous Land Rights

Review Rule for Arbitrary Cutoff Date

Brazil should not impose an arbitrary cutoff date that curtails the land rights of Indigenous peoples, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Solicitor General Jorge Messias on April 12, 2023.

Reflecting on genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Guterres urges all nations to stand firm against rising hate, intolerance

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Marking the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (2019).

Thailand: Upcoming Election Fundamentally Flawed

Unfair Processes, Censorship, Oppression

Thailand’s election scheduled for May 14, 2023, will be held under political, constitutional, and legal frameworks that make a free and fair process nearly impossible, Human Rights Watch said on April 6, 2023.