Human Rights

International Review Committee on the ICCPR and the ICESCR Concerned about the Current Human Rights Situation in Taiwan

NGO Groups Criticize National Report for cover-up

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On May 11, in the fourth cluster of Review Meeting of the ROC’s Third Report under the ICCPR and ICESCR, the review committee is concerned about the current human rights situation such as freedom of domestic relocation, prohibited exiting the country due to taxation issues, called administrative enforcement, expulsions of foreigners, refugee act, the principle of recusal of judges, and procedural rights in judicial proceedings.

Singapore: UN experts urge immediate end to death penalty

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Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Hong Kong: Prominent Democracy Advocates Arrested

Ominous Action Days After Beijing Appoints City’s New Chief

The Hong Kong police should drop their baseless criminal investigations against five prominent pro-democracy advocates, Human Rights Watch said on May 13, 2022. The cases highlight the Hong Kong government's broadening crackdown on human rights.

Brazil: Attacks on Gender and Sexuality Education

Scrap Discriminatory Bills and Laws, Support Teachers

Lawmakers and other public officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels in Brazil have used pernicious legal and political tactics to undermine and even prohibit gender and sexuality education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 12, 2022.

UK: Afghan Women Evacuees in Limbo

Home Office Should Expedite Long-Term Housing, Support Services

The uncertainty and crowding in temporary housing is causing growing tensions for Afghan evacuees in the United Kingdom, especially women.

Ecuador: Latest prison riot highlights need for criminal justice reform

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Quito, Ecuador's capital.

Ukraine: UN rights office probe spotlights harrowing plight of civilians

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A woman retrieves possessions from her bombed house in the village of Novoselivka, near Chernihiv, Ukraine.

The International Review of the Two Covenants Debuts

Crowd Protest State Violence is as Terrible as War

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People carrying banners that read, "Violation of the two Conventions-Executive power violence is as terrible as war."

Nicaragua: New law heralds damaging crackdown on civil society, UN warns

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A new law in Nicaragua will prohibit NGOs from engaging in any political activity.

US-ASEAN: Promote Rights, Democracy at Summit

President Biden Should Raise Key Issues with Regional Leaders

The United States-ASEAN Special Summit on May 12, 2022 will embolden autocratic leaders unless it directly confronts the region’s worsening environment for human rights and democracy, Human Rights Watch said on May 10, 2022 in a letter to the summit’s host, US President Joseph Biden. Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should also acknowledge the bloc’s failure to achieve progress in addressing the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar since the February 2021 military coup.