Human Rights

Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Rights Campaigner

Brotherhood for Democracy Member on Trial

Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against Nguyen Trung Truc for peaceful rights activism and release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said on September 10, 2018.

UN Rights Council: Secure Justice for Myanmar Victims

New Q&A on Prosecutions for Atrocities by Myanmar Forces

The United Nations Human Rights Council should act to preserve evidence and create a path to justice for victims of atrocities in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 10, 2018 in issuing a question and answer document. The Human Rights Council is expected to adopt a resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar as part of its 39th session, which starts at the same day.

China: Massive Crackdown in Muslim Region

Mass Arbitrary Detention, Religious Repression, Surveillance in Xinjiang

The Chinese government is conducting a mass, systematic campaign of human rights violations against Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in northwestern China.

Thailand: Drop Cases for Online Reporting on Alleged Rape

Computer Crime Charges Threaten Media Coverage of Abuses

Thai authorities are wrongfully prosecuting online news outlets and social media users for reporting an alleged rape case at a popular tourist island in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 07, 2018.

‘Children’s crisis’ in South Sudan must be addressed, says top UN official calling for real accountability

Former child soldiers are released in Yambio in South Sudan in February 2018.

Verdict against South Sudan soldiers ‘finally delivers justice’ – UN Mission

Internally displaced persons slithering at a UN protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, take cover as the compound comes under attack amidst heavy fighting between the SPLA and the SPLA-IO.

Qatar: End All Migrant Worker Exit Visas

New Law Falls Short of Labor Reform Pledges

The bill that Qatar’s emir signed on September 4, 2018 now allows foreign workers the right to leave the country but excludes several key groups of workers and falls short of Qatar’s reform pledges over the last year, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 06, 2018. Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 Football World Cup and employing thousands of extra migrant workers to build infrastructure for the tournament, has come under increased scrutiny of its treatment of foreign workers since winning the bid.

India: Supreme Court Strikes Down Sodomy Law

Upholds Rights to Privacy, Non-discrimination for LGBT People

India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the world’s second most populous country.

Burundi: ‘They’re hiding the bodies’ after summary executions, say UN investigators

Doudou Diène, President of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

Iran: Intensified Crackdown on Rights Defenders

Lawyers, Women’s Rights Activists Arrested

Iranian authorities have ramped up their crackdown against human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 05. 2018. Since August 31, 2018, they have arrested four more human rights defenders, as well as Reza Khandan, husband of the prominent imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, all in Tehran. The authorities should immediately release these human rights defenders, who appear to have been arrested solely for peaceful dissent.