Human Rights

US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse

Amicus Filed in Federal Case Vs. California

California has a clear interest in monitoring dire health and safety conditions in immigrant detention centers in the state, three human and immigrant rights groups said on May 18, 2018 in a friend-of-the-court brief.

Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Advocates Arrested

Jumping Ahead of Crown Prince’s Reforms Risks Jail Time

Saudi authorities since May 15, 2018, detained a total of seven prominent women’s rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said on May 18, 2018. The activists have long advocated ending the ban on women driving and abolishing the discriminatory male guardianship system. Among those arrested are Eman al-Nafjan and Lujain al-Hathloul, along with two male activists, but authorities have not revealed the reason behind the arrests.

Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

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OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

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Human Rights Council special session on “the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” on 18 May 2018, United Nations Office in Geneva.

Burundi: Killings, Abuse Ahead of Referendum

UN, EU, US Should Expand Targeted Sanctions

Burundi’s security services and ruling party youth league members killed, raped, abducted, beat, and intimidated suspected opponents in the months leading up to a constitutional referendum on May 17, 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 18. The country has faced a political, human rights, and humanitarian crisis since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a disputed third term.

Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims

Special Criminal Court Makes Progress, Needs International Support

Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country’s new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country’s conflicts, Human Rights Watch said on May 17, 2018. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of homes.

Bangladesh: Skirting the Issues at the UN

Periodic Rights Review Response Ignored Main Concerns

The Bangladesh delegation to the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 14, 2018, failed to respond to pressing human rights concerns in the country, Human Rights Watch said on May 16, 2018.

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2018

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to combat all forms of discrimination and hate crime, on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, and to continue to actively promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

Germany/Russia: Merkel To Meet Putin

Chancellor Visiting Amid New Levels of Repression

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 18, 2018 in Sochi is a crucial opportunity to press for the release of a wrongfully detained Russian human rights defender and to raise other key human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said on May 16, 2018.

Gambia: Ex-President Tied to 2005 Murders of Ghanaian and Nigerian Migrants

Ghanaian Groups Urge Prosecution of Yahya Jammeh

A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said on May 16, 2018.