Human Rights

Thailand: Prominent Scholar Faces 15-Year Term

Sulak Sivaraksa Accused of ‘Insulting Monarchy’ in Historical Analysis

Thailand’s military prosecutor should drop the case against a leading scholar for “insulting the monarchy” for his analysis of a 16th-century battle, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 06. On December 7, 2017, the military prosecutor will determine whether to proceed with the indictment of Sulak Sivaraksa, 85, for violating the Penal Code article 112 on lese majeste, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Senegal: Video of Chad Ex-Dictator’s Trial

Hissène Habré’s Victims Seeking Reparations

Human Rights Watch released a new video “The Trial of Hissène Habré,” about the trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator on Dec 06. The video is being released as Habré’s victims step up their campaign to receive the reparations they have been awarded.

US: Devastating Impact of Trump’s Immigration Policy

Deportations Undercut Fundamental Rights

A surge in immigration arrests of people living in the United States under the Trump administration is having a devastating impact on long-term immigrants with strong ties to the US.

Iraq: Flawed Prosecution of ISIS Suspects

Undermines Justice for Victims

The Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are conducting thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Dec 05. The haphazard approach and rampant due process violations are likely to deny justice to the victims of the worst abuses during ISIS control of parts of Iraq.

UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya, says genocide ‘cannot be ruled out’

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A Rohingya refugee holds an infant in his arms as he stands alongside children and women on a makeshift raft after they crossed the Naf River, which demarcates the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Yemen: Ali Abdullah Saleh Leaves Behind Grim Legacy

Ex-President’s Death Underscores Need for Impartial Investigations

The killing of former longtime Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on December 4, 2017, underlines the need for governments to support the new United Nations expert panel to investigate abuses by all sides to Yemen’s war, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 05. Saleh, implicated in numerous abuses during his 33-year-long rule of Yemen and during the current conflict, was reportedly killed by Houthi forces while trying to leave the capital, Sanaa.

Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies 'for, by and with persons with disabilities' – UN

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DR Congo: Rebels Were Recruited to Crush Protests

M23 Fighters Helped Kabila Maintain Power

Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Dec 04. Kabila has since strengthened his hold on power and delayed elections, raising concerns that planned protests will be met with further violence and repression.

59 Countries Delegates Gather in the 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education

Canadian Prime Minister Sets an Example to Human Rights by Delivering Apology to Aborigines

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The opening ceremony of the 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) took place at the Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Libya: Mass Extra-Judicial Execution

Need for Investigation, Accountability

Armed groups loyal to Libyan National Army forces (LNA) appear to have summarily executed dozens of men in the LNA-controlled town of al-Abyar, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 29.