Human Rights

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.

Sri Lanka: Reject New Counterterrorism Bill

Proposed Law Breaks Government Pledge to End Abuse

The government of Sri Lanka’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Act would empower the authorities to systematically violate fundamental human rights, Human Rights Watch said on April 7, 2023. The government should withdraw the bill and ensure through consultations that any counterterrorism legislation upholds international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said.

UN rights experts condemn Uganda’s ‘egregious’ anti-LGBT legislation

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Vendors sell fruit and vegetables at Nakasero Market, in Kampala Uganda.