Human Rights

Turkey/Syria: Border Guards Shoot, Block Fleeing Syrians

Exposes Asylum Seekers to Further Risk, Abuse

Guards at Turkey’s closed border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning Syrian asylum seekers attempting to cross into Turkey, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 3, 2018.

Security operations by Myanmar show ‘established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups – UN expert

A reception point for Rohingya refugees at Haria Khali Primary School in Sabrang Union of Teknaf Upazila, in Bangladesh.

Thailand: 39 Democracy Activists Charged

Sedition, Illegal Assembly Charges Stifle Free Speech, Peaceful Assembly

Thai authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against 39 activists who peacefully protested military rule at a rally in Bangkok on January 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Jan 02, 2018. If convicted, seven activists charged with sedition face up to seven years in prison.

Peru: Revoke Fujimori Pardon

Human Rights Watch Submits Brief to Rights Court

The Peruvian government should revoke the humanitarian pardon granted to former autocratic President Alberto Fujimori, Human Rights Watch said on Jan 01 as it submitted an amicus brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR). The IACtHR, the main human rights court in the Americas, will examine Fujimori’s release during a hearing set for February 2, 2018.

More than 1 billion women lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence, finds World Bank study

More than one billion women lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence, says new research from the World Bank.

The study, Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment, also found that close to 1.4 billion women lack legal protection against domestic economic violence.

ODIHR experts visit Serbia for consultations as part of Western Balkans election support project

ODIHR election experts meeting with representatives of Serbia’s parliamentary Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues during their visit to Belgrade. 30 January 2018.

New law on World War II crimes in Poland can threaten freedom of expression, says OSCE Representative Désir

Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media , speaking at the opening of the Internet Freedom Conference, 13 October 2017, Vienna.

OSCE PA human rights chair concerned about reversal of release of Amnesty head in Turkey

Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain), Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, on February 1st, expressed his concern over developments in the case of Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey.

‘I feel guilty I survived;’ youngest Schindler’s list Holocaust survivor tells United Nations her story

Eva Lavi, Holocaust survivor, addresses the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on the theme, ‘Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility.’

Libya: Displaced Benghazi Families Prevented From Return

Torture, Disappearances, Property Seizure

Armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi are preventing thousands of internally displaced families from returning to their homes in that city, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 01, 2018. The armed groups, some loyal to Libyan National Army forces (LNA), accuse the families broadly of “terrorism” or “supporting terrorism.”