Human Rights

Egypt: Man Dies in Unjust Detention

Four Deaths in Custody Reported in Three Days

A 64-year-old Egyptian man whose United States-based family pleaded several times for his release because of his medical condition died in Tora Maximum-Security Prison II in Cairo on September 2, 2020, after nearly two years in detention without trial, Human Rights Watch said on September 03,2020.

China: Mongolian Mother-Tongue Classes Curtailed

New ‘Bilingual’ Policy Threatens Children’s Education

The Chinese government should reverse its new policy of increasingly replacing Mongolian with Mandarin Chinese as the language of instruction in Inner Mongolia schools, Human Rights Watch said on September 04, 2020. Chinese authorities should also stop harassing those who have peacefully protested in support of Mongolian language education.

Nepal: Punish Rights Abusers; Protect Independent NHRC

Donors Should Recognize There Is No Development Without Rule of Law and Accountability

The Nepal government should act on the National Human Rights Commission’s findings to ensure accountability for grave human rights abuses by security forces, Human Rights Watch said on September 02, 2020. The government should stop reversing the commission’s findings and ensure its independence.

Syria: Health Workers Lack Protection in Pandemic

Protective Equipment Shortages, Reporting Lapses Risking Lives

Syrian authorities are failing to protect health workers at the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic in government-held territory, Human Rights Watch said on September 02, 2020.

Enforced disappearances ‘rife across the world’ – UN chief

Relatives of the missing demonstrating silently outside UN headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo, 2002.

Myanmar: End Harassment of Rakhine Media Outlets

Ensure Access to Information, Press Freedom in Embattled State

Myanmar authorities should stop using criminal laws, website blocks, and licensing delays to severely restrict the two ethnic Rakhine media outlets in Rakhine State.

Argentina: Legalize Abortion

End Insurmountable Barriers

The life and health of anyone who is pregnant in Argentina will be at risk as long as access to abortion and post-abortion care remains heavily restricted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on August 31, 2020. Congress should legalize abortion to protect their fundamental rights, given the insurmountable obstacles they face when trying to access abortion under the limited exceptions authorized by law.

Deliberate silencing of peaceful voices in Iraq ‘unacceptable’, says UN human rights chief

Protesters in Liberation Square, Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.

Jordan: Arrests, Forced Dispersal at Teacher Protests

Teachers’ Syndicate Board Released; Others Still Held

Jordanian authorities have exploited the country’s Covid-19 pandemic to forcibly disperse public protests against the arbitrary closure of the country’s Teachers Syndicate and mass arrests of its leadership, Human Rights Watch said on August 27, 2020.

Thailand: More Protest Leaders Arrested

Stop Detaining Democracy Rally Organizers

Thai authorities are increasingly arresting pro-democracy leaders in Bangkok for their role in organizing the widening protests, Human Rights Watch said on August 27, 2020. The authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release pro-democracy activists arbitrarily detained for participating in peaceful rallies.