Human Rights

Russia: Repression, Discrimination Ahead of World Cup

FIFA Should Stand Up for Rights One Month Before Kickoff

The FIFA World Cup starting on June 14, 2018, will take place during the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era, Human Rights Watch said on May 15, 2018. FIFA should use its leverage with the Russian authorities to address labor rights abuses, restrictions on fundamental freedoms, and an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders.

Indonesia: ISIS Suicide Bombers Use Children in 4 Attacks

Government Should Assist Affected Church Members, Child Survivors

Coordinated suicide bombings of three Christian churches and the police headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, on May 13-14, 2018, were repugnant acts of violence, Human Rights Watch said on May 15, 2018. The attackers intentionally used their own children, who were between the ages of 9 and 18, to either carry and detonate explosives or to accompany their parents carrying out the attacks.

OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe promotes gender equality by supporting working groups of women leaders

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Members of the informal Central Co-ordination Body during a one-day meeting on gender equality through work of women leaders, Dushanbe, 4 May 2018.

China: Visiting Officials Occupy Homes in Muslim Region

‘Becoming Family’ Campaign Intensifies Repression in Xinjiang

Chinese officials, since early 2018, have imposed regular “home stays” on families in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said on May 13, 2018. These visits are part of the government’s increasingly invasive “Strike Hard” campaign in the region, home to 11 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities.

Cambodia: Release Ex-Radio Free Asia Journalists

Now Held for Six Months on Politically Motivated Espionage Charges

Cambodian authorities should drop fabricated espionage charges against former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and immediately and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said on May 12, 2018. Their arrests six months ago on November 14, 2017, were part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ongoing crackdown on the media, civil society groups, and the political opposition that have caused many former RFA and other journalists, activists, and opposition members to flee the country.

Maldives: Release Supreme Court Justices

End Attacks on Judiciary, Political Opposition

The Maldives government should immediately drop politically motivated charges against two Supreme Court justices and release them from detention, Human Rights Watch said on May 10, 2018. On the same day, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were sentenced to one year, seven months in prison on charges of influencing court rulings. Saeed was also sentenced to five months in prison on obstruction charges earlier this week, and both justices face additional charges of terrorism.

Brazil: New Evidence of Army Role in Rio Ambush

No Arrests 6 Months After Killings of 8 People

New accounts by witnesses suggest that the killers of a group of people in a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro on November 11, 2017, were members of the army special forces, Human Rights Watch said on May 11, 2018.

Honouring Second World War victims, UN chief calls neo-Nazism ‘a spreading cancer’

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Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium) makes remarks on the opening ceremony of the “The Lessons of the Long-gone War We Still Remember” photo exhibition.

Bangladesh: Protect Freedom of Expression

Repeal Draconian Section 57 but New Law Should Not Replicate Abuses

Scores of people have been arrested over the past five years in Bangladesh under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act) for criticizing the government, political leaders, and others on Facebook, as well as in blogs, online newspapers, or other social media, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published on May 09, 2018. A proposed Digital Security Bill to replace the existing abusive law, however, is in some respects even broader than the one it seeks to replace, and violates the country’s international obligation to protect freedom of speech.

Cambodia: Coerced Sale of Last Independent Newspaper

Phnom Penh Post Sold to Hun Sen-Linked Company Ahead of July Elections

The government-coerced sale of Cambodia’s oldest English-language newspaper to a Malaysian businessman whose company has ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen marks the end of independent local newspapers in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said on May 08, 2018. The sale of the highly respected Phnom Penh Post was precipitated by a seemingly concocted tax bill of US$3.9 million levied against the paper, which was settled as part of the sale. A similarly vague tax forced the country’s other independent newspaper, the Cambodia Daily, to close in 2017.