Human Rights

Mauritania: Rape Survivors at Risk

Inadequate Investigations, Prosecutions, Remedies, Support

The criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage in Mauritania puts rape survivors at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Sep 05, 2018. The law deters them from filing complaints because they could themselves face prosecution.

Yemen: Coalition Bus Bombing Apparent War Crime

States Supplying Arms Risk Complicity

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 26 children and wounded at least 19 more in or near a school bus in the busy market of Dhahyan, in northern Yemen, on August 9, 2018, is an apparent war crime, Human Rights Watch said on Septemper 02. Countries should immediately halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and support strengthening a United Nations independent inquiry into violations by all parties to Yemen’s armed conflict.

Libya: Civilians Killed in Tripoli Clashes

Residents Trapped Between Armed Groups

Rival armed groups have killed at least 18 civilians, including four children, since clashes broke out in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on August 26, 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 01, 2018. Armed groups should urgently allow the hundreds of civilians trapped to leave and allow safe passage of humanitarian and medical aid and take all feasible precautions to avoid or minimize harm to civilians.

UN rights office calls for action to end ‘repression and retaliation’ in crisis-torn Nicaragua

Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The banner reads "This struggle is non-violent" in Spanish.

India: 5 More Rights Activists Detained

Stop Prosecuting Dissent; Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

Indian authorities detained five activists and raided the homes of several others on August 28, 2018, for allegedly inciting caste-based violence in January, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International India said on August 30, 2018. The government should cease politically motivated arrests and harassment of human rights activists and other actions aimed at chilling peaceful dissent.

Thailand: Release Ethnic Minority Refugees, Asylum Seekers

Uphold Pledge to End Immigration Detention of Children

Thai authorities should immediately release 181 ethnic minority refugees and asylum seekers, most with UN refugee status, who were recently arrested, Human Rights Watch said on August 30, 2018. Those detained come mostly from the Montagnard population in Vietnam and Cambodia and were arrested on August 28, 2018, on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Iran: Over 200 Dervishes Convicted

Trials Violate Rights to Legal Defense, Basic Liberties

Since May 2018, revolutionary courts have sentenced at least 208 members of the religious minority to prison terms and other punishments in trials that violate their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on August 29, 2018. The authorities detained more than 300 community members in the notorious Fashafuyeh and Qarchack prisons after late February protests that included violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran.

Google: Safeguard Rights in China

Firm Should Protect Whistleblowers

Google should not offer censored search services in China and should protect employee whistleblowers who raise ethical concerns, Human Rights Watch and other organizations and advocates said in a letter released on August 28, 2018.

US: The Fight to Overturn Florida’s Lifetime Voting Ban

Making History: A Public Discussion on Restoring Voting Rights in Florida

Florida should make history by voting “Yes” on Florida’s Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions who have served their time, Human Rights Watch said on August 27, 2018.

UN Security Council Should Seek Justice for Myanmar Atrocities

States Should Urgently Create Mechanism to Prepare Future Prosecutions

United Nations member countries should urgently act to ensure that those responsible for atrocity crimes in Myanmar are held to account, Human Rights Watch said. The UN Security Council should refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and concerned governments should immediately present a UN resolution to establish an International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to preserve evidence and assist in investigations for future prosecution of those responsible for atrocity crimes in Myanmar.