Human Rights

Venezuela: Systematic Abuses of Opponents

Brutality, Torture, Political Persecution Without Accountability

The Venezuelan government has systematically used brutal treatment, including torture, against anti-government protesters and political opponents, Human Rights Watch and the Penal Forum, a Venezuelan rights group, said in a report released on Nov 29.

Vietnam: EU Should Press for Release of Political Prisoners

Reverse Conviction Against ‘Mother Mushroom’ Ahead of Human Rights Dialogue

The European Union should press the Vietnamese government to release all political prisoners and detainees; end repression of freedom of speech, association, and assembly; and take steps to end police brutality, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 28. The EU and Vietnam will hold their 7th annual bilateral human rights dialogue in Hanoi on December 1, 2017.

Bangladesh: Mass Death Sentences Confirmed

Mutiny Trials Rife With Procedural Flaws, Torture Allegations

The Bangladesh government should agree to new trials meeting international standards for members of the former Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) accused of mutiny and murder, including 139 whose death sentences were upheld on November 27, 2017, by the High Court, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 28. The court also upheld life sentences for another 146 people.

Regional efforts to engage men and boys on gender equality need to be strengthened, conclude experts at OSCE MenEngage expert meeting

Elli Scambor (r), Managing director of the Institute for Masculinity Studies presenting in the panel discussion at the MenEngage expert meeting, Vienna, 24 November 2017.

Urgent Call to Address Gender-based Violence in Syria

The United Nations is calling for greater action to address gender-based violence and its prevention in Syria.

“Gender-based violence continues to undermine the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims in Syria,” Panos Moumtzis, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) for the Syria Crisis,” said in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Saturday. “It’s imperative we do more.”

Cambodia: Hun Sen Seeks to Shut Major Rights Group

Says Cambodian Center for Human Rights ‘Must Close’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for the interior ministry to investigate and shut the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), a leading human rights group, Human Rights Watch said. The statement appeared linked to the politically motivated prosecution of political opposition leader Kem Sokha and the dissolution of his Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Egypt: Sinai Attack Inflicts Horrendous Civilian Toll

The horrific attack by armed militants on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai region during Friday prayers is a grim reminder of the dangers facing Sinai residents on Nov 24, Human Rights Watch said.

Relation between children’s rights and media, hate speech and hate crime focus of OSCE-supported regional conference on safeguarding human rights in Western Balkans

Moderator Dragoljub Duško Vuković (c) discusses about protection of children from harmful media content during a workshop, Podgorica, 23 November 2017.

OSCE/ODIHR builds capacity of Ukrainian police in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence

Ukrainian police educators and officers participate in a group exercise during a capacity building event on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence. The event was organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Kyiv on 22 and 23 November 2017.

China: France Should Spotlight Rights Crisis

Foreign Minister Le Drian Should Call for Releases, Announce Policy Review

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian should publicly urge respect for human rights in meetings with China’s new leadership, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 23 in a letter to the foreign minister. Le Drian is visiting China for the first time as foreign minister from November 24 to 27, 2017.