Human Rights

South Africa: Widespread Xenophobic Violence

Implement National Action Plan; Hold Attackers Responsible

Xenophobic harassment and violence against African and Asian foreigners living in South Africa are routine and sometimes lethal, Human Rights Watch said in a report, video, and Witness article released on September 17, 2020. Despite the March 2019 adoption of a government action plan to combat xenophobia, the government has done very little to ensure that attacks by members of the public, the police, and government officials are investigated and that those responsible are held accountable.

Mozambique: Alleged Soldiers Execute Woman

Impartial Investigation in Cabo Delgado Urgently Needed

Mozambican authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent summary execution of an unarmed and naked woman by men wearing army uniforms. The killing, which was captured on an unverified video that went viral on social media, comes amid allegations of abuses by government soldiers in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, where they are battling an Islamist armed group.


Health, immigration, & labor groups sue agency for failing to respond to FOIA requests

Activists protest family detentions outside of the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, TX.

Turkey: Lawyers Arrested in Terror Probe

Abusive Mass Arrests Damage Rule of Law, Expose Detainees to Covid-19 Risk

Turkish police, in dawn raids on September 11, 2020, arrested 47 lawyers at their homes in Ankara and searched their offices, Human Rights Watch said on September 16, 2020.

UN: Release Saudi Dissidents, Activists

Saudi Arabia should release all political dissidents and women’s rights activists, provide accountability for past abuses, and end persistent discrimination against women, 29 countries said on September 15, 2020. The statement, delivered by Denmark at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, noted that while Saudi Arabia has made some reforms on women’s rights and limited use of the death penalty against child offenders in recent years, the overall human rights situation remains a matter of concern.

Journalism under fire: UNESCO raises alarm over surge of attacks on media workers covering protests

Protesters demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice in Brooklyn, New York.

Iran: ‘Secret execution’ of champion wrestler ‘deeply disturbing’ – UN rights experts

People walking in Mehran, Ilam Province, Iran.

A youthful 75: next generation to carry the torch for UN values

75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization.

Cambodia: Free Detained Youth, Environmental Activists

End de Facto Ban on Phnom Penh Protests

The Cambodian authorities should immediately drop baseless incitement charges against 14 recently detained youth and environmental activists and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said on September 11, 2020.

Afghanistan: Protecting Rights Essential in Negotiations

Amid Persistent Abuses by All Sides, Talks Shouldn’t Endanger Freedoms

Afghan government and Taliban officials meeting in Doha, Qatar for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations should publicly commit to uphold international human rights, including women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on September 12, 2020. The United States, European Union, and other countries supporting the peace process should use their political and economic leverage to ensure explicit human rights commitments and enforcement mechanisms in any final agreement.