Human Rights

Analysts Question Myanmar's 'Independent' Human Rights Commission

A new government commission investigating human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine state is being criticized by skeptics a day after it was announced.

UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in three months

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United Nations work with local communities in Kavumu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to sensitize the population on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Brazil: Decriminalize Abortion

Court Considering Petition to Expand Access

Brazil’s abortion laws are incompatible with its human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said on Jul 31, releasing a video about the issue. Human Rights Watch will speak at a public hearing on August 3 and 6, 2018, as part of a Supreme Court case challenging the criminalization of abortion in Brazil in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Human Rights Watch will urge the court to consider Brazil’s obligations under international law in reaching its ruling.

India: Assam’s Citizen Identification Can Exclude 4 Million People

Ensure Rights, Nondiscrimination for All Residents

The Indian authorities should ensure that documenting and updating the names of citizens in the northeastern state of Assam is transparent and nondiscriminatory, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International India said. The potential exclusion of over 4 million people, many of them Muslims, raises concerns over arbitrary detention and possible statelessness without due process.

China: Crackdown on Tibetan Social Groups

New Regulations Ban Social Action Under Guise of Fighting ‘Organized Crime’

Chinese authorities are using an ostensible anti-mafia campaign to target suspected political dissidents and suppress civil society initiatives in Tibetan areas, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Jul 29, 2018. The authorities are now treating even traditional forms of social action, including local mediation of community or family disputes by lamas or other traditional authority figures, as illegal.

Children account for nearly one-third of identified trafficking victims globally

UNICEF and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking urge Governments to adopt solutions shown to protect uprooted children

Approximately 28 per cent of identified victims of trafficking globally are children, UNICEF and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking (ICAT) said on Jul 29 on the eve of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Across regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, children account for an even higher proportion of identified trafficking victims, at 64 and 62 per cent respectively.

DR Congo: Threats Over Film Exposing Evictions

Documentary Alleges Abuses by President’s Family, Security Detail

Two journalists and two human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo have gone into hiding over threats following the release of a documentary about mass evictions from land claimed by the presidential family.

Bahrain: Hundreds Stripped of Citizenship

Bahrainis Deported from Homeland; Others at Risk

Bahraini authorities should restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals whose citizenship they revoked through executive orders or court decisions since 2012, rendering most of them stateless, Human Rights Watch said on Jul 27, 2018.

Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief Zeid

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Families, fleeing unrest in English-speaking Cameroon, seek refuge in Utanga, Obanliku, Nigeria. Ongoing clashes between Cameroonian State forces and armed separatists have raised concerns of human rights violations.

Australia: Modern Slavery Bill Falls Short

Proposed Law Strong, But Revisions Needed to Better Protect Workers

Australia’s proposed modern slavery law needs revisions to be effective in preventing and ending labor rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a submission on Jul 25, 2018 to Australia’s Parliamentary Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.