Human Rights

Peru: Lethal force by police officers must be barred from peaceful demonstrations

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Aerial view of Lima, the capital of Peru.

New study outlines importance of gender for children caught up in conflict

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Students of the Warkak's accelerated learning center in Daikundi Province, Afghanistan, walk home together over the dusty hills.

7.7 million people displaced inside Ukraine, warns UN relief chief, as aid conference raises $6.5 billion

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A woman walks past destroyed apartment buildings and vehicles in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

Lebanon: Credible Plans Needed on Education Crisis

Donors Should Press Ministry to Improve Access, Transparency; End Policy Barriers

Donor governments should address the unprecedented education crisis in Lebanon at the funding conference on May 10, 2022, in Brussels, the Center for Lebanese Studies and Human Rights Watch said on May 06, 2022. Public schools for hundreds of thousands of Lebanese and Syrian students have largely been closed for the last three school years.

Iran: Release Detained Teacher Activists

More Than 20 Teachers detained

Iranian authorities have increased their crackdown against teachers organizing for their rights, Human Rights Watch said on May 5, 2022. The authorities should immediately and unconditionally release teachers detained for engaging in peaceful protests and labor organization.

Threats to media workers’ freedom ‘growing by the day’, UN chief warns

Journalists and media workers are facing “increasing politicization” of their work and threats to their freedom to simply do their jobs, that are “growing by the day”, said the UN chief, marking World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday.

Central African Republic: Abuses by Russia-Linked Forces

Killings, Torture of Civilians

Forces in the Central African Republic, whom witnesses identified as Russian, appear to have summarily executed, tortured, and beaten civilians since 2019, Human Rights Watch said on May 03, 2022. National authorities, the country’s Special Criminal Court (SCC), or the International Criminal Court (ICC), should investigate these incidents as well as other credible allegations of abuse by Russia-linked forces with a view to criminal prosecution.

Mexico: Address Persistent Violence Against Journalists

Killings in 2022 on Track to Reach Record Levels

Escalating violence against journalists in Mexico is seriously undermining press freedom, Human Rights Watch said on May 3, on World Press Freedom Day. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador should take urgent steps to strengthen the federal government protection mechanism, stop official harassment of journalists who criticize the government, and ensure prosecutors end the near-total impunity for these crimes.

El Salvador: Evidence of Serious Abuse in State of Emergency

Arbitrary Arrests, Short-Term Disappearances, Deaths in Custody

There is mounting evidence that El Salvadoran authorities have been committing serious human rights violations since adopting a state of emergency on March 27, 2022, Human Rights Watch and Cristosal said on May 2, 2022. The organizations, which are jointly monitoring the state of emergency, have received credible allegations of dozens of arbitrary arrests, including some that could amount to short-term enforced disappearances, and of two deaths of people in custody.

Iran: Labor Protests Surge

Unpaid Wages, Unsafe Work Conditions, Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecutions

Iranian workers are facing mounting economic and political challenges to realizing their labor rights, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Activists (HRA), an Iranian human rights documentation group said, ahead of International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2022.