Human Rights

Global Coalition urges UN to Address China’s Human Rights Abuses

More than 300 Organizations Call for International Mechanism

The United Nations should urgently create an independent international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations, a global coalition of 321 civil society groups said in an open letter on September 09, 2020. The groups hailed from more than 60 countries around the world – from Azerbaijan to Zambia, from Morocco to Malaysia, from Vietnam to Venezuela.

Social Media Platforms Remove War Crimes Evidence

Archive Needed to Preserve Content Deemed Dangerous

Social media platforms are taking down online content they consider terrorist, violently extremist, or hateful in a way that prevents its potential use to investigate serious crimes, including war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on September 10, 2020. While it is understandable that these platforms remove content that incites or promotes violence, they should ensure that this material is archived so it can possibly be used to hold those responsible to account.

Turkey: Release Osman Kavala

Authorities Should Comply with Council of Europe Order to Free Human Rights Defender

Turkish authorities should immediately release human rights defender Osman Kavala, in compliance with the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ decision of September 3, 2020, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch, and the Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project said on September 07, 2020.

Attacks on Students, Teachers, and Schools Surge in Africa’s Sahel

First International Day to Protect Education from Attack Addresses Violations Globally

The Central Sahel has seen a significant spike in attacks on students, teachers, and schools since 2018, according to a new report released on September 08, 2020 by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The report is launched ahead of the first ever United Nations International Day to Protect Education from Attack on September 9, 2020.

Pakistan: Poor Conditions Rife in Women’s Prisons

Adopt Human Rights Ministry’s Recommendations

Pakistan’s Human Rights Ministry has issued a report finding that women in prison face poor conditions and receive inadequate medical care, Human Rights Watch said on September 07, 2020. The government should immediately carry out the ministry’s recommendations to ensure adequate care and end mistreatment in women’s prisons.

Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

Authorities Exploiting Pornography Law to Target LGBT People

The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta that highlights the threat to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country, Human Rights Watch said on September 07, 2020. On September 2, 2020, police forcibly broke up a party at a hotel, arresting nine men and charging them under the discriminatory pornography law.

Egypt: Man Dies in Unjust Detention

Four Deaths in Custody Reported in Three Days

A 64-year-old Egyptian man whose United States-based family pleaded several times for his release because of his medical condition died in Tora Maximum-Security Prison II in Cairo on September 2, 2020, after nearly two years in detention without trial, Human Rights Watch said on September 03,2020.

China: Mongolian Mother-Tongue Classes Curtailed

New ‘Bilingual’ Policy Threatens Children’s Education

The Chinese government should reverse its new policy of increasingly replacing Mongolian with Mandarin Chinese as the language of instruction in Inner Mongolia schools, Human Rights Watch said on September 04, 2020. Chinese authorities should also stop harassing those who have peacefully protested in support of Mongolian language education.

Nepal: Punish Rights Abusers; Protect Independent NHRC

Donors Should Recognize There Is No Development Without Rule of Law and Accountability

The Nepal government should act on the National Human Rights Commission’s findings to ensure accountability for grave human rights abuses by security forces, Human Rights Watch said on September 02, 2020. The government should stop reversing the commission’s findings and ensure its independence.

Syria: Health Workers Lack Protection in Pandemic

Protective Equipment Shortages, Reporting Lapses Risking Lives

Syrian authorities are failing to protect health workers at the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic in government-held territory, Human Rights Watch said on September 02, 2020.