Human Rights

Myanmar: Social media companies urged to stand up to junta

In an appeal to internet chat platforms to monitor content more carefully and allocate sufficient resources to do so, the rights experts warned that Telegram in particular had become “a hotbed of pro-military activity”.

Bahrain: 4 Arrested Over Tweets

Bahraini authorities arrested four people over social media posts in early March 2023, Human Rights Watch said on March 14, 2023. One of those arrested had called for reform of Bahrain’s parliamentary system ahead of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Manama.

Cambodia: Labor Leader, Activists Face Baseless Charges

Release Union President and Drop Case Against Members

Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release union president, Chhim Sithar, and drop the baseless criminal charges against her and eight other union members, Human Rights Watch said on March 14, 2023.

US Honors Women and Girls Who Protested in Iran

The U.S. State Department Wednesday honored women and girls who have led protests in Iran as it gave out its International Women of Courage awards.

Pace of Reform Toward Equal Rights for Women Falls to 20-Year Low

“Reform fatigue” poses obstacle to economic growth at a critical time

The global pace of reforms toward equal treatment of women under the law has slumped to a 20-year low, constituting a potential impediment to economic growth at a critical time for the global economy, a new World Bank report shows.

UN rights chief deplores Ukraine death toll one year after Russian invasion

A mother in Bucha, Ukraine, buries her son whose body was found along with 450 others after soldiers retreated from the town.

Thousands of Refugee Students Cut off from Classes in Lebanon

University Cuts Ties with Organization that Criticized Decision

Thousands of Syrian refugee students in Lebanon are being cut off from classes, all, according to officials, in the name of “equality.”

In Memory of Venerable Master Hsing-Yun

Tai Ji Men Prays for the Propagation of the Teachings of Enlightened Masters and World Peace

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, center right, the leader of Tai Ji Men, led 60 representatives of Tai Ji Men dizi to pay tribute to Master Hsing Yun, and took a group photo with Deputy Abbot Hui Zhao, center left, at Fo Guang Shan.

Ukraine: New Light on Russia’s Rail Station Attack

Despite Denials, Research Confirms Russian Forces Had Weapons, Opportunity

Russia’s cluster munition strike on the crowded Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine in April 2022 killed dozens of civilians in violation of the laws of war, and was an apparent war crime, Human Rights Watch and SITU Research said in a report and video released on February 21, 2023.

Russia: Political Prisoner Feared Forcibly Disappeared

Concerns for Andrey Pivovarov’s Well-being, Family

Russian authorities have refused for a month to provide information about the location of a political prisoner, Andrey Pivovarov, raising concerns that he has been forcibly disappeared, Human Rights Watch said on February 18, 2023.