Human Rights

Iran: possible crimes against humanity, absence of accountability - top rights expert

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An aerial view of Tehran, Iran's capital city.

Pakistan: Drop Overbroad Terrorism Charges

The police in Pakistan have used abusive measures in the escalating confrontation between police and Imran Khan’s supporters, Human Rights Watch said on March 21, 2023.

Haiti/France: Journalist Sued for Exposing Sex Abuse in Haiti Soccer

A French investigative journalist who exposed sexual abuse accusations against Yves Jean-Bart, the former Haiti football federation president, is facing a defamation lawsuit by Jean-Bart, Human Rights Watch said on March 21, 2023.

Kyrgyzstan: Free the 22 ‘Kempir-Abad’ Protest Detainees

Twenty-two civil activists, bloggers, journalists, and politicians who disagreed with the government over a border issue and are currently in pretrial facilities in Kyrgyzstan should be immediately released and their due process rights upheld, Human...

South Sudan: Violence against civilians ticks up despite fall in attacks overall

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Waves of fighting have displaced families in the Upper Nile State in South Sudan...

Saudi Arabia: Jordanian Executed After Unfair Trial

Saudi authorities executed Hussein Abu al-Khair, a Jordanian citizen, on March 12, 2023, after his conviction for a nonviolent drug crime, Human Rights Watch said on March 17, 2023. The judge ignored his allegations that he had confessed only after...

More than two years on, impact of Myanmar military coup ‘devastating’

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A woman holds her six-month-old son in front of their small makeshift home in...

Mozambique: Police Teargas Rapper’s Funeral Procession

Mozambican authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the police use of teargas on the funeral procession of a famous rap star on March 14, 2023, in Maputo, Human Rights Watch said on March 16, 2023. Edson da Luz, known as “Azagaia,” who...

Egypt: End Stranglehold on Nongovernmental Groups

The Egyptian government should abolish the April 11, 2023 registration deadline for the country’s draconian 2019 associations law until the law is amended to ensure that nongovernmental organizations can operate freely without intrusive government...

Myanmar: Social media companies urged to stand up to junta

In an appeal to internet chat platforms to monitor content more carefully and allocate...