Human Rights

Singapore: Laws Chill Free Speech, Assembly

The Singapore government’s use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Dec 13.

Human Rights Day: UN officials pledge to advance human dignity, equality and rights

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A UN Human Rights Officer from the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) visiting the Sevare jail, in...

Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses Security Council meeting on the situation in...

Burma: Rohingya Return Deal Bad for Refugees

An agreement by Bangladesh and Burma to begin returning Rohingya refugees to Burma by January 23, 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns and should be shelved, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the two governments on...

Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban

Brazilian lawmakers should reject a dangerous constitutional amendment that would prohibit abortion in all circumstances, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 12. The proposed amendment would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when...

Medical Students Spend a Day to Commemorate the Human Rights Day

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The contrast between Hong Kong and Taiwan’s tax rate

Human Rights Day: UN to launch campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

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Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. (November 1949...

Iran: Imprisoned Foreign Student Threatened

The Iranian authorities’ transfer of an imprisoned US doctoral student within Tehran’s Evin prison heightens fear for his safety, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 09. On December 6, 2017, Xiyue Wang, a Princeton Ph.D. student and US citizen, was moved...

Mexico: Reject Internal Security Law

The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 07.

Libya: New Wave of Attacks Against Sufi Sites

Sufi religious sites are under assault in Libya, with two mosques in Tripoli heavily damaged by unidentified forces over the past two months, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 07.