Human Rights

Malaysia Repeals Mandatory Death Penalty

Malaysia’s abolition of the mandatory death penalty is an important step toward aligning with international human rights norms and growing global opposition to capital punishment, Human Rights Watch said on April 11, 2023.

Brazil: Recognize Indigenous Land Rights

Brazil should not impose an arbitrary cutoff date that curtails the land rights of Indigenous peoples, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Solicitor General Jorge Messias on April 12, 2023.

Reflecting on genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Guterres urges all nations to stand firm against rising hate, intolerance

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Marking the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (2019).

Thailand: Upcoming Election Fundamentally Flawed

Thailand’s election scheduled for May 14, 2023, will be held under political, constitutional, and legal frameworks that make a free and fair process nearly impossible, Human Rights Watch said on April 6, 2023.

Sri Lanka: Reject New Counterterrorism Bill

The government of Sri Lanka’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Act would empower the authorities to systematically violate fundamental human rights, Human Rights Watch said on April 7, 2023. The government should withdraw the bill and ensure through...

UN rights experts condemn Uganda’s ‘egregious’ anti-LGBT legislation

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Vendors sell fruit and vegetables at Nakasero Market, in Kampala Uganda.

Afghanistan: OHCHR alarm over arrests of activists speaking up for women and girls

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Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Burkina Faso: TV News Broadcasts Suspended

The decision by Burkina Faso's transitional military government to suspend France 24 broadcasts violates the right to a free and independent media, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2023. The government should immediately lift the suspension and...

US: Texas Attack on Migrants Reaches New Extremes

Bills before Texas lawmakers that attack migrants, including one that would deputize state-sponsored vigilantes to “deter and repel” people at the border, are dangerous and extreme, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2023.

DPR Korea: Truth, justice needed amid ‘tragic’ legacy of enforced disappearances

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Children and adults pass a high-rise apartment building in Pyongyang, DPRK.