Human Rights

India: Supreme Court Strikes Down Sodomy Law

India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the world’s second most populous country...

Burundi: ‘They’re hiding the bodies’ after summary executions, say UN investigators

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Doudou Diène, President of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

Iran: Intensified Crackdown on Rights Defenders

Iranian authorities have ramped up their crackdown against human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 05. 2018. Since August 31, 2018, they have arrested four more human rights defenders, as well as Reza Khandan, husband of the prominent...

Mauritania: Rape Survivors at Risk

The criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage in Mauritania puts rape survivors at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Sep 05, 2018. The law deters them from filing complaints because they could themselves face prosecution...

Yemen: Coalition Bus Bombing Apparent War Crime

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 26 children and wounded at least 19 more in or near a school bus in the busy market of Dhahyan, in northern Yemen, on August 9, 2018, is an apparent war crime, Human Rights Watch said on Septemper...

Libya: Civilians Killed in Tripoli Clashes

Rival armed groups have killed at least 18 civilians, including four children, since clashes broke out in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on August 26, 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 01, 2018. Armed groups should urgently allow the hundreds of...

UN rights office calls for action to end ‘repression and retaliation’ in crisis-torn Nicaragua

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Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The...

India: 5 More Rights Activists Detained

Indian authorities detained five activists and raided the homes of several others on August 28, 2018, for allegedly inciting caste-based violence in January, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International India said on August 30, 2018. The government...

Thailand: Release Ethnic Minority Refugees, Asylum Seekers

Thai authorities should immediately release 181 ethnic minority refugees and asylum seekers, most with UN refugee status, who were recently arrested, Human Rights Watch said on August 30, 2018. Those detained come mostly from the Montagnard population...

Iran: Over 200 Dervishes Convicted

Since May 2018, revolutionary courts have sentenced at least 208 members of the religious minority to prison terms and other punishments in trials that violate their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on August 29, 2018. The authorities detained...