Human Rights

Indonesia: ISIS Suicide Bombers Use Children in 4 Attacks

Coordinated suicide bombings of three Christian churches and the police headquarters in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, on May 13-14, 2018, were repugnant acts of violence, Human Rights Watch said on May 15, 2018. The attackers...

OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe promotes gender equality by supporting working groups of women leaders

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Members of the informal Central Co-ordination Body during a one-day meeting on gender equality through work of women leaders...

China: Visiting Officials Occupy Homes in Muslim Region

Chinese officials, since early 2018, have imposed regular “home stays” on families in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said on May 13, 2018. These visits are part of the government’s increasingly invasive “Strike Hard”...

Cambodia: Release Ex-Radio Free Asia Journalists

Cambodian authorities should drop fabricated espionage charges against former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and immediately and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said on May 12, 2018. Their arrests six...

Maldives: Release Supreme Court Justices

The Maldives government should immediately drop politically motivated charges against two Supreme Court justices and release them from detention, Human Rights Watch said on May 10, 2018. On the same day, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali...

Brazil: New Evidence of Army Role in Rio Ambush

New accounts by witnesses suggest that the killers of a group of people in a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro on November 11, 2017, were members of the army special forces, Human Rights Watch said on May 11, 2018.

Honouring Second World War victims, UN chief calls neo-Nazism ‘a spreading cancer’

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Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium) makes remarks on the opening ceremony of the “...

Bangladesh: Protect Freedom of Expression

Scores of people have been arrested over the past five years in Bangladesh under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act) for criticizing the government, political leaders, and others on Facebook, as well as in blogs,...

Cambodia: Coerced Sale of Last Independent Newspaper

The government-coerced sale of Cambodia’s oldest English-language newspaper to a Malaysian businessman whose company has ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen marks the end of independent local newspapers in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said on May 08, 2018...

Somaliland: Prosecutions Threaten Free Expression

A string of recent prosecutions in Somaliland targeting people who spoke out on controversial issues is a dangerous attack of free expression, Human Rights Watch said on May 08, 2018. In the latest such case, a prominent traditional elder was charged...