Human Rights

Pakistan: Amend Abusive ‘Blood Money’ Laws

The Pakistan government should amend provisions of the criminal law that treat murder and other serious offenses as private disputes, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. These legal provisions, called “blood money” laws, allow and at times...

Egypt: Two Singers Convicted on ‘Morality’ Charges

An Egyptian court sentenced two singers to a year in prison and fines on March 28, 2022, on charges that violate their right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said on April 27, 2022. The government should announce that it will not enforce...

Spreading Love and peace in Eastern Europe tour

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France: Crucial Need for Macron to Focus on Rights

It is crucial for President Emmanuel Macron to make human rights a priority of both his domestic and his foreign policy in his second term, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022.

Urgently Help Ukraine Civilians Flee Mariupol

Russian forces now occupying most of Ukraine’s southeastern port city of Mariupol should ensure that civilians remaining in the city can leave in safety to Ukraine-controlled territory if they choose, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. Older...

Israel: Release Long Detained Gaza Aid Worker

Israeli authorities should immediately release Mohammad al-Halabi, a humanitarian worker from Gaza detained for nearly six years both before and during his trial, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022. The Israeli Supreme Court on February 17,...

Malaysia: End Secrecy on Major Land Deal in Sabah

The Sabah state government in Malaysia should immediately make public the terms and status of a land deal that would hand management of 4.9 million acres of tropical forest to a foreign company for up to 200 years, Human Rights Watch said on April 25...

UN’s Bachelet condemns ‘horrors’ faced by Ukraine’s civilians

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The village of Novoselivka, near Chernihiv, Ukraine has been heavily bombed.

UN: Make Reporting on Covid-19 in Prisons Mandatory

Many countries around the world are not monitoring and reporting on Covid-19 infection, death, and mitigation efforts in detention settings, health and human rights experts said in a new statement. UN agencies such as the United Nations Office on...

Myanmar: ASEAN’s Failed ‘5-Point Consensus’ a Year On

Southeast Asian governments should urgently revamp their response to Myanmar’s abusive junta by coordinating action with the broader international community, Human Rights Watch said on April 22, 2022. Despite adopting a “five-point consensus” on the...