Sudan: Prisoner Release Left Many Activists Behind

Expand Some detained politicians and journalists in the Kober national prison, just before their release on February 18, 2018 ©2018 Reuters (Nairobi) – Dozens of prominent activists remain in detention in Sudan, despite the release of more than 50 people on February 18 and 19,…

Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist

Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. © 2015 Reuters (Beirut) – The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in…

Afghanistan: Alleged Summary Executions by Special Forces

Expand An Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) police stands guard next to an Afghanistan flag at a guard post of a police camp in Now Zad district in Helmand province, southwestern Afghanistan November 6, 2012.   © 2012 Reuters (New York) – The Afghan government and…

Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration renewed its assault on the media by banning a reporter and the executive editor from the news site Rappler from entering the executive office at Malacañang Palace. The ban followed a Senate hearing on a controversial frigate deal, during which…

What “Meaningful Progress” in Kazakhstan?

Shuttering media outlets. Allowing attacks on journalists. Severely limiting peaceful assembly. When it comes to ensuring an “enabling environment” for civil society, Kazakhstan is far from the ideal. Expand A worker walks past oil tanks in southern Kazakhstan.  © 2016 Reuters So it’s unfortunate the board of…

US: Private Probation Harming the Poor

The cost of private probation supervision disproportionately harms the poor, often criminalizing a person’s inability to pay their probation fees and court costs. (Washington, DC, February 20, 2018) – The cost of private probation supervision disproportionately harms the poor, often criminalizing a person’s inability to…

United States: State Laws Threaten LGBT Equality

Expand In response to the state’s “license to discriminate” bill, Steve Long displays a sticker welcoming LGBT customers to his restaurant in Jackson, MS, on October 2, 2017.  © 2017 Rogelio V. Solis / AP Photo (New York, February 19, 2018) – The rash of…

What Sweden Should Say about China’s Detention of its National

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom delivered her annual foreign policy address this week, and immediately faced a storm of criticism for her failure to speak explicitly about China’s repeated arbitrary detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai. Wallstrom defended herself by suggesting these speeches do not…

Duterte’s Condom Criticism Imperils Philippine HIV Fight

Expand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a televised speech before Filipino women on February 13, 2018, urges them to not use condoms, comparing usage to eating wrapped candy. 2018 PBS-RTVM Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte demonstrated reckless disregard for the health of Filipinos this week by suggesting they…

Dutch Postcode Lottery Increases Grant

Expand Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Ambassador Quinty Trustfull with Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director Kenneth Roth © Roy Beusker Fotografie (Amsterdam) – The Dutch Postcode Lottery announced on February 15, 2018 that it will increase its support of Human Rights Watch from €900,000 to a €1.35…

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