Singapore: Drop Charges for Criticizing Judiciary

Expand Activist Jolovan Wham (center) leaves the State Court after a hearing in Singapore, November 29, 2017.  © 2017 REUTERS/Edgar Su (New York) – Singapore authorities should end contempt proceedings against two critics of the government for comments on social media critical of the country’s…

Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Censor Attacks Health Website

Expand An anti-gay rights activist shows a badge during a flash mob organized by gay rights protesters in St. Petersburg May 17, 2012. ©2012 Reuters/Interpress/Valentia Svistunova Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus,…

DR Congo: Fears for Health of Detained Activist

(Kinshasa) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release the pro-democracy activist Carbone Beni, who has been arbitrarily detained by the national intelligence agency since December 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Beni was badly beaten during his arrest in Kinshasa, the…

Thai Magazine Editor Released After 7 Years

Thai magazine editor and pro-democracy activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was released from a Bangkok prison today after serving a seven-year sentence on lese majeste – “insulting the monarchy” – and defamation charges. Expand Somyot Pruksakasemsuk © 2018 Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Somyot’s long imprisonment exemplifies Thai authorities’ misuse…

Paying the Price in Burundi

Expand Germain Rukiki.  © Facebook A Burundian human rights activist, Germain Rukuki, was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Thursday on charges of “rebellion,” “threatening state security,” “participation in an insurrectional movement,” and “attacks on the head of state.” The verdict and harsh sentence…

Saudi Arabia: Activist Marks 2 Years Behind Bars

(Beirut) – The prominent Saudi human rights activist Fahad al-Fahad has served two years in prison since his April 2016 arrest and subsequent conviction on charges tied solely to his peaceful social media activity, Human Rights Watch said today. He is one of more than…