“US Risks Completely Losing Turkey”: Erdogan Vows To Defy US “Threats” Over Pastor Brunson

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US “threats” over detained American pastor Brunson which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies, sent the Turkish currency into a historic nosedive on Friday and crashed Turkish capital markets. “It is wrong to dare…

Iran: Environmentalists Face Arbitrary Detention

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately release eight environmental activists detained for six months unless they can immediately charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention, Human Rights Watch said today. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence organization has…

China: Free Rights Lawyers, Reinstate Law Licenses

Expand Caption: Hong Kong former lawmaker Emily Lau holds a sign of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang at a rally outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on April 5, 2018.    © 2018 Getty Images (New York) – The Chinese government…

Ethiopia: Torture in Somali Region Prison

Prison officials and security forces have arbitrarily detained and tortured prisoners for years in the notorious regional prison known as Jail Ogaden. Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, should urgently order investigations into the horrific situation, and the government should ensure regional security forces…

Myanmar: Free Reuters Journalists, Drop Case

Expand Detained journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter while escorted by police during a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, June 18, 2018. © 2018 Reuters (New York) – Myanmar authorities should release two Reuters journalists detained for investigating a military massacre of Rohingya Muslims…

Journalists Watch from Prison as Myanmar Backslides

Expand Detained and handcuffed Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter Moe Thin Wai Zin while arriving for a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar May 2, 2018.    © 2018 Reuters / Ann Wang There’s little cause for celebration this World Press Freedom Day…

Turkey: Tajik Activists Face Deportation

Expand Nasimjon Sharipov © Guruhi24.com (Bishkek) – Two detained Tajik activists face deportation to Tajikistan, where they are at risk of possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. Turkish police detained Suhrob Zafar and Nasimjon Sharipov, senior members…

In China, a March to Find Her Husband

Expand Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was detained in what is known as the “709” crackdown, joins others protesting in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Li Wenzu yelled to onlookers from the…

China: Free Anti-Censorship Activist

Expand A police officer films family members of those detained in what is known as the “709” crackdown protesting in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017. On July 9th 2015, the authorities launched what rights groups say was a…