Mozambique: New Media Fees Assault Press Freedom

Expand Mozambique Prime Minister Luisa Dias Diogo speaks to journalist during the International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, November 30, 2008.    © 2008 AP Images/Hassan Ammar   (Johannesburg) – Mozambique’s government should cancel recently imposed exorbitant fees on local and foreign media operating in…

Germany: Put Rights on Agenda for Putin Meeting

Expand German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7 2017.  © 2017 REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld, Pool (Berlin) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel should raise critical human rights…

Angolan Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Killing Boy

Expand Some of the more than 600 houses demolished by the government in the Zango II area of Luanda, Angola since July 31, 2016. © 2016 Ampe Rogério/Rede Angola A magistrates court in Angola’s capital of Luanda has sentenced an army sergeant to 18 years…

Indonesia President’s Belated Call for Tolerance

Expand Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia February 10, 2016. © 2016 Reuters Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did something extraordinary in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday: He issued a…

Police Killings are Out of Control in Rio de Janeiro

Expand Policemen patrol the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro on September 14, 2012.  © 2012 Reuters In January, the military police of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro pledged to reduce killings by its officers by 20 percent by the end of the…

US: Mass Prosecutions of Migrants

Expand Immigration activists hold signs against family separation during a rally to protest against the Trump Administration’s immigration policy, outside the White House in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters (Washington, DC) – The mass criminal prosecutions of migrants under US President Donald…

Egypt: Campaign to Crush Artistic Freedom

Expand National Security officers shut down al-Karama libraries without offering reasons.   © Tadamun (Beirut) – The Egyptian authorities have arrested over a dozen people in a crackdown against artists, apparently prosecuting them for exercising their freedom of speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The…

Maldives: Opposition, Media Under Attack

Expand Police officers detain an opposition protester demanding the release of political prisoners during a demonstration in Malé, Maldives, February 2, 2018.  © 2018 Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP Photo (New York) – The Maldives government’s intimidation of the political opposition and media threatens prospects for free and…

Bangladesh: Wave of Arrests Over Peaceful Dissent

Expand Students shout slogans as they take part in a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 4, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain (New York) – Bangladesh authorities are tracking social media accounts and have…

Indonesian Political Prisoners Moved Close to Home

Expand Indonesian plainclothes police arrest Johan Teterisa (third from left) outside the Merdeka Stadium in Ambon on June 29, 2007. Teterisa led Alifuru nationalists in unfurling the banned RMS flag while performing the traditional cakalele dance before President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other dignitaries. ©…