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…

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…

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…

China State TV Celebrates New Year – with Racism

Expand Screenshot of a segment from the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.  © 2018 Human Rights Watch Every Lunar New Year’s Eve, hundreds of millions of people across China gather around their televisions to watch the Spring Festive Gala on CCTV, the state broadcaster. In…

Turkey: Convicted for Critical Ideas

Expand Writers and journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, and Nazli Ilicak, sentenced to life for unsubstantiated charges of supporting the failed coup against the Turkish government in July 2016. © P24 (Berlin) — Three Turkish journalists were convicted on February 16, 2018 on bogus charges…

Libya: Residents Barred from Returning Home

Expand Make-shift tent camp in Qararet al-Qatef for forcibly displaced residents of Tawergha who are blocked from returning to their hometown by militias from Misrata, Qararet al-Qatef, Libya, February 10, 2018.    © 2018 Emad Ergeha   (Beirut) – Armed groups and civilian authorities in the…

Kazakhstan: Businessman Alleges Torture

Expand United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev during their meeting at the Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek, June 11, 2017. © UN Photo/Vyacheslav Oseledko (Almaty) – Kazakh authorities should provide immediate medical assistance to a detained businessman who has…

Thailand: Drop Cases Against Torture Victim

Expand Ismae Teh, a prominent human rights activist, faces defamation charges for speaking out publicly about being tortured by the Thai military.  © 2018 Private (New York) – The Thai military should immediately withdraw criminal and civil defamation cases against a human rights activist who…

Australia: Electoral Bill Will Stifle Public Debate

Expand Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang, Vietnam on November 11, 2017.  © 2017 Jorge Silva / Reuters (Sydney) – A proposed Australian law will limit social activist organizations from using foreign funding for advocacy purposes, Human Rights…

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