Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

Expand Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009.  © 2018 Thai Rath (New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use…

Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights

Expand A counterterrorism police officer stands guard during a security sweep in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 16, 2018. © 2018 Reuters (New York) – The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (“CT Law”) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch…

Canada: Shelter Torture Survivor Who Helped Snowden

Expand Asylum seekers who sheltered Edward Snowden for a period in 2013 stand outside of Hong Kong’s immigration department during a press conference in Hong Kong, China, May 15, 2017.  © 2017 AP Images (Toronto, June 20, 2018) – Canada should urgently intervene to admit the asylum-seekers who…

US: Child Detention Tent City Image Illustrates Crisis

Expand Satellite image of newly-constructed detention camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. Satellite image taken June 19, 2018. © 2018 Planet Labs (New York) – A satellite image taken of the desert tent city for children the US government is taking from their families…

Will Australia Provide Justice for Afghanistan War Crimes?

Expand A soldier searches a house in a village in Baluchi pass in Uruzgan province, November 1, 2007. © 2007 Reuters The accounts are both shocking and horribly familiar. Soldiers acting as if they were above the law assault and murder civilians in a barbaric competition…

Turkey:Human Rights Work on Trial

Expand Lawyer and human rights defender Taner Kılıç, chair of the board of Amnesty International’s Turkey section. © 2017 Amnesty International (Istanbul) – Sham criminal proceedings against Amnesty International Turkey’s honorary chair Taner Kılıç and 10 other human rights defenders are set to resume on…

Gambia: Fully Probe Anti-Mining Protesters’ Deaths

Expand Gambian security officers at the Supreme Court in Banjul, December 5, 2016. © 2016 Reuters The Gambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators on June 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch…

Saudi Arabia: Unrelenting Crackdown on Activists

Expand Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 12, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters   (Beirut) – Saudi authorities have arrested two more women’s rights activists in recent days in what appears to be an…

An Opportunity for Ukraine to Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration

Expand Damaged school in Nikishine. Rebel fighters deployed inside the school between September 2014 and February 2015 and exchanged intense fire with Ukrainian forces. © 2015 Yulia Gorbunova/Human Rights Watch In eastern Ukraine, the armed conflict between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed armed groups has…

UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to US

Expand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from…