A Closed Trial in Chechnya

Expand Journalists and human rights defends wait on the doorstep of a Chechnyan court building after the judge closed the hearings for human rights defender Oyub Titiev to the public. ©2018 Private Today, the courtroom in Chechnya where Oyub Titiev is on trial on bogus drug…

Noted Kenyan Activist Launches Partnership Initiative

(New York, September 18, 2018) – The prominent Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai has joined Human Rights Watch to launch a new partnership initiative aimed at building alliances and engaging communities to promote human rights for all. With authoritarian populists gaining power and influence…

European Court Rules NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights

Via TheAntiMedia.com, Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens,…

China: Massive Crackdown in Muslim Region

(New York) – The Chinese government is conducting a mass, systematic campaign of human rights violations against Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in northwestern China. The 117-page report, “‘Eradicating Ideological Viruses’: China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims,” presents new evidence of the Chinese government’s mass…

Iran: Intensified Crackdown on Rights Defenders

Expand Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farhad Meysami, a human rights defender, protest the suspension of  Sotoudeh’s law license in front of the Tehran bar association in Tehran, February 2015.  © Private 2015 (Beirut) – Iranian authorities have ramped up their crackdown against human rights defenders, Human…

Crunching The Numbers On Mortality

One of the key traits that make human beings unique on planet Earth is that we’re aware of our own mortality. But, as Visual Capitalist’s Nick Routley notes, scientific advances have given us insight into which behaviors may prolong life, and which activities carry the…

Pentagon Warns Saudi Arabia It May Cut Support Over Yemen Civilian Casualties

Apparently the Pentagon “talks tough” to its allies concerning war crimes and human rights issues only after a mass civilian casualty event makes world headlines. Such is the case after a Saudi coalition airstrike took out a school bus in northern Yemen earlier this month, killing 40…

Damning UN Report Calls For Myanmar Generals To Be Prosecuted For Genocide

Authored by Jessica Corbett via CommonDreams.org, Following a United Nations Human Rights Council fact-finding mission in Myanmar, a damning U.N. report published Monday concludes that the nation’s military leaders, including its top commander, should be further investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes…