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…

Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua

Expand UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein meets with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo in Jakarta, February 6, 2018. © 2018 Reuters What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua? That’s the question raised by the government’s seeming refusal to make good on an official…

Trump To Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today

Two years after Russia was kicked out of the UN Human Rights Council, while that paragon of humanitarian virtue Saudi Arabia was reelected, the WaPo reports that the Trump administration is set to withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council as soon as today,…

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the…

Bahrain: Exonerate, Free Nabeel Rajab

Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. © 2015 Reuters (Beirut) – The Bahraini government should drop its charges against a prominent Bahraini human rights defender for peacefully expressing his views and order…

US: Money Bail and Profile Based Risk Assessment

(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch today issued two question and answer documents addressing key issues of pretrial incarceration in the US criminal justice system. The first document describes how the prevailing money bail system works, the harm it causes, and possible alternatives. The second…

UAE: Award-Winning Activist Jailed For 10 Years

(Beirut) – The UAE should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights activist, and vacate the 10-year prison sentence issued against him for crimes that appear to violate his right to free expression.   Expand Ahmed Mansoor speaks to Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November…

What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America

Expand Women’s rights demonstrators take part in a protest in front of National Congress while an abortion bill is debated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 10. © 2018 Reuters Last week, when 66.4 percent of Irish voters stunned the world by voting to end the…