• Any promise of progress on human rights and security in Pakistan after elections last year has disappointed. Militant, terrorist, and sectarian attacks continue while the Pakistani government flip-flops on talks with the Taliban and serious counterterrorism abuses persist. Meanwhile, there is real uncertainty for Afghanistan as U.S. forces withdraw and the Afghan presidential election unfolds.

    Looking at a pivotal year for Pakistan and the region, experts debate the greatest threats to human rights and security, talks with the Taliban and other militant groups, and what kind of impact the United States, the international community, and civil society can have on security and human rights.

Reports

Asia

  • Apr 16, 2014
    The Chinese Education Ministry’s decision to provide Braille or electronic exams for national university entrance will improve access to higher education for candidates who are blind or have visual impairments.
  • Apr 11, 2014
    Pakistan’s draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan’s international legal obligations.
  • Apr 11, 2014
    For the past decade, Lord Avebury has organised regular hearings about Bangladesh in the House of Lords. These have often been important events since they provide a platform for the AL and BNP, among others, to have public discussions that, sadly, happen all too infrequently in Bangladesh. I've been invited to speak about the human rights situation at many of them, starting with the period of the last BNP government through the military-backed caretaker government and the current AL period. Often these meetings have produced more heat than light, as representatives of the two parties screamed, interrupted and almost came to blows with each other, but they have at least clarified in public where the parties stand on key issues.
  • Apr 10, 2014
    The Chinese government should drop all charges and release five New Citizens Movement activists on trial this week for publicly protesting official corruption. The New Citizens Movement is an informal group that has advocated the promotion of civic rights and participation, including the public disclosure of officials’ assets to curb corruption and protecting the rights of children of migrant workers.
  • Apr 9, 2014
    The Cambodian authorities have no credible evidence and should drop the case against 13 people facing politically motivated charges of planning to overthrow the government, Human Rights Watch said today. A verdict in the case, which was filed months before the July 2013 national elections, is scheduled for April 11, 2014.
  • Apr 8, 2014
    Every year over 400,000 tourists flock to the pristine islands of Fiji, its celestial exterior barely revealing a turbulent political past.
  • Apr 7, 2014
    The Chinese government should investigate four prominent human rights lawyers’ claims that they were tortured by police officers while in detention, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Apr 7, 2014
    The Sri Lankan government’s decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism is so broad that it appears aimed at restricting peaceful activism by the country’s Tamil minority, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should provide evidence of the unlawful activity of specific groups and individuals or remove them from the list.
  • Apr 7, 2014
  • Apr 6, 2014
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should make the protection and promotion of human rights in China a central purpose of his trip there.