When news broke of Mandela’s death on December 5, China’s state media joined in the global torrent of tributes for the former political prisoner turned beloved president of South Africa. Glaring omissions in those early tributes were references to “freedom,” “democracy” and any mention of Mandela as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The ruling by India’s Supreme Court on December 11, 2013, that same-sex conduct between consenting adults remained a criminal offense is a setback for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should give public prominence to human rights issues and concerns at the Japan-ASEAN summit, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the prime minister. Japan’s summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from December 13 to 15, 2013.
When, in late November, I read a draft law prepared by Afghan government officials that reintroduced execution by stoning as the punishment for the “crime” of adultery, I was horrified but not that surprised.
We are writing in advance of your meeting with the prime minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, at the Japan-ASEAN Summit in Tokyo from December 13, 2013. We respectfully request that in your meeting with Prime Minister Thongsing that you raise the case of prominent civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was abducted and forcibly disappeared in Vientiane on December 15, 2012.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should raise concerns about the enforced disappearance of a prominent civil society leader in the prime minister’s meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the Japan-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Japan, Mekong Watch, Empowerment For All Japan, and two other Japanese nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint letter to Prime Minister Abe.
(Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities unlawfully detain hundreds of drug users and others deemed “undesirable” in centers where they face torture, sexual violence, and forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch called for the immediate closure of the country’s eight detention centers that are supposedly for drug dependency treatment.