From a human rights perspective, broadening the scope of civil marriage to couples of the same gender is the right thing to do. Gays and lesbians have been deprived of the right in Germany to marry the person they love.
The Uzbek government should release all prisoners held on politically motivated charges and commit to ending torture on December 8, 2013, to mark the 21st anniversary of the constitution. Such steps would demonstrate a genuine commitment to Uzbekistan’s much-touted reform process.
A Russian court has ruled that a research organization must register as a “foreign agent” organization. It is the first time a court has required any independent group to register under the “foreign agents” law adopted by Russia’s parliament in 2012.
Parliament should reject restrictive draft laws that would endanger freedom of association and expression in Kyrgyzstan. A draft “foreign agents” law would require domestic nongovernmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan that receive foreign funding and engage in vaguely worded “political activities” to register as “foreign agents.”
Fear of detention and deportation prevent many undocumented migrants from reporting attacks. As Human Rights Watch has documented, many other victims don’t report attacks to the police because of lack of trust.