May 17, 2013

Human Rights Watch has over 100 staff tweeting human rights developments from around the world. 

As President Barack Obama delivered an important counter-terrorism speech on Thursday, several Human Rights Watch staff were following along and commenting on its major shortcomings.

Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton wrote an immediate response to the speech for The Nation: "Obama Rejects Perpetual War, But Questions Remain About Targeted Killings". All this followed Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, testifying before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on the laws of war and the use of military force, where he challenged Senator James Inhofe on Closing Guantanamo.

With a botched parliamentary debate focusing attention on the plight of women in Afghanistan, the issue became a popular theme this week, with this tweet receiving the largest number of clicks:

And HRW's own look at how women victims of crime are often treated as criminals themselves, also garnered significant retweets.

And our coverage of Zambia - Stop Prosecuting People for Homosexuality, which highlighted invasive examinations on those accused of the "crime" of hoomosexuality - also received great interest...

...particularly after the Zambian government's Home Affairs minister Edgar Lungu expressed his disagreement with us in less than ministerial language...

And finally, the most read item on our website this week came from West Africa: Côte d'Ivoire: Deux ans après l'investiture d'Alassane Ouattara, des progrès inégaux

Tweets of the Week – May 17

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Syria: Brigade Fighting in Homs Implicated in Atrocities
Human Rights Watch has reviewed graphic evidence that appears to show a commander of the Syrian opposition “Independent Omar al-Farouq” brigade mutilating the corpse of a pro-government fighter.


Tweets of the Week – May 10

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Ethiopia: Terrorism Law Decimates Media
Ethiopia’s journalists shouldn’t be spending World Press Freedom Day in jail on trumped-up terrorism charges. Freeing these journalists would be an important step toward improving Ethiopia’s deteriorating record on press freedom.


Tweets of the Week – May 3

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Nigeria: Massive Destruction, Deaths From Military Raid
Satellite images reveal massive destruction of civilian property from a military raid in the northern Nigerian town of Baga, undermining the military’s claim that only 30 houses were destroyed. The images of the town, analyzed by Human Rights Watch, identify 2,275 destroyed buildings.


Tweets of the Week – April 26

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Burma: End ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims
“The Burmese government engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya that continues today through the denial of aid and restrictions on movement.”  


Tweets of the Week – April 19

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Saudi Arabia: Huge Obstacles for First Woman Lawyer
“By licensing a female lawyer, Saudi Arabia has opened up a key profession to women. But for Saudi women to practice law on anything close to an equal footing with men, they need protection from discrimination against women in the courtroom, and freedom to travel and to drive.”  


Tweets of the Week - April 12
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Syria: Aerial Attacks Strike Civilians
“In village after village, we found a civilian population terrified by their country’s own air force.”
 


Tweets of the Week - April 5
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