10. Months of protests led to the ouster of Sudan’s autocratic president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir, last April. But when protests continued, with people calling for civilian rule and justice, government forces turned on the demonstrators and killed over a hundred.

What Happened to Sudan Protesters in June 2019

Fatal attacks on protesters in Sudan in June were planned and could amount to crimes against humanity. Sudan’s transitional authorities should commit to genuine accountability for unlawful violence against protesters since December, in which hundreds were killed.


9. Children accused of affiliation with ISIS are being detained, and often tortured and prosecuted, regardless of their actual level of involvement with the group.

ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured in Iraq

Children involved in armed conflict are entitled to rehabilitation and reintegration, not torture and prison.


8. Anyone who thinks women’s complaints about sexual harassment in Brazil are hyperbole should watch the video that went viral after Quebrando o Tabu (Breaking Taboos), a Brazilian social media platform, posted it last January.

Mass Sexual Harassment, Caught on Tape in Brazil

Taking advantage of the anonymity of the crowd, the Remo fans first booed them and then chanted demeaning lyrics about kissing and having sex with Paysandu women.


7. Croatian authorities have violently deported migrants to Bosnia and Herzegovina without due process.

Croatia Slams Door on Migrants

Abuses Should Rule Out Schengen Accession


6. In northern Myanmar, women and girls are being trafficked across the border and sold as “brides” to families in China, where the long-term consequences of the country’s “one-child policy” mean many men can’t find a wife.

Myanmar: Women, Girls Trafficked as ‘Brides’ to China

The Myanmar and Chinese governments have failed to stem the trafficking of ethnic Kachin women and girls as “brides” to families in China. 


5. Under Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system, a man controls a Saudi woman’s life from her birth until her death. Here are 10 reasons why women there flee.

Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee

Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to turn when they face abuse, leading some women to undertake dangerous escape attempts to flee the country.


4. Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.

China's Mass Surveillance Phone App

“Our research shows, for the first time, that Xinjiang police are using illegally gathered information about people’s completely lawful behavior – and using it against them.”


3. Fatou Jallow wants to see the ex-president of Gambia who raped her face trial.

This Woman Wants to See the ex-President Who Raped Her Face Trial

Three women have accused Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, of rape and sexual assault while he was in office. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow is the first survivor to tell her story publicly.


2. South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime.

Video: Decriminalize Sex Work in South Africa

South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime, Human Rights Watch and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) said in a report released today.


And our most-watched video of 2019: 

1. Zimbabwe security forces carried out killings, rape, torture and other grave abuses during and after mass protests in January. Warning: This video contains violent and disturbing images.

Video: Violence and Rape by Zimbabwe Gov't Forces After Protests

 Zimbabwe security forces used excessive lethal force to crush nationwide protests in mid-January 2019.