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Tokyo Should Cut Military Ties, Pressure Junta to End Atrocities

(Tokyo) – A Myanmar air force lieutenant colonel who received military training in Japan is deployed with forces that have been implicated in serious abuses in Myanmar’s central Magway Region, Human Rights Watch and Justice For Myanmar said today…

US, Japan, India, Australia Should Address Crises Across Region

(Tokyo) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia should reach agreements on new measures to address human rights crises and democratic backsliding in Asia, Human Rights Watch said today. The Quad, a security alliance of the leaders…
Collage of US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

President Biden Should Raise Key Issues with Regional Leaders

(Washington, DC) – The United States-ASEAN Special Summit on May 12, 2022 will embolden autocratic leaders unless it directly confronts the region’s worsening environment for human rights and democracy, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the…
United States President Joe Biden speaks in the virtual ASEAN summit meeting

Authorities Should Stop Targeting, Prosecuting Journalists and Online Critics

(New York) – Indian authorities are increasingly targeting journalists and online critics for their criticism of government policies and practices, including by prosecuting them under counterterrorism and sedition laws, ten human rights organizations…
प्रेस क्लब ऑफ इंडिया के बाहर मीडिया पर सरकारी तंत्र के बढ़ते प्रतिबंधों का विरोध करते पत्रकार, नई दिल्ली, भारत, 18 फरवरी, 2021

Killings in 2022 on Track to Reach Record Levels

(Washington DC) – Escalating violence against journalists in Mexico is seriously undermining press freedom, Human Rights Watch said today, on World Press Freedom Day. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador should take urgent steps to strengthen the…
Journalists from Veracruz commemorate their killed colleagues and demand an end to violence against journalists during a nationwide demonstration, at the Zócalo of Veracruz, Mexico, on 25 January 2022.

Key Countries Should Overhaul Approach to Junta’s Atrocities

(Bangkok) – Southeast Asian governments should urgently revamp their response to Myanmar’s abusive junta by coordinating action with the broader international community, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite adopting a “five-point consensus” on the…
Activists protest the Myanmar military coup during an ASEAN summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2021. 

Protect Refugees; End Forced Returns

(New York) – The Indian government’s forced return of an ethnic Rohingya woman to Myanmar on March 22, 2022 highlights the life-threatening risks facing Rohingya refugees in India, Human Rights Watch said today. International law prohibits the forced…
Rohingya refugees stand outside their makeshift camp on the outskirts of Jammu, India, March 7, 2021. 

Stronger Economic Measures, Arms Embargo Needed Against Military

(Bangkok) – Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day on March 27, 2022, is an opportunity for foreign governments to take stronger action against the military’s widespread abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Concerned governments should strengthen economic…
Military personnel participate in a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Need for Global Action to Investigate, Prosecute Military Leadership

(Washington, DC) – The United States government has formally determined that the Myanmar military committed the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The US…
Myanmar armed forces march on the 75th anniversary of Union Day on February 12, 2022 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. 

Support Arms Embargo, Stronger Targeted Sanctions

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a strategy for accountability in Myanmar to end abuses by the military junta, Human Rights Watch said today. The council will discuss Myanmar and the new report by the UN Human Rights…
Smoke rises from burning buildings in Karenni (Kayah) State, Myanmar, February 18, 2022.

Suggests No Critic of President’s Power Grab is Safe

(Tunis) – The jailing of a prominent lawyer on March 2, 2022, for arguing with police officers is an alarming new step in the confiscation of civil liberties since President Kais Saied seized extraordinary powers on July 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch…
Abderrazak Kilani
Would Limit Nonprofit Organizations’ Funding, Activities Other governments in the Americas have used similar laws to arbitrarily restrict the activity of civil society groups International law establishes that governments must guarantee that…
At his daily morning news conference on May 7, 2021, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador baselessly accuses civil society groups of being part of a plot to overthrow his government and calls on the United States to stop supporting them.

Draft Law Could Restore Ben Ali Era Restrictions

(Tunis) – Tunisian authorities should immediately scrap plans for new restrictions on civil society organizations, 13 Tunisian and international rights groups said today. Those plans, if carried out, would reverse a major gain for freedom of…
Tunisian President Kais Saied raises his fist to bystanders as he walks along the avenue Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, August 1, 2021.

TotalEnergies, Chevron, Other Companies Should Put Shares in Escrow

(New York) – The European Union should swiftly enforce new sanctions targeting Myanmar’s junta and its state-owned oil company, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), Human Rights Watch said today. The EU should also ensure that the withdrawals of EU…

Drop Fabricated Charges Against Activists, Peaceful Protesters

(New York) – Indian authorities are wrongfully prosecuting activists and protest organizers under India’s anti-terrorism law two years after 53 people were killed in communal violence following peaceful protests against discriminatory citizenship…

Proposed Law Threatens Rights to Privacy, Expression, Access to Information

(Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta has revived a draconian cybersecurity bill that would provide sweeping powers to the authorities, Human Rights Watch said today. The current draft would allow the junta, in power since the military coup on February…

Q&A Explores World Court Scrutiny of Military Atrocities

(The Hague) – International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearings beginning February 21, 2022 underline the critical importance of bringing justice for the Myanmar military’s abuses against ethnic Rohingya, Human Rights Watch and the Global Justice Center…
Members of Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority walk through rice fields after crossing the border into Bangladesh near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area, September 5, 2017.

Questions about Yokogawa Bridge Corp.’s Ties Since Coup Go Unanswered

(Tokyo) – Japan-based Yokogawa Bridge Corp. should end its partnership with a Myanmar military-owned conglomerate, Human Rights Watch said today. In a February 2, 2022, response to a Human Rights Watch letter, Yokogawa Bridge Corp. declined to…
Myanmar people living in Japan protest against military rule in their country on the first anniversary of the coup, outside the Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo, February 1, 2022.

Arbitrary ‘Assigned Residences’ Without Judicial Oversight

(Tunis) – The Tunisian authorities are using what they are calling assigned residences to conceal secret detentions on the pretext of a state of emergency, Human Rights Watch said today. The cases of a former Interior Ministry employee, Fathi Beldi,…
Demonstrators at a protest against the Tunisian president Kais Saied

End Crackdown on Independent Media, Activists

(New York) – Indian authorities have arrested the prominent Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah on politically motivated charges as part of the government’s crackdown on the media and civil society groups in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Rights Watch said today…
Fahad Shah, right, editor-in-chief of the Kashmir-based news website, The Kashmir Walla, in his office in Srinagar, India, January 21, 2022.
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