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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…
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China presents one of the most difficult foreign policy challenges for Germany’s relatively new chancellor, Olaf Scholz. Yet judging by his comments at this year’s Munich Security Conference, which took place in February, he has yet to…
A Uighur woman picking up school children rides past a picture showing China's President Xi Jinping joining hands with a group of Uighur elders at the Unity New Village in Hotan, in western China's Xinjiang region.
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High Commissioner Should Address Crimes Against Humanity as Top Priority

(Geneva) – The upcoming visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. High Commissioner…
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addresses a news conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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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.
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Pyongyang’s Abhorrent Record Should Be on Biden-Yoon Agenda for Seoul Visit

(Seoul) – US President Joseph Biden and newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol should pledge to include human rights benchmarks in future negotiations with North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. Biden is visiting South Korea on May 20…
US President Joe Biden, left, and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, right.
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Population at Risk as Government-Declared ‘Fever’ Spreads

Last Friday, North Korean officials made an unprecedented admission regarding the country’s Covid-19 health crisis after reporting a Covid-19 case for the very first time. In a rare instance of allowing government-run media to report negative news,…
Kim Jong Un wearing a mask, during a visit to a pharmacy
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Ominous Action Days After Beijing Appoints City’s New Chief

(New York) – The Hong Kong police should drop their baseless criminal investigations against five prominent pro-democracy advocates, Human Rights Watch said today. The cases highlight the Hong Kong government's broadening crackdown on human rights.…
From left, retired Archbishop of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, Professor Hui Po-Keung, and singer Denise Ho attend a press conference to announce the closure of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund
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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
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Hong Kong's one-man election drives home Beijing's broken promises to the territory

After weeks of speculation, on April 8 the Chinese government unveiled its pick of Hong Kong’s next leader—John Lee, a former senior police official. Hong Kong used to be the only territory under Chinese sovereignty with semi-democratic elections.…
John Lee announces his manifesto during the 2022 chief executive electoral campaign in Hong Kong.
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Piecemeal Releases Do Not Mean Fundamental Policy Shift

During the last days of Ramadan, on April 24, Egyptian authorities freed around 40 unjustly detained prisoners, among them journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, many of whose families have tirelessly pushed for their release for years…
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Key Recommendations for Meaningful Reform

(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia should ensure that a forthcoming penal code fully complies with international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities announced in February 2021 that justice reforms, including the country’s first…
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Allow Evening Prayers, Eid Celebrations

(Beirut) – Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments should end all arbitrary restrictions on religious gatherings, prayers, and practices during the final days of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid celebrations, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 20,…
People gathering at Al Azhar mosque to break their fast, Cairo, Egypt, April 8, 2022.
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Training Tatmadaw Personnel Risks Complicity in Junta’s Atrocities

During the parliamentary committee session on security on April 26, 2022, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi revealed that Japan will once again accept Myanmar military personnel for training at Japan’s defense facilities. This is the second time…
Myanmar military officers march during a parade
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Prison Terms, Fines Violate Freedom of Expression

(Beirut) – An Egyptian court sentenced two singers to a year in prison and fines on March 28, 2022, on charges that violate their right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should announce that it will not enforce…
Youth dance to Mahraganat music at a wedding in Salam City, a suburb of Cairo, March 5, 2015.
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Increase Support for Clearance, Recovery Assistance around Tripoli

(Beirut) – At least 130 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by landmines and abandoned or unexploded ordnance in Libya since the armed group called the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) withdrew from Tripoli’s southern suburbs in June 2020, Human…
National Safety Authority members clear landmines and improvised explosive devices used during the armed conflict in Tripoli, Libya, June 3, 2020.
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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. 
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The upcoming U.S.-ASEAN special summit stands in jarring juxtaposition to last year’s “Summit for Democracy” — to which most ASEAN states didn’t merit an invitation.

The Biden administration on April 16 announced that the White House will host a special summit with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on May 12. Invitees include Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an unrepentant and…
Flags of member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22, 2021.
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Chinese authorities executed Akhmal Shaikh​, a United Kingdom citizen, without giving him access to UK diplomats or doctors, in December 2009. The following year, Chinese officials indicated to the Philippines that, if its diplomats stayed away…
The Supreme Court of New Zealand in downtown Wellington, November 28, 2017.
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