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Lengthy Pre-trial Detention in Lese Majeste Cases Unwarranted

(New York, May 23, 2022) – Thai authorities should immediately drop the charges and release pro-democracy activists detained for insulting the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today. Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon, who has been on a hunger…
 Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon, a Thai pro-democracy activist, has been on a hunger strike since April 20, 2022 to protest her pre-trial detention on lese majeste charges.

Impacted Parents, Advocates Speak on Racial Disparities, Harm to Black Families

A New York State committee voted today to investigate racial disparities in the state’s child welfare system. The investigation could help document troubling and persistent inequities and recommend measures to remedy them. A group of impacted…
Protesters hold signs at a demonstration in Brooklyn
Trending rights tweets this week: Horrific abuses against Ukrainian civilians in Russia-occupied areas; the Taliban dissolve human rights commission; African groups urge UN to press for humanitarian access in Tigray; systemic racism had long history…
Volodymyr Ivashchenko shows the basement where he sheltered in the initial days of the war, together with his wife, mother-in-law, daughter, and 3-year-old grandson, in Yahidne, April 17, 2022.

Countries Move to Protect Domestic Food Security as Global Prices Soar

The past week has been another reminder of the urgent need to build global food systems that treat food as a human right rather than a commodity. On May 13, India banned most wheat exports to safeguard domestic food security for its 1.4 billion…
A man holds wheat in his hand
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.
May 19, 2022 The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada Langevin Block, 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A3 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Human Rights Watch writes to you today to highlight the urgent need for action…
Fighters with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces deploy around al-Sina’a prison in the Ghweran district of al-Hasakah, northeast Syria, on January 25, 2022, midway through the 10-day battle to recapture it from the Islamic State (ISIS). © 2022 AFP Photo via Getty Images

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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The upcoming visit to China by the UN human rights chief should highlight the need for justice for victims and accountability for those responsible, but will it? High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is scheduled to visit China during the last…
Chinese security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang region, November 4, 2017.

Undue Interference with Rights to Free Expression and Assembly

This week, Palestinians and their supporters across the globe marked Nakba Day, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes, and the more than 400 Palestinian villages destroyed in the events surrounding…
German police forcibly detain a man participating in a protest

UN Children’s Rights Experts Session, Should Push for Full Mine Cleanup

This article appeared in the Daily Nation. It was written by Namo Chuma, director of Environment Africa, a non-governmental organisation based in Kabwe and Juliane Kippenberg, associate children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Janet” is a…

Minimize Civilian Harm, Ensure Justice for Abuses

(Nairobi) – The reported United States decision to redeploy several hundred US troops in Somalia, as part of a joint operation with the Somali government and African Union forces, should make civilian protection a priority. Previous US military…
Somali families, displaced after fleeing the Lower Shabelle region amid an uptick in US airstrikes, wait at an Internally Displaced Person camp near Mogadishu, Somalia, March 12, 2020.

Attempt to Suppress Growing Social Movements

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities have arrested several prominent activists on baseless accusations amid labor union strikes and ongoing protests against rising prices, since May 6, 2022, in dozens of small towns, Human Rights Watch said today. Those…
People shopping in the Basir Thursday Bazaar (Market) in the city of Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh in Gilan province on March 24, 2022.

EU Ministers Should Press for Genuine Reform at Forthcoming Hearing

On Monday, EU ministers will discuss, for the fourth time, the systematic breakdown of the rule of law in Hungary. This scrutiny, under the process laid out in article 7(1) of the founding treaty of the EU, has been slow and lackluster. Meanwhile,…
Many protesters attend a rally holding flags

Allow time to consult; Improve Role of Rights Commissioner, Constitutional Court

(Berlin, May 19, 2022) – Kazakhstan should strengthen the parts of its constitutional reforms focused on plans for a human rights commissioner and for a Constitutional Court to reinforce human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today.…
Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev speaks during his televised address to the nation in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, January 7, 2022.

First Term Marked by Arbitrary Proceedings, Hampered Investigations

(New York) – Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s decision to reappoint Consuelo Porras as attorney general poses a serious risk to human rights and the rule of law in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Concerned governments should…
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General Consuelo Porras pose for photos after she is sworn in for another four-year term, at the National Palace in Guatemala City, May 16, 2022.

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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