A Caravan of Migrants Is Heading Toward the U.S. Border

Some 6,000 migrants, many of them from Venezuela, set off from southern Mexico last week as leaders from across the Americas met in Los Angeles to discuss issues including migration.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Bangladesh Shutters Dozens of Schools Set Up by Rohingya in Camps

More than 30 schools, teaching tens of thousands of Rohingya students, were closed in Bangladesh, where officials are said to have feared the schools would encourage the refugees to stay permanently.

#bangladesh, #coxs-bazar-bangladesh, #education-k-12, #human-rights-watch, #muslims-and-islam, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #ullah-mohib-d-2021, #united-nations-childrens-fund

To Push Back Russians, Ukrainians Hit a Village With Cluster Munitions

The New York Times verified that Ukraine’s forces fired at least two of these internationally banned weapons in a neighborhood, putting Ukrainian civilians at extreme risk.

#cluster-munitions, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-watch, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Russia Committed ‘Apparent War Crimes,’ Human Rights Watch Says

The organization’s report is based on a series of interviews with eye witnesses, victims and local residents of Russia-occupied territories between Feb. 27 and March 14.

#bucha-ukraine, #human-rights-watch, #international-criminal-court, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Citing Permanence of Occupation

Strongly denied by Israel and its supporters, the claim is the first time that a U.N.-appointed rapporteur has accused Israel of apartheid in such an unequivocal way.

#amnesty-international, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #west-bank

Pakistan’s Cricket-Star-Turned-Prime Minister Fights for Survival

Soaring inflation and a rift with the military threaten Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister. He has dismissed criticism as a foreign conspiracy.

#afghanistan, #china, #credit-and-debt, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-watch, #international-relations, #islamabad-pakistan, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #pakistan-peoples-party, #pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf, #politics-and-government, #russia, #swat-pakistan, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Kuwait Overturns Law Used to Prosecute Trans People

The country’s constitutional court said the law, which criminalized “imitation of the opposite sex,” violated Kuwaitis’ rights to personal freedom.

#amnesty-international, #discrimination, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kuwait, #middle-east, #transgender-and-transsexuals

In Kazakh Uprising, Reports of Widespread Abuses by Security Forces

Through crowdsourcing, rights groups say they are documenting a campaign of beatings and torture “on a massive scale.”

#almaty-kazakhstan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kazakhstan, #tokayev-kassym-jomart, #torture

As U.S. Strikes Syria Prison Held by ISIS, Young Detainees Are Caught in Crossfire

Almost 700 child detainees are being held in the prison still under siege four days after ISIS launched an attack to free detainees

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prisons-and-prisoners, #syria

Cambodia’s Internet May Soon Be Like China’s: State-Controlled

Under a new decree, all web traffic will be routed through a government portal. Rights groups say a crackdown on digital expression is about to get worse.

#cambodia, #cambodian-peoples-party, #facebook-inc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-watch, #hun-sen, #khmer-rouge, #united-nations

Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Leads to Deal for Release

A Palestinian accused of plotting to kill Israelis went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment without trial. Fearing unrest, Israel agreed to release him.

#detainees, #gaza-strip, #hebron-west-bank, #human-rights-watch, #hunger-strikes, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #shakir-omar, #shin-bet, #tel-aviv-israel, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Tigray Rebels Executed Dozens of Civilians, Report Says

The report from Human Rights Watch adds to the mounting violations committed by the warring parties since the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region began over a year ago.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #ethiopia, #human-rights-watch, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

Dozens of Former Afghan Security Forces Dead or Missing Under Taliban, Report Says

More than 100 former members of the military and police have been killed or forcibly disappeared by the Taliban since the group came into power, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #taliban

In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist

Hossam Bahgat avoided a prison term, receiving a relatively modest fine, in a verdict that appeared designed to intimidate dissidents without risking international opprobrium.

#bahgat-hossam, #egypt, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

Where Is Peng Shuai?

The Chinese government must provide answers about the missing tennis star.

#metoo-movement, #assn-of-tennis-professionals, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #womens-tennis-assn, #zhang-gaoli

How Latin American Women Can Keep Fighting for Abortion Rights and Win

The sisterhood of the green wave achieved success with aggressive tactics, but big challenges remain.

#abortion, #argentina, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #womens-rights

‘It Should Not Have Happened’: Asylum Officers Detail Migrants’ Accounts of Abuse

More than 160 reports, obtained by Human Rights Watch, reveal details of mistreatment that asylum seekers described experiencing from border officials and while in U.S. custody.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Investigation Confirms Reports of Abuse in Mali Basketball

But investigators said they could not confirm The Times’s reporting that the sport’s top global official, Hamane Niang, knew about the abuse.

#africa, #basketball, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #niang-hamane, #sexual-harassment

Afghans With Ties to U.S. Who Could Not Get Out Now Live in Fear

Thousands did not make it onto U.S. military evacuation flights. Many of them are now in hiding, worried for their safety and their future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-first, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #women-and-girls

How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #drones-pilotless-planes, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam

As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow

Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #amnesty-international, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ghani-ashraf, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #inter-services-intelligence, #kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #quetta-pakistan, #taliban

A Crisis of Abuse Grows in International Women’s Sport

The sexual abuse scandal in Mali basketball is the latest example of how global sports organizations are failing to curb the mistreatment of women.

#athletics-and-sports, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #denhollander-rachael, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #international-olympic-committee, #mali, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #niang-hamane, #olympic-games-2020, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

FIBA President Hamane Niang Steps Aside Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

Hamane Niang, the leader of basketball’s global governing body known as FIBA, led Mali’s federation at a time of systemic exploitation of female players, activists say. FIBA announced an investigation.

#africa, #athletics-and-sports, #bamako-mali, #coaches-and-managers, #hamane-niang, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2012, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #world-cup-basketball

Should U.S. Condition Aid to Israel on Reducing Conflict?

American taxpayers don’t have much influence over Hamas, but they do have influence over Israel. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #sarraj-eyad-el-1943-2013

Dubai’s Ruler Is Entangled in a Kentucky Derby Controversy

Essential Quality could win the Kentucky Derby. Activists concerned about Sheikha Latifa, the owner’s daughter, don’t think the horse should run at all.

#churchill-downs-inc, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #horse-racing, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kentucky-derby, #kentucky-horse-racing-commission, #lexington-ky, #maktoum-latifa-bint-mohammed-al, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Rights Group Hits Israel With Explosive Charge: Apartheid

Human Rights Watch is the latest watchdog to accuse Israel of perpetuating a version of the racist legal system that once governed South Africa. Israel says the charge is baseless.

#anti-semitism, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #east-jerusalem, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #roth-kenneth, #shakir-omar, #south-africa, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #west-bank

5,000 Flee as Venezuela Launches Largest Military Campaign in Decades

The Venezuelan government has long tolerated armed groups trafficking drugs and contraband near its border with Colombia. Now it has lashed out at one of them, driving thousands of civilians into flight.

#colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #ntn24-tv-network, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #venezuela

Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown

The attack by hundreds of suspected Islamist insurgents trapped nearly 200 people, including foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, Mozambique, site of a major gas project.

#africa, #civilian-casualties, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #terrorism, #total-sa

The Taliban’s Secret Prisons: A Reporter’s Perilous Trip

A perilous trip to find out more about these brutal incarcerations led to a wrenching interview and something extremely rare on this job: a hug.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #badakhshan-province-afghanistan, #buzkashi-afghan-game, #human-rights-watch, #kabul-afghanistan, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism

‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

Groups Put French State on Legal Notice Over Police Racism

In a first, six nongovernmental organizations are taking legal steps to force an overhaul of the country’s policing.

#amnesty-international, #discrimination, #france, #human-rights-watch, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling

Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

The vote ended a proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which sought to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate.

#fiji, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-relations, #roth-kenneth, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-international-relations

Bhutan Becomes Latest Asian Nation to Dial Back Anti-Gay Laws

Lawmakers in the Himalayan country voted this week to amend a 2004 law that criminalizes “sexual conduct that is against the order of nature,” previously treated as a reference to gay sex.

#bhutan, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-watch

‘On Social Media, There Are Thousands’: In Cuba, Internet Fuels Rare Protests

Artists gathered by the hundreds in Cuba’s largest protest in decades after seeing videos of police detentions that were filmed on cellphones and circulated online.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuba, #culture-arts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #havana-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com

Decades Later, Liberian Warlord Faces War Crimes Trial in Switzerland

In a step hailed by rights advocates, a Swiss court has charged former rebel leader Alieu Kosiah with murder, rape, recruiting child soldiers and cannibalism.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #switzerland, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #group-of-twenty, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

In Azerbaijan, a String of Explosions, Screams and Then Blood

Caught in an Armenian rocket attack, a New York Times reporting team captures the agony of an expanding, dirty war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #barda-azerbaijan, #civilian-casualties, #cluster-munitions, #human-rights-watch, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

For Indian Women Working as Cooks and Nannies, No #MeToo Moment

A new study by Human Rights Watch found that poor Indian women who work in the informal jobs sector are routinely subjected to sexual harassment and abuse despite a groundbreaking law.

#metoo-movement, #human-rights-watch, #india, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

Recent abductions of a journalist and an activist have underscored Pakistan’s worsening rights conditions as the country’s security forces pressure the news media and human rights groups.

#amnesty-international, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #dawn-pakistani-newspaper, #defense-and-military-forces, #geo-tv, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #khan-imran, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #pakistan, #pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf, #political-prisoners, #rehman-mir-shakil-ur, #sharif-nawaz, #unemployment

Over 180 Bodies Found Dumped in Burkina Faso Town, Report Says

For months, terrified residents of Djibo, a town in the West African nation, kept discovering corpses of men who had been shot, blindfolded and bound. They blame the military.

#burkina-faso, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sahel-africa

Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Human rights groups say the new law will give the police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent.

#bachelet-michelle, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #philippines, #terrorism, #torture, #united-nations

Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.

The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.

#defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #helicopters, #human-rights-watch, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-dc

Western Countries Leave Children of ISIS in Syrian Camps

The children are living in squalid detention camps lacking schools, health care and clean water, and where disease and jihadist ideology are rampant.

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #syria

Duterte’s Shutdown of ABS-CBN Network Leaves Void in Coronavirus Crisis

Critics of the Philippine president say the move was yet more evidence of an increasingly domineering government using a crisis like the pandemic to crack down on dissent.

#abs-cbn-corp, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-watch, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #rappler, #ressa-maria, #television

Should People Without Coronavirus Antibodies Be Second-Class Citizens?

Let’s stop and think before we start issuing “immunity passports.”

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Iran, Devastated by Coronavirus, Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives

Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren’t to blame; Iran is.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #epidemics, #european-union, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-crisis-group, #international-monetary-fund, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #medical-devices, #murphy-christopher-scott, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #sanders-bernard, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical, #zarif-mohammad-javad