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HRW Urges Democratic Leaders ‘To Do Better’ In Face Of Authoritarian Rise (HRW)

Human Rights Watch says the world’s democratic leaders need “to do better” in meeting global challenges if they are to build momentum in toppling autocrats after a wave of protests against authoritarian rule last year.

HRW Urges Democratic Leaders ‘To Do Better’ In Face Of Authoritarian Rise (rferl.org)

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Russia

In Closing Memorial, Russia Heralds a New, Grimmer Era of Repression (Rachel Denber, HRW)

Directional sign "'Memorial' museum, archive, library," Moscow.

Directional sign “‘Memorial’ museum, archive, library,” Moscow. © Memorial 2021

In two days, Russian courts have delivered a one-two punch to Russia’s human rights movement. Just a few days after the 30-year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, courts ruled to close Memorial, Russia’s top human rights group.

In Closing Memorial, Russia Heralds a New, Grimmer Era of Repression | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

 

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Nigeria

Nigeria: Halt Closure of Displaced People’s Camps (HRW)

Nigeria’s Borno State government’s efforts to shut down government camps hosting thousands of displaced people by December 31, 2021 is creating risks and hardships, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should suspend the camp closures, which fail to guarantee displaced people’s rights.

Nigeria: Halt Closure of Displaced People’s Camps | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Japan Myanmar

Japan: Cut Defense Ties with Myanmar Military (HRW)

The Japanese government should cut ties with the Myanmar military and immediately suspend a military study-abroad program involving Myanmar cadets, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, staged a coup and installed a junta that overturned democratic elections.

Japan: Cut Defense Ties with Myanmar Military | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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USA

US: Failure to Pass Build Back Better Act Imperils Rights (HRW)

The Build Back Better Act would bring the United States closer to meeting international human rights standards and begin to repair a badly broken social safety net, Human Rights Watch said today. The Senate should strengthen components of the bill and promptly pass this legislation, or lose a critical chance to build a rights-respecting economy.

US: Failure to Pass Build Back Better Act Imperils Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Human Rigths

Top Human Rights Tweets of 2021 (HRW)

The hashtags #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar, #Tigray, #FarmersProtest, #WhereIsPengShuai, and #FreeBritney trended across the globe in 2021, springing from some of the world’s most dire conflicts and pressing issues. Human Rights Watch reporting on Israeli authorities’ crimes of apartheid and persecution, the Taliban’s attempt to erase women, and people with disabilities being abandoned during climate emergencies reached vast audiences online. And a common thread throughout it all: the coronavirus pandemic and the dangers of severely unequal access to Covid-19 vaccines. Here are some of year’s top human rights tweets.

Top Human Rights Tweets of 2021 | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Rapid Tides Expose Climate Risks (Stephanie McLennan, Rachel LaFortune, HRW)

Earlier this month, parts of Papua New Guinea (PNG) experienced a surge in king tides that flooded communities and displaced approximately 53,000 people. King tides are the highest predicted tides of the year and are reaching higher and farther as climate change causes sea levels to rise. For PNG – facing more than double the global average in annual sea level rise – the worst is yet to come.

Papua New Guinea’s Rapid Tides Expose Climate Risks | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Man Sentenced for Apostasy (HRW)

Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni man to 15 years in prison for apostasy on October 21, 2021, based on comments made via two anonymous Twitter accounts, Human Rights Watch said today. The court found that the tweets were promoting “apostasy, unbelief, and atheism.”

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Man Sentenced for Apostasy | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Thailand

Thailand: Transgender People Denied Equal Rights (HRW)

Transgender people in Thailand have no route to legal recognition of their gender identity, making them vulnerable to various forms of discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with the Thai Transgender Alliance.

Thailand: Transgender People Denied Equal Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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