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

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 […]

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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: 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Man Sentenced for Apostasy (HRW)

A 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: 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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North Korea: Abusive Rule 10 Years after Kim Jong Il (HRW)

The 10th anniversary of the death of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Il should focus global attention on the brutal rule of his son Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today. Kim Jong Il died on December 17, 2011. North Korea: Abusive Rule 10 Years after Kim Jong Il | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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El Salvador: Critics Blocked on Social Media (HRW)

The El Salvador authorities, including President Nayib Bukele, are blocking people on social media who criticize the government, Human Rights Watch said today. This violates their rights to free speech and access to information, and to participate in the conduct of public affairs. El Salvador: Critics Blocked on Social Media | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Myanmar Atrocities Show Need for International Action (Manny Maung, HRW)

In a year where atrocities by Myanmar’s military have been commonplace, credible reports of a massacre of 11 people, including 5 children, who were bound, shot, and then burned, have sparked revulsion and outrage. Myanmar Atrocities Show Need for International Action | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)