India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law

End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups (Geneva, January 18, 2021) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and…

Syria: German Trial for Wartime Atrocities Opens

Click to expand Image The building entrance of the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court. © 2022 Julian Zündorf (Berlin) – Judges in Frankfurt, Germany will begin hearing evidence on January 19, 2022 in a trial involving allegations of torture and murder by state agents during Syria’s decade-long brutal armed conflict, Human…

Investigating a Massacre, Iraq Should Address Root Causes

Click to expand Image People walk outside Iraqi Criminal Court in Baghdad’s Karkh district, Iraq, May 5, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File On December 31, Iraqi security forces killed 20 people from a single family in a raid on a home in Jableh district in Babil governorate, south…

Don’t let Big Tech fool you: Small businesses don’t want surveillance advertising.

by Claudia Prettner (Legal/Policy Advisor, Amnesty Tech), Alia Al Ghussain (Campaigns and Communications Officer, Amnesty Tech) and Nienke Palstra (Senior Campaigner, Global Witness) Tracking-based advertising has become all pervasive in the digital world. Our new research shows that small businesses know very well how harmful these practices are to human…

Greece: New Biometrics Policing Program Undermines Rights

Click to expand Image Police detain individuals assumed to be migrants in central Athens, on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Between August 4, 2012, and February 22, 2013, Greek police detained almost 85,000 people of foreign origin on the streets of Athens to check their identification papers and legal status. © 2012…

Afghanistan: Taliban Deprive Women of Livelihoods, Identity

Click to expand Image Burqa-clad women walk on a street in Ghazni City, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, November 15, 2021. © 2021 HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images (New York) – Taliban rule has had a devastating impact on Afghan women and girls, new research shows, Human Rights Watch and the…

Philippines: End Deadly ‘Red-Tagging’ of Activists

(Manila) – The Philippine government should end the “red-tagging” of activists as rebels or supporters of the communist insurgency, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a video about the threatening practice and its impact. The video features a human rights activist, a workers’ rights advocate, and a journalist whom the…

UK: Temporary Accommodation Violates Children’s Rights

(London) – Children in London are growing up in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government, Human Rights Watch and the Childhood Trust said in a joint report released today. The UK government is failing in its duty to ensure the…

France/Germany: Small businesses want EU to get tough on Google and Facebook’s invasive advertising – new research

YouGov poll reveals small business leaders are uncomfortable with Facebook and Google’s tracking-based advertising  Small business leaders in France and Germany want alternatives to Facebook and Google’s dominant tracking-based advertising, new research commissioned by Amnesty International and Global Witness has shown. Ahead of a key EU vote this week aimed…

Russia: One year after jailing, Aleksei Navalny and his associates in a “living hell”

Over the course of the last 12 months, the Russian authorities have unleashed an unprecedented campaign of repression and reprisals against wrongfully imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his supporters, destroying all remnants of the rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International said today on the first anniversary…

Tunisia: Amend excessive Covid-19 restrictions banning all public gatherings

New Covid-19 restrictions in Tunisia banning all public gatherings effectively impose a blanket ban on public demonstrations, and thus impede people’s rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today. The restrictions came into force on 13 January, amid signs of growing intolerance for dissent and one day…

China: World must use Winter Olympics to demand human rights improvements

Games take place amid worsening human rights situation International community must not be complicit in sportswashing exercise IOC should better protect athletes’ rights following Peng Shuai case The world must use the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as an opportunity to push for human rights improvements in China, Amnesty International…

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