Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Activists at Risk

Click to expand Image (New York) – Bangladesh authorities and United Nations officials should take urgent measures to protect Rohingya refugees facing threats and violence in the Cox’s Bazar camps, Human Rights Watch said today. Rohingya community leaders and volunteer workers told Human Rights Watch that alleged members of armed…

‘They call us slaves’: Kenyan domestic workers call out exploitation

Two years ago, Faith Murunga departed Nairobi on Christmas day for what she hoped would be a good paying job as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia. Yet upon arrival in the Saudi city of Arar, she quickly found her new employer to be cruel, denying her food and only…

Turkey: Activists in more than 40 countries demand acquittal of students facing three years in jail for celebrating Pride

Ahead of a court ruling expected on Friday in the case of 18 Turkish students and one academic who are being prosecuted for taking part in a Pride parade in May 2019, Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Europe Director said: “Activists around the world have joined Amnesty International in calling for…

Migrant workers still experiencing kafala system in Qatar

Reports of migrant forced labor in Qatar continue to abound over a year after the government passed legal reforms that should have empowered workers to leave employers for other work. Six months ago, the government claimed that implementation delays were to be expected. Now, over a year later, the Ministry…

Ensuring All Iraqis with Disabilities Are Able to Vote

Click to expand Image A voter who uses a wheelchair at a polling place in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, on May 12, 2018. © 2018 Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images Next week, Iraq will hold parliamentary elections, but many people with disabilities are effectively denied…

Singapore: Foreign interference law is a tool for crushing dissent

Responding to Singapore lawmakers passing legislation that seeks to prevent foreign interference in domestic affairs, Emerlynne Gil, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Research, said: “The passing of Singapore’s foreign interference law constitutes a brutal attack on the rights to freedom of expression and association, creating yet another tool that…

Algeria – release journalist Rabah Karèche!

Originally published in French by Liberté On 12 August, Rabah Karèche, a Tamanrasset-based correspondent for the newspaper Liberté, was sentenced to eight months in prison and four months on parole, plus a fine of 20,000 Algerian dinars (about 145 dollars). His appeal will be heard on 4 October. Amnesty International…

Afghanistan: 13 Hazara killed by Taliban fighters in Daykundi province – new investigation

Nine former members of government security forces extrajudicially executed after surrendering Victims included a 17-year-old girl who was caught in crossfire Taliban forces unlawfully killed 13 ethnic Hazaras, including a 17-year-old girl, in Afghanistan’s Daykundi province after members of the security forces of the former government surrendered, a new investigation…

From New York to Paris, protests erupt against Uyghur forced labor

On Saturday, October 2, protests simultaneously broke out in New York and Paris at Zara and Apple stores. Though organized separately by different groups, both shared a common goal: to raise a voice against Uyghur forced labor. While persons were demonstrating in front of Zara’s flagship store at the Champs-Elysees…

Illinois Should Protect Reproductive Rights

Click to expand Image  People rally downtown for the Second Annual Women’s March on January 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. © 2018 Scott Olson/Getty Images I had an abortion in the US state of Illinois as a young woman. I had support from friends and family, and I was able…

Eswatini: Authorities must investigate police shooting of a protester and stop excessive use of force

A protester is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head by Eswatini security forces outside parliament during protests to deliver a petition to the US embassy urging the United States to intervene following the arrest and detention of two members of parliament. In response to…

UAE: Tolerance Narrative a Sham

(Beirut, October 1, 2021) – United Arab Emirates authorities are using Expo 2020 Dubai to promote a public image of openness that is at odds with the government’s efforts to prevent scrutiny of its rampant systemic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. Expo 2020 is a prominent global…

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