Human Rights

  • 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 other abusive laws to silence…
  • 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 rights but have little alternative.…
  • 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 Associated Press/Thanassis Stavrakis (Athens) –…
  • 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 Human Rights Institute at San…
  • 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 authorities have red-tagged. Red-tagging, also…
  • 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 right to adequate housing for…
  • 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 of the politician’s arrest. “In…
  • 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 at imposing stricter rules on…
  • 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 before planned demonstrations against President…
  • 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 said ahead of next month’s…
  • German Court Orders Protection of People with Disabilities in Triage Decisions
    Click to expand Image Plenary session in the Bundestag in Berlin, January 12, 2022. © 2022 ddp images/Sipa via AP Images In a December 2021 ruling, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers to protect people with disabilities against discrimination during medical triage decisions. Nine people with disabilities had filed a complaint with the court in…
  • The Future for Autocrats is Darker Than It Seems
    (Geneva) – Autocratic leaders faced significant backlash in 2021, but democracy will flourish in the contest with autocracy only if democratic leaders do a better job of addressing global problems, Kenneth Roth, executive director at Human Rights Watch, said today in releasing the Human Rights Watch World Report 2022. From Cuba to Hong Kong, people…
  • Brazil: Protect Voting, Speech Rights
    Click to expand Image Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro watches a military parade in front of the presidential palace in Brasilia on August 10, 2021. © Matheus W Alves/Futura Press (São Paulo) – Brazil’s democratic institutions should protect voting and speech rights leading to the October 2022 presidential elections from any attempt by President Jair Bolsonaro to subvert the electoral system or undermine…
  • Bangladesh: Grave Rights Concerns Dismissed
    Click to expand Image Activists hold placards during a demonstration in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 1, 2021, following the death of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison after his arrest under the Digital Security Act. © 2021 Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League government dismissed concerns raised by the…
  • Kazakhstan: Protect Human Rights During Crisis
    Click to expand Image Police detain Khalida Akytkhan outside the Chinese Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where relatives of people detained or disappeared in Xinjiang, China have been protesting for over 300 days. December 8, 2021. © 2021 Manas Kaiyrtaiuly/RFE/RL (Berlin) –  Kazakhstan authorities have failed to prioritize protecting human rights during the country’s current crisis,…
  • Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’
    Click to expand Image Journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva, right, and Daria Chultsova embrace inside a defendants’ cage in a court room in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. © 2021 AP (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities unleashed an unprecedented crackdown against civil society following peaceful countrywide protests in spring and summer 2020, Human Rights Watch said today…
  • Russia: Repression Escalates
    Click to expand Image Police detain protesters at a rally against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, January 31, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky (Moscow) – Russian authorities unleashed a full-fledged witch hunt on civic groups, independent media and journalists, political opposition and other critics in the run-up to the…
  • Germany/Syria: Conviction of Syrian official for crimes against humanity a historic win for justice
    Responding to a decision of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, which has convicted former Syrian intelligence officer Anwar Raslan to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including torture, murder and rape of detainees in Branch 251, an infamous military intelligence facility in Damascus city, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East…
  • Germany: Conviction for State Torture in Syria
    Click to expand Image Photos of Syrians who have been detained or disappeared set up by Families for Freedom, as part of a protest in front of the court in Koblenz, July 2, 2020. © 2020 Alexander Suttor (Berlin) – The conviction of a former Syrian intelligence officer for crimes against humanity by a German court…
  • El Salvador: Amnesty International verifies use of Pegasus spyware for surveillance of journalists
    A joint investigation by Access Now and the Citizen Lab has identified the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against journalists and members of civil society organizations in El Salvador on a massive scale. Technical experts from the Amnesty International Security Lab have peer-reviewed the report and independently verified forensic evidence showing that Pegasus has been misused in…
  • Niger: Conviction of investigative journalists marks deepening repression of media freedom
    The recent conviction of two investigative journalists in Niger for reporting the findings of an international NGO marks an alarming turn in the authorities’ increasingly brazen targeting of media critics, Amnesty International said today. On 3 January, a court in the capital Niamey sentenced two prominent journalists, Samira Sabou and Moussa Aksar, to respective one-month…
  • Egypt: Hopes for justice crushed as court confirms prison term for women’s rights defender
    Responding to yesterday’s decision –announced today– by Egypt’s Court of Cassation to confirm its conviction against Amal Fathy, a women’s rights defender who criticised the Egyptian authorities’ failure to protect women from sexual harassment, and sentence her to one year in prison, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, said:…
  • Poland: After acquitting rainbow halo women, authorities must end their witch-hunt against activists
    Responding to the dismissal of the appeal against the acquittal of three women human rights activists in Poland on absurd charges of “offending religious beliefs” for distributing posters of the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag, Catrinel Motoc, Senior Campaigner in Amnesty International’s Europe Regional Office said:…
  • Kazakhstan: Authorities must release arbitrarily detained protestors and respect human rights amid ongoing unrest
    • Information severely restricted• Concern over arbitrary arrests and detainees’ treatment• Death toll still unknown The Kazakhstani authorities must release journalists and activists who have been arbitrarily detained for their coverage of mass protests across the country over the past week, provide information on all protest-related arrests and ensure human rights of all detainees, said…
  • Poland: Verdict in prosecution of women who put up posters of Virgin Mary with rainbow halo expected
    Ahead of the prosecutor’s appeal tomorrow against the decision to acquit three women charged with “offending religious beliefs” for possessing and distributing posters depicting the Virgin Mary with an LGBTI rainbow halo, Amnesty International’s Senior Campaigner for Europe, Catrinel Motoc, said: “This case is emblematic of a number of disturbing anti-human rights trends in Poland.…
  • 20 years on, Biden must close Guantánamo once and for all
    At a recent demonstration outside the White House calling for the closure of the US military prison at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, a teenager approached a colleague to ask what the protest was all about. He told her he had never heard of the detention facility. It’s been 20 years and four presidential administrations…
  • Chinese Authorities’ ‘Inhumane Cruelty’ Again on Display
    Click to expand Image Zhang Qing (L), the wife of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, speaks at a press conference before a subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, as her daughter Yang Tianjiao looks on, October 29, 2013. © 2013 JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images “Never could I imagine…
  • Iran: Writer Dies in Custody
    Click to expand Image Baktash Abtin. © 2020 Private (Beirut) – The death of the writer and poet Baktash Abtin in custody is emblematic of the dire situation Iranian authorities have created for imprisoned critics of the government, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian officials should conduct transparent and impartial investigations into recent reported deaths…
  • South Korean Court Declines to Recognize Same-Sex Partners
    Click to expand Image Participants march with a rainbow flag during a Pride parade in Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2017.    © 2017 AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. A court in Seoul, South Korea has rejected a same-sex couple’s bid for spousal health insurance benefits, underscoring the lack of legal protections for same-sex couples in the…
  • Djokovic Case Highlights Australia’s Cruel Immigration Policies
    Click to expand Image Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates his win at the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France, November 6, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Thibault Camus While the world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, spent four nights detained at an immigration hotel in Melbourne before a judge ordered his release, his…
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