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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Expand Former Central African Republic president Michel Djotodia (C) is received in Bangui on January 10, 2020 by political supporters. © 2020 Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images Two former leaders accused of serious abuse have recently returned to Central Africa Republic. Only two weeks after the return of former Central African Republic president Francois Bozizé to the country, former rebel, turned self-appointed president, Michel Djotodia landed in the capital, Bangui, last Friday. Under Djotodia’s leadership, the Seleka, a mostly Muslim rebel coalition from the country’s north, ousted… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand Workers march along a street to mark International Labor Day in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2019. © 2019 Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP via Getty Images (Bangkok) – The Cambodian government stepped up its crackdown on political opposition members and activists over the past year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. At one point the government held nearly 90 political prisoners throughout the country, mostly people linked to the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). From January until mid-2019, the authorities ordered over 150 court and police summonses against CNRP… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand Veiled protesters, mostly relatives of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings, display placards during a protest outside the Philippine military and police camps in Quezon City, Philippines on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Bullit Marquez (Manila) – The Philippine government’s murderous “war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2020. Security forces were also implicated in often deadly attacks on activists. “President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign remains as brutal as when… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand Students protesting against a discriminatory government decision limiting enrollment in public university to 24 years, hold up signs that say “education is a right for all.” © 2019 Mohamed Maa al-Einein Sid El-Kheir, Nouackchott, Mauritania (Beirut) – Mauritania’s first presidential transition in a decade has raised hope that the new head of state, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, will ensure human rights protections for all Mauritanians, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Ould Ghazouani should prioritize repealing repressive laws that curb freedom of expression, ensure… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand Vietnam Political Prisoners  © 2020 Private (New York) – At least 30 activists and dissidents were sentenced to prison in Vietnam in 2019 simply for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, association, and religion, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2020. The one-party state severely limited all basic civil and political rights and banned any activities that the ruling Communist Party deemed a threat to its monopoly of power. Activists and bloggers, in particular, suffered surveillance, travel bans, physical assaults, interrogation, and… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during Janadriyah Cultural Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 12, 2018.  © 2018 REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser (Beirut) – Saudi authorities carried out a sweeping campaign of repression against independent dissidents and activists, including two waves of mass arrests, in 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.    The arrests and harassment coincided with the most significant advancements for Saudi women in recent years, including removing travel restrictions for women… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Expand A Tunisian woman walks past a graffiti that reads "Freedom is a daily practice" in Tunis April 26, 2011. © 2011 Reuters / Anis Mili (Tunis) – Tunisia still faces numerous hurdles to protecting its human rights gains nine years after Tunisians ousted the authoritarian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.    The authorities failed to scrap laws that are still being applied to punish Tunisians for peaceful criticism or for pursuing their private lives as they wish. The absence of a constitutional court, which the 2014 Constitution envisioned, deprives… (Full Story)
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