Killing of Tyre Nichols Shows Structural Problems in US Policing
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2d ago
Click to expand Image Relatives and community members hold candles at a vigil for Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee, January 26, 2023. © 2023 AP Photo/Gerald Herbert The United States is bracing for further details in yet another horrific police killing of a Black man, this time Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. The fatal beating reminds us of the fundamental changes to policing that are still needed and what is required to foster safety in the US, particularly in Black communities, whose members are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. Tyre Nichols, 29, was the ..read more
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ICC Authorizes Resumed Philippines Investigation
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2d ago
Click to expand Image Relatives of victims during President Rodrigo Duterte's “war on drugs” hold a memorial for their loved ones at a church in Manila, Philippines, March 17, 2019. © 2019 Bullit Marquez/AP Images On Thursday, a panel of judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague authorized the Office of the Prosecutor to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines. The judges concluded that the Philippine government failed to substantiate its assertions that it was doing enough to investigate and prosecute killings that took place during ..read more
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Deaths Underscore Inhumanity of Canada’s Immigration Detention
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3d ago
Click to expand Image A protestor holds a sign outside a provincial jail in Toronto during a rally against immigration detention, 2022. © 2022 Samer Muscati/HRW On January 28, 2022, Bryan Arthur Stone, a 56-year-old father, died by suicide at the Laval Quebec immigration holding center while in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). A year later, CBSA has refused to release details about the case, citing privacy. But information has now come to light after media obtained the Quebec coroner’s investigation, which stated that “this death could have been avoidable.” Bryan was an ..read more
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Zimbabwe: A Move to Curb Freedom of Association as Election Nears
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3d ago
Click to expand Image Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured at a ZANU PF congress in Harare on, October 28, 2022. (AP Photo/STR). © (Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe should reregister hundreds of civil society groups whose registration it has withdrawn, and amend its Private Voluntary Organization Act to bring it in line with its obligations to protect freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also cancel an amendment that would bar groups from “political” activity under threat of criminal penalties. On January 22, 2023, Zimbabwean authorities announced they had revoked the r ..read more
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Cameroon: Prominent Investigative Journalist Killed
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by Human Rights Watch
3d ago
Click to expand Image Mourners place candles in a room of Radio Amplitude FM where a portrait of journalist Martinez Zogo has been placed to pay tribute to him in Elig Essono district in Yaounde, Cameroon, on January 23, 2023.  © DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/AFP via Getty Images Cameroonian authorities should conduct an effective and transparent investigation into the killing of Martinez Zogo, a leading investigative journalist, Human Rights Watch said today. Zogo, who was director of the radio station Amplitude FM, regularly exposed corruption through his work and, in the days before he was kil ..read more
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El Salvador: Leaked Database Points to Large-Scale Abuses
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by Human Rights Watch
3d ago
Click to expand Image People arrested by police wait in zip tie handcuffs in the back of a truck to be transferred to a prison at the Police Delegation of San Bartolo in Soyapango, El Salvador, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. © AP Photo/Salvador Melendez (New York) – A database obtained by Human Rights Watch supports findings of mass due process violations, severe prison overcrowding, and deaths in custody in El Salvador, Human Rights Watch and Cristosal said today. The database appears to belong to the Ministry of Public Safety and lists names of people prosecuted between March and late-August 2022 d ..read more
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Indian Government App Exposed Children’s Personal Data
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3d ago
Click to expand Image Children studies online using borrowed mobile phones in Mumbai, India, during school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. October 16, 2020.  © 2020 Ashish Vaishnav/Sipa via AP Images WIRED reported this week that the Indian government had, for over a year, exposed the personal data of nearly 600,000 students and more than a million teachers on the open web for anyone to find.  Human Rights Watch spoke to Nathaniel Fried, co-founder of Anduin, the intelligence software company that had identified the exposure, and learned that the students and teachers were fro ..read more
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Spain Debates Dangerous Sex Work Law
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by Human Rights Watch
3d ago
Click to expand Image Sex workers protest in the Puerta del Sol, Madrid, against the the proposed criminalization of sex work, October 22, 2021. © 2021 Cecilia Montagut Spanish lawmakers should reject a potential law criminalizing sex work that is being debated in parliament. Research across Europe consistently shows that laws criminalizing the purchase of sex, known as the Nordic Model, increase sexual violence and harassment against sex workers, while having no demonstrable effect on human trafficking or the demand for sex. Research commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department of Justice ..read more
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Morocco: Saudi Man at Risk of Forced Return
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3d ago
Click to expand Image Hassan Al Rabea. © Private (Beirut) – Moroccan authorities may extradite a Saudi citizen to Saudi Arabia, where he is at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture, and an unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Moroccan authorities detained Hassan Al Rabea at the Marrakesh Airport on January 14, 2023, as he was attempting to travel to Turkey. Saudi prosecutors are seeking to try Al Rabea for working with “terrorists” to help him leave Saudi Arabia “irregularly,” based on an arrest warrant that Human Rights Watch has reviewed. “Given the rampant torture and due pro ..read more
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Greece: Migrant Rights Defenders Face Charges
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4d ago
Click to expand Image Left: Panayote Dimitras. Right: Tommy Olsen. © 2019 EIN Secretariat – Agnes Ciccarone © 2015 Adam Rosser (Athens, January 26, 2023) – Greek authorities have brought unfounded charges against two migrants’ rights defenders, Panayote Dimitras and Tommy Olsen, linked to their peaceful activism, Human Rights Watch said today. The case is part of a wider pattern of prosecutions of activists working with migrants. The activists were charged by Greek judicial authorities on the island of Kos for “forming or joining for profit and by profession a criminal organization with the pu ..read more
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