China targets Uighurs with more prosecutions, prison terms: HRW

China has increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, handing out longer jail terms, an HRW report has found. China has dramatically increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang through the formal court system, handing out long prison terms for dubious charges such as “picking quarrels” and giving gifts to overseas relatives, a […]

‘Indiscriminate’ shelling killed many civilians in Tigray: HRW

Ethiopian forces ‘struck homes, hospitals, schools and markets’ in the first weeks of the war, according to the HRW report. Ethiopian forces shelled heavily populated areas in the first weeks of the conflict in the Tigray region, killing at least 83 civilians and displacing thousands, Human Rights Watch has said. Artillery attacks by forces backing […]

COVID used as a pretext to curtail free speech worldwide: HRW

At least 83 governments worldwide have used the coronavirus pandemic to justify curbs on free speech and peaceful assembly and targeted political opponents, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Thursday. Vague laws were enacted that criminalised free speech, the report by the New York-based rights body said, adding that journalists, activists, healthcare […]

China uses big data to select Muslims for arrest in Xinjiang: HRW

A big-data program in China’s Xinjiang “arbitrarily selects” Muslims for detention, flagging behaviour such as wearing a veil, studying the Quran or going on the Hajj pilgrimage as reasons for arrest, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a new report on Wednesday, the rights group said it analysed a leaked list of more than […]

Burundi refugees forcibly disappeared, tortured in Tanzania: HRW

At least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly disappeared from refugee camps in Tanzania over the past year, according to a new report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). Many were tortured at a police station in Kibondo, Tanzania, the report says. Seven remain missing, while three were released after several weeks. […]

Nepal stalling prosecutions on war crimes: HRW #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The rights group urges government to pursue conflict-era human rights cases and ensure no amnesty granted to gross rights violations. Nepal’s authorities are preventing police and prosecutors from pursuing wartime crimes from the conflict between Maoist rebels and the state which ended in 2006, contributing to a culture of impunity, Human Rights Watch said on […]