Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows
BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
In its annual assessment of rights around the world, the advocacy group said rising opposition to authoritarian governments has been the most important development in the past year.
Human Rights Watch: Trump era encourages world’s strongmen
PARIS (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Thursday that new intolerance in countries like the U.S. is encouraging oppressive strongmen around the world.
In an annual report assessing the state of human rights around the world, the advocacy group says immigrant-bashing and other populist policies pose "an enormous threat" to hard-fought minority rights in democratic countries.
Rights group: China must stop pressuring advocates at UN
GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch says in a new report Tuesday that China has tried to intimidate, blacklist and squelch the voices of rights advocates who operate within the U.N. system, calling on Beijing to stop such pressure and urging U.N. agencies to resist.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New evidence indicates that the Syrian government used suspected nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December as part of a broader pattern of chemical weapons use, a human rights group said Monday.
Human Rights Watch said in a report that the "widespread and systematic" attacks on civilians using chemical weapons could constitute crimes against humanity.
Rights advocate urges democracies to step up in Trump era
GENEVA (AP) — The head of Human Rights Watch on Wednesday expressed concern "we will lose the U.S. voice as a defender of human rights around the world" under President Donald Trump, and urged other democracies to "take a leadership position" in the fight for rights.
Congo revokes work permit for human rights researcher
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has refused to renew a work permit for a Human Rights Watch senior researcher, requiring her to leave as tensions increase over November elections, the rights organization said.
Human Rights Watch said that by revoking Ida Sawyer's work permit, President Joseph Kabila's government is restricting human rights reporting before the elections and during a period of increased government repression.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Security forces in Kenya have forcibly disappeared at least 34 people over the past two years during counterterrorism operations against the al-Shabab extremist group based in neighboring Somalia, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday.
In a new report, the rights group urged Kenyan authorities to investigate the disappearances in the capital, Nairobi, and the northeast and the deaths of detainees.