Human Rights Watch

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There’s a lot going on in the world. We reported on many human rights issues this week, from every region. Here’s a snapshot, by the numbers. #humanrights #weekinnumbers #sudan #china #womensrights #lgbt #egypt #us #ice #immigration
Video footage, verified by Human Rights Watch, shows Sudanese security forces driving around in armed vehicles, shooting bullets and teargas at unarmed protesters, and rounding up and brutally beating protesters and bystanders with sticks and gun butts. The footage also shows gruesome, bloody injuries from gunshots; evidence of harsh beatings and torture; and the effects of raids by security forces on hospitals, filling emergency rooms with teargas and hindering medical care. Since mid-December, protesters have taken to the streets in towns and cities across the country to protest price increases and to call on President Omar al-Bashir, in power for 29 years, to step down. There is irrefutable evidence that #Sudan is using ruthless violence and brutality against peaceful protesters and critics of the government. These violent tactics, which violate the very core of Sudan’s international human rights obligations, should end immediately, and those responsible should be held to account.
Emoji is thought to be the world’s fastest-growing language. It is only right that people with disabilities, as the world’s largest minority, are represented in, and able to access, culture and communication like this equally. Later this year, smartphones will have 59 new emojis representing people with disabilities. The new icons include men and women with a range of disabilities. There will be people with a white cane, with a service dog, with prosthetic limbs, using a wheelchair, and with a hearing aid. There is also an emoji of someone using sign language. There is still a long way to go for full inclusion and accurate representation of people with disabilities, but it is a big step forward to be included in the emojis. #emoji #disabilityrights #humanrights
Some good news to start the week! Refugee football player Hakeem al-Araibi is finally able to return to Australia, after being held in detention for more than 70 days. Thai authorities have dropped his extradition to Bahrain, Hakeem’s country of origin. Thank you to all who participated in our campaign!
There’s a lot going on in the world. We reported on many human rights issues this week, from every region. Here’s a snapshot, by the numbers. #humanrights #weekinnumbers #china #russia #us #ice #brazil #sudan
The Polish government is targeting women’s rights activists and organizations, putting women’s rights and safety at risk. More than two years after the first mass protests against efforts to further restrict abortion access, the ruling Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) party is attacking women’s rights activism through raids on groups’ offices, denial of funding, public smear campaigns, and disciplinary action. 🇵🇱 #poland #womensrights #humanrights #blackprotest
A new report, “‘What Hell Feels Like’: Acid Violence in Cambodia,” documents the use by private actors of nitric or sulfuric acid to inflict pain and permanently scar victims, and efforts by survivors to get justice and medical care. After several highly publicized acid attacks in Cambodia, the government in 2012 passed a law to curb the availability of acid used in attacks and to provide medical care and legal support to victims. However, Human Rights Watch found that many survivors of these attacks are unable to get adequate health care and meaningful compensation as the law requires, and that those responsible for attacks are rarely prosecuted. Learn more in our new video in IGTV. #Cambodia #womensrights #humanrights
Happy Lunar New Year to all celebrating this week. And especially to the many lawyers, activists, journalists, and other human rights defenders imprisoned or harassed in China for simply exercising their right to free speech and standing up for basic human rights for all. Swipe through for quotes from some of the beleaguered rights defenders we spoke to across China 🇨🇳. #LunarNewYear #China #humanrights
Thailand should free footballer Hakeem al-Araibi and allow him to return to his family in Australia, rather than sending him to Bahrain where he faces imprisonment and even torture. Bring Hakeem home. Follow the link in our bio to join our call and ask the Thai government to do the right thing. Take action today and #SaveHakeem . @fifaworldcup #FIFA #football #Thailand #WorldCup
Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to turn when they face abuse, leading some women to undertake dangerous escape attempts to flee the country. Watch our story today to see the many reasons why they flee. #endmaleguardianship #saudiarabia #womensrights #humanrights
Myanmar’s first democratically elected civilian government in decades has prosecuted large numbers of peaceful critics in violation of basic human rights. documents the use of broad and vaguely worded laws against activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy-led government. The many arrests and prosecutions have had a severe chilling effect on journalists in the country. Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has had a real opportunity to abolish the tools of oppression used by the military juntas, but has instead used them against peaceful critics and protesters. It’s not too late to reverse course and take steps to fully protect speech and assembly in Myanmar. #myanmar #burma #aungsansuukyi #humanrights
Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is a recognized refugee yet Thailand seems to be planning to forcibly return him to Bahrain, where he faces potential imprisonment and torture. Many athletes, the Australian government, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee have all demanded his freedom, and Thailand should permit his immediate return to his wife and teammates in Australia. We’ve launched #SaveHakeem , a campaign urging Thai authorities to respect Hakeem’s refugee status and not send him back to near-certain mistreatment or worse. Join our call and take action today via the link in our bio! @fifaworldcup
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