Chechnya (HRC) – Earlier this week, HRC received updates from the Russian LGBT Network about the current situation in Chechnya. According to numerous media outlets and human rights organizations across the globe, authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been…
Bahrain (Sputnik) – Critics have slammed Bahrain’s decision to restore arrest and investigatory powers to an intelligence agency found guilty of torturing anti-government protestors, describing the move as “another nail in the coffin” for the country’s Western-backed reform process. Bahrain’s National…
Calls for Extrajudicial Killings of Palestinian Suspects Proliferate
Some senior Israeli officials have been encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat, Human Rights Watch said today in an analysis of those statements. Other Israeli officials have failed to repudiate the calls for excessive use of force.
Human Rights Watch has documented numerous statements since October 2015, by senior Israeli politicians, including the police minister and defense minister, calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life.
Men, women and children in Yemen are at risk of “catastrophic hunger” as the conflict between a Saudi Arabian led coalition and the Yemeni government continues.
Mass unemployment, rising food prices and a drop in exports means people in Yemen could run out of food fast, international charity Oxfam has warned.
A United Nations (UN) special rapporteur has announced the preliminary results of a study on torture in Turkish jails, prisons and extrajudicial sites stating he has found multiple abuses and cases of torture following July’s coup.
UN human rights expert, Nils Melzer conducted interviews with inmates, lawyers and advocacy groups over the course of six days last week. Melzer says the reports of torture are widespread through facilities at all levels and were most likely to occur upon initial arrest and detention of suspects. A recent investigation from BBC discovered that the recent purges and arrests aren’t limited to potential coup-plotters but also include many Kurds and leftists.
U2 and Change.org join the Backlash to free Raif Badawi and others held in violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia.