Tag Archive | HRW

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

The decision by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select Ma’ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi’s commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians, according to Human Rights Watch. Amin, who has been the chairman of Indonesia’s Ulama Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), and […]

HRW: Why A Former CIA Director Shouldn’t Run The [US] State Department

HRW: Why A Former CIA Director Shouldn’t Run The [US] State Department

John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch (HRW) writes on why Mike Pompeo is not suitable for US Secretary of State, including his problematic views on LGBTQ people. The nomination of Mike Pompeo to be US secretary of state has prompted powerful opposition from human rights groups because of his past support for CIA […]

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme. India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut […]

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch has said. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian […]

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

When Bisi Alimi came out as gay in Nigeria, his parents took him to a church where he underwent seven days of isolation, prayers and fasting to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality, he said. The experience, which prompted him to attempt suicide at the age of 17, is common for gay people from Nigeria to China […]

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

A bill targeting nongovernmental organizations would force some groups that receive funding from outside Hungary to register as ‘foreign funded’ and subject them to excessive sanctions and obligations, Human Rights Watch and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said yesterday. Parliament is set to vote on the draft law today June 13, 2017.

HRW: LGBTI people should be protected from violence and discrimination

HRW: LGBTI people should be protected from violence and discrimination

Human Rights Watch have welcomed the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. They state: “We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN regional groups. We hope that all can stand united in […]