Tag Archive | HRW

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesian officials should uphold the rights of LGBT people in the face of renewed anti-LGBT statements and discriminatory policy proposals, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Governor Ridwan Kamil of West Java province. Throughout October 2018, government officials in various regencies of West Java province have publicly called for policies that would target […]

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Human Rights Watch to Monitor Bolsonaro’s Presidency Brazil´s judiciary and other key institutions should resist any attempt to undermine human rights, the rule of law, and democracy under Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Bolsonaro, a pro-torture, openly-bigoted member of Congress, won a run-off election on October 28, 2018 and will take office […]

Malawi: Arrests, Violence against LGBT People

Malawi: Arrests, Violence against LGBT People

“Repeal Laws; Moratorium Not Enough” Malawi’s laws, prohibiting consensual same-sex relations, foster a climate of fear and fuel violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Friday last. The punitive legal environment, combined with social stigma, allows police abuse to go unchecked, and prevents many LGBT people from reporting violence or […]

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 […]