International Human Rights News Sources

The Latest Human Rights News

News surrounding human rights is often unreported in mainstream media outlets. Being so, activists must constantly scour the Internet for a better understanding of the events unfolding in our world. To promote human rights awareness, we here at RTK, will feature a weekly collection of news articles and videos, which incite a more critical, aware, and empowered public.

2010 Iraq Map

Iraq: Protect Palestinians in Iraqi Prisons

Dec 13, 2012

Iraqi authorities should investigate allegations of torture and unfair trials of Palestinians in Iraqi prisons.A recently concluded conference in Baghdad attended by the Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, addressed concerns about Palestinians held in Israeli jails, but did not examine allegations of serious abuses against Palestinians in Iraqi custody.

2010 Bangladesh Sayedee

Bangladesh: Retrial Needed in Sayedee Case

Dec 13, 2012

Frequent changes to the three-judge panel in the war crimes trial of Delwar Hossain Sayedee mean that a fair trial is no longer possible and a new trial should be held.

Brazil: Rousseff Should Condemn Russian Crackdown

Dec 12, 2012

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil should express concern about the crackdown on civil society in Russia when she meets with President Vladimir V. Putin.

2012 Egypt detained protsters

Egypt: Investigate Brotherhood’s Abuse of Protesters

Dec 12, 2012

Egypt’s public prosecutor should investigate the detention and abuse of several dozen anti-government protesters in Cairo by Muslim Brotherhood members on December 5 and 6, 2012. At least 49 protesters opposed to President Mohamed Morsy were unlawfully held outside the Ettihadiya presidential palace gate, an area then occupied by the Muslim Brotherhood and overseen by riot police, detainees and witnesses told Human Rights Watch. The detentions followed armed clashes that resulted in the deaths of 10 people, mostly Muslim Brotherhood members, and injuries to 748 more, according to the Health Ministry.

Israel: Stop Raids on West Bank Rights Groups

Dec 12, 2012

The Israeli military should immediately return property seized from the offices of Palestinian human rights and civil society groups in the West Bank and compensate them for damages in the absence of any lawful justification for the raids.

2012 Syria al Quseir school

Syria: Incendiary Weapons Used in Populated Areas

Dec 12, 2012

The Syrian military has used air-delivered incendiary bombs in at least four locations across Syria since mid-November 2012.

2012 Sudan blue nile

Sudan: Civilians Describe Toll of Attacks

Dec 11, 2012

The Sudanese government’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states has killed and injured scores of civilians since the conflict began more than a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Government forces have raided villages, burned and looted civilian property, arbitrarily detained people, and assaulted and raped women and girls.

EU: Enact Controls on Digital Weapons Trade

Dec 11, 2012

The European Union should enact new controls on internet surveillance technologies that have enabled human rights violations. The European Parliament adopted a new digital freedom strategy in EU foreign policy in the plenary on December 11.

2012 WPP Moleres

Fernando Moleres Wins Tim Hetherington Grant

Dec 10, 2012

The photojournalist Fernando Moreles has been awarded the second Tim Hetherington Grant, an annual visual journalism award focusing on human rights, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo announced today.

2012 Russia lgbt flag

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Dec 10, 2012

Russia’s parliament should reject a proposed bill that would violate Russians’ freedom of expression and discriminate against and stigmatize Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Hungary: Abide by Ruling on Homelessness Dec 7, 2012 The Hungarian government should carry out, without delay, the November 12, 2012 Constitutional Court decision that the law criminalizing homelessness is unconstitutional.

2012 Gaza bombing

Israel/Gaza: Israeli Airstrike on Home Unlawful

Dec 7, 2012

An Israeli airstrike that killed 12 civilians – the largest number of civilians killed in a single attack during the Gaza fighting in November – was a clear violation of the laws of war.

Equatorial Guinea: Cease Politically Motivated Arrests

Dec 6, 2012

The most recent arbitrary detention of a leading opposition politician in Equatorial Guinea on December 4, 2012, raises concerns about human rights conditions in the lead-up to legislative elections in the first half of 2013. Since November 2011, the government has detained at least four high-profile members of the country’s beleaguered political opposition.

2011 Nigeria lead poisoning

Nigeria: Death Stalking Lead-Poisoned Children

Dec 6, 2012

The Nigerian government’s failure to produce promised funding to address the worst lead poisoning outbreak in modern history is leaving thousands of children to die or face lifelong disability, the Nigerian Youth Climate Action Network (NYCAN) and Human Rights Watch said today. The organizations opened a social media campaign on December 6, 2012, urging people to post comments to President Goodluck Jonathan’s official Facebook page, asking him why he has broken his promise to release funding for the cleanup of lead-contaminated areas in Zamfara State.

2010 Uzbekistan Defenders

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

Dec 5, 2012

The Uzbek government should unconditionally release all of its political prisoners on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on December 8, 2012, human rights groups said today.

2009 Guinea stadium screenshot

Guinea: Step Up Efforts to Ensure Justice for Stadium Massacre

Dec 5, 2012

The Guinean government should increase support to the domestic investigation of the September 28, 2009 massacre, rapes, and other abuses to enable fair, credible prosecutions of the crimes without further delay, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The conclusion is based on extensive research and analysis of the factors holding up the investigation. International partners – including the European Union (EU), United States, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – also should increase pressure and support for justice to be done.

2011 Malaysia LGBT Protest

Malaysia: Respect Rights of LGBT People

Dec 5, 2012

The Malaysian government should end rights-violating and discriminatory government policies that vilify members of Malaysia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Fiji: Abuses Jeopardize Constitution Process

Dec 5, 2012

The government of Fiji should end human rights abuses that threaten to undermine the legitimacy of the process begun to draft a new constitution.

2011 Nepal Disabilities

US: Senate Misses Opportunity on Disability Convention

Dec 4, 2012

The United States missed an opportunity to display global leadership on disability rights on December 4, 2012, as the Senate failed to approve ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Qatar: Poet’s Conviction Violates Free Expression

Dec 4, 2012

A Qatari court’s life sentence for the poet Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami after a grossly unfair trial flagrantly violates the right to free expression. Putting Ibn al-Deeb on trial badly undermined Qatar’s efforts to present itself as a free speech haven. Egypt: New Constitution Mixed on Support of Rights Nov 30, 2012 The final draft of a constitution approved on November 29, 2012, by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others.

2012 US map

US: Prison Officials Thwart Compassionate Release

Nov 30, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Prisons blocks all but a few federal prisoners from compassionate release, Human Rights Watch and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) said in a report released today. The 128-page report is the first comprehensive examination of how compassionate release in the federal system works.


Jordan: End Protester Trials in State Security Courts

Nov 30, 2012

Jordanian authorities should stop using state security courts to try civilians, including for participating in peaceful protests. Protests have intensified following an announcement by the government on November 14, 2012, that it would end fuel subsidies.

2012 Tibet Monks Gather

China: Tibetan Immolations, Security Measures Escalate

Nov 29, 2012

The self-immolation of seven Tibetans since November 26, 2012, highlights the failure of Chinese authorities to address Tibetan grievances.

Palestine: Newest ‘Observer State’ Should Act on Rights Treaties

Nov 29, 2012

Palestinian leaders should pursue ratification of core international human rights treaties and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Governments that have pressed Palestine to forgo membership in the ICC, including the United Kingdom, or have said that they will impose sanctions on Palestine if it seeks ICC membership, namely Israel, should end such pressure and support universal ratification of the ICC treaty.

2012 Brazil police patrol

Brazil: States Should Act on Killings by Police

Nov 29, 2012

A resolution by Brazil’s Human Rights Defense Council outlines crucial steps needed to reduce unlawful killings by police, Human Rights Watch said today. The resolution calls on law enforcement officials at the state level to ensure that all killings by their police forces are properly investigated.

2012 Syria youth recruits

Syria: Opposition Using Children in Conflict

Nov 29, 2012

Armed opposition groups fighting in Syria are using children for combat and other military purposes, Human Rights Watch said today. Children as young as 14 have served in at least three opposition brigades, transporting weapons and supplies and acting as lookouts, Human Rights Watch found, and children as young as 16 have carried arms and taken combat roles against government forces. Opposition commanders should make public commitments to end this practice, and to prohibit the use of anyone under 18 for military purposes – even if they volunteer.

UAE: Cybercrimes Decree Attacks Free Speech

Nov 28, 2012

A new federal decree on cybercrimes in the United Arab Emirates effectively closes off the country’s only remaining forum for free speech. The decree poses a serious threat to the liberty of peaceful activists and ordinary citizens alike.

2010 Pakistan Chaudhry

Pakistan: Judges Muzzling Critics in the Media

Nov 27, 2012

Pakistan’s judges should cease using their contempt of court powers to prevent the media from airing programming critical of the judiciary.

2012 Syria cluster munitions

Syria: Evidence Shows Cluster Bombs Killed Children

Nov 27, 2012

Compelling evidence has emerged that an airstrike using cluster bombs on the town of Deir al-`Assafeer near Damascus killed at least 11 children and wounded others on November 25, 2012