Rights group comments on jailing of journalists in Myanmar

Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson, considers the verdict jailing two Reuters journalists for seven years in Myanmar is “clearly intended to intimidate other Burmese journalists”. They were accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in a case that fuelled international outrage a week after the army was accused of genocide.

HRW discusses Saudi lifting ban on women drivers

Hiba Zayadin, the acting Saudi researcher at Human Rights Watch, gives an interview in Amman on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia following the lifting of the driving-ban for women.

Human Rights Watch Blasts Trump On Withdrawal

Human Rights Watch is blasting the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. The executive director also chastised the administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the southern U.S. border. (June 20)

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Spanish police used ‘excessive force’ against protesters: HRW

Spanish police used excessive force against protesters in Catalonia during the region’s disputed referendum, says Human Rights Watch.

Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW

Rwanda’s military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. AFP was able to collect the testimony of a victim who recounts his ordeal.