Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth


Executive Director, Human Rights Watch @HRW

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The Iranian government is desperately pleading for Trump to make clear that the financial sanctions do not impeded the shipment of life-saving medical supplies to Iran to help it cope with the coronavirus threat. Why won't he do that?

Many governments are intensifying digital surveillance, ostensibly to fight the coronavirus, but using incomplete and discriminatory datasets could lead to draconian enforcement that unfairly penalizes minorities and people living in poverty.

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Beating people is no way to enforce a coronavirus quarantine, but that's how Uganda's security forces have been operating under Pres Museveni.

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It's horrible that the leading US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, now needs special security protection just because he is seen as not endorsing Trump's self-serving lies on the coronavirus.

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A Bluetooth app would enable public-health authorities to determine who has been in contact with someone infected by the coronavirus without using intrusive location data. It would be encrypted, held only short-term & available only to health authorities.

Shortly after UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres  announces a new "call to action" on human rights the United Nations announcs a big new partnership with Tencent, known for its surveillance on behalf of the Chinese government.

Latin America's severely overcrowded prisons are an epidemic waiting to happen. Prison populations should be reduced to the greatest extent possible before the coronavirus strikes. Delay will endanger everyone because the virus easily jumps prison walls.

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I flew to Hong Kong to release @hrw ’s new World Report. This year it describes how the Chinese government is undermining the international human rights system. But the authorities just blocked my entrance to Hong Kong, illustrating the worsening problem.

The latest round of sectarian violence in Delhi began when a local Hindu nationalist politician (photo) insisted that police remove a group of Muslims protesters or his thugs would. PM Modi's selective impunity encourages such Hindu nationalist assaults.

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Sad thing is it's hard to decide which side's lack of women is less surprising.

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Chilean protesters are losing their eyesight because of police misuse of rubber projectiles and gas cannisters.

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The Brunei sultan's new penal code is barbaric to the core. It imposes death by stoning for extramarital sex, anal sex, and abortion; amputation of limbs for stealing; and 100 lashes with a whip for lesbian sex. Even for children who reach puberty.

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As Saudi Arabia threatens to sue anyone who Tweets this, my message is: See you in court.

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