Executive Director, Human Rights Watch @HRW
The Myanmar junta's brutal crackdown doesn't reflect "the individual actions of security officers, but a countrywide policy of the junta" -- crimes against humanity.
The International Criminal Court prosecutor says he'll focus his Afghanistan investigation on Taliban and ISIS crimes. That risks sending a signal of partiality, given the many serious crimes also committed by the former Afghan government and its backers.
Tunisian President Kais Saied faces growing opposition as he sets up "a system under which he will essentially govern the country by decree, bypassing the Constitution." On Sunday, 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Tunis.
Russian authorities have taken punitive action against three local human rights defenders and their groups -- two have won cases against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of victims of torture, the third defends the rights of migrants.
The Chinese government has a long history of restricting women's right to reproductive freedom. First it was forced abortions to enforce its one-child policy. Now fears mount that it will limit abortions to address China's serious demographic problem.
Republicans are holding up confirmation of a Biden nominee who would be his highest-ranking Muslim in part by claiming a group he is affiliated with is antisemitic for referring to Israel's apartheid, prompting even some American Jewish groups to object.
"North Korea has reportedly built a new political prison camp" -- the third in recent months. "North Korea is apparently continuing to build new facilities as existing facilities fill up amid intensified efforts to crackdown on rule breakers."
We shouldn't call it a "battle zone" (as this article does) when the Myanmar junta's security forces fire live ammunition at unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators. It's slaughter. And a horrible crime.
Myanmar's coup leader Min Aung Hlaing was so out of touch with the people of his country that, Trumpian style, he seemed to believe that the only way his party could have lost the recent election was through fraud. In fact, his party was trounced.
The fearmongers were wrong. Five years since Merkel admitted 1M refugees, they have largely been a success story, judging by their employment, mastery of the language, university attendance, and integration. The predicted violence came from the far right.