Executive Director, Human Rights Watch @HRW
In 1988, Iran's newly "elected" president, Ebrahim Raisi, "sat on a four-man committee that sent about 5,000 imprisoned government opponents to their deaths...Many were executed in prison even though they had not been sentenced to death."
Revolutionary governments such as Iran's may endure because of their utter ruthlessness -- destroying any potential challenger -- but that hardly means they are serving the people of their country rather than perpetuating their power.
The week's trending rights tweets: Hungarian PM Orban plays the homophobia card, the Myanmar junta's brutality deepens, forced starvation faces the people of Ethiopia's Tigray region, Russia threatens to cut off northern Syria from needed humanitarian aid.
A "new study found that 60,000 of the child marriages [in the United States!] since 2000 involved couples w/ a large enough gap in ages that sex would typically be a crime. 'The marriage license became a get-out-of-jail-free card in most of those states.'”
"The continued detention of some of Ethiopia’s most popular opposition leaders, particularly in Oromia, the country’s biggest and most populous region, has eliminated [PM Abiy Ahmed's] main challengers from the vote" tomorrow."
"The Turkish government is 'brazenly boasting' about the 'success' of the country’s intelligence agency in abducting and rendering tens of political opponents of President Erdogan to Turkey" -- an obvious flouting of the rule of law.
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.