China and the Battle over Human Rights

Hung Chung Chih via Shutterstock

by James M. Dorsey China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in… Continue Reading  

Syrian return: A Matter of Politics or Humanitarianism?

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

by Roshan De Stone and David Suber Under international law, refugees with a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin cannot be forcibly repatriated. The rights-based language used around return usually frames the issue as a humanitarian one; often… Continue Reading  

Bahrain: Drop Charges in Rights Defender’s Case

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

by Human Rights Watch The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch:

New Year Not Likely Happy for Leading Gulf Rights Defenders

Ahmed Mansoor (Amnesty International)

by Joe Stork  It’s been a grim 2018 for partisans of free expression in the Gulf. The gruesome murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi by henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman rightly commanded headlines. More bad news looms,… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Coalition Fails To Curb Violations

Destruction caused by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa in August 2017

by Human Rights Watch The Saudi-led coalition’s investigations into alleged war crimes in Yemen have lacked credibility and failed to provide redress to civilian victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.