Robert Bernstein, top publishing executive, dead at 96

Entertainment 05/28/19, 13:11

Robert L. Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist who presided over a generation of dynamic growth at Random House and advocated for dissidents around the world, from the Soviet Union to Argentina, died Monday at age 96.Bernstein died in a Manhattan hospital after a brief illness, according to ...

Rights group denounces ‘unfree and unfair’ Egyptian vote

Africa 04/24/19, 06:14

An international rights group says the referendum approved by Egyptian voters that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy."Human Rights Watch says the three-day vote, which concluded Monday, was "marred by serious ...

Group calls for al-Bashir’s arrest ahead of Arab summit

Africa 03/27/19, 06:41

A rights group has urged Tunisia to either "bar or arrest" Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he tries to attend an Arab League summit this weekend.In a report issued Tuesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch described al-Bashir as a "fugitive from international justice" because he is wanted by the International ...

Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre

Africa 03/25/19, 11:54

The head of an ethnic Dogon militia blamed for a massacre in central Mali denied Monday that his fighters had been involved in the gruesome attack that left 154 dead in an ethnic Peuhl village.Youssouf Toloba also dismissed the Malian president's vow to eliminate the group, saying "he isn't the ...

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop ‘bride’ trafficking

Europe 03/20/19, 23:40

Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into traveling to China in search of work or ...

Japan urged to stop requiring surgery for altering gender ID

Asia & Pacific 03/20/19, 00:41

Human Rights Watch urged Japan on Wednesday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized to have their gender changed on official documents.A 2004 law states people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and have a body that "appears to have parts ...

Group: Hundreds of Iraqi IS child suspects arrested

Asia & Pacific 03/06/19, 00:17

Human Rights Watch says Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions.The New York-based group released a report on Wednesday estimating that Iraqi and Kurdish authorities were holding approximately 1,500 children ...

Rights group criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy

Europe 01/21/19, 08:55

Human Rights Watch is urging Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.The New York-based rights group says in a report Monday that unquestioning foreign support for Libya's coast guard leads to migrants being held ...

Human Rights Watch: global pushback against autocrats grows

World 01/17/19, 04:38

Human Rights Watch says there is a growing resistance around the world against the abuses of autocrats by coalitions of states, civic groups and popular movements, which are all pushing back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms.The advocacy group said in its annual report that the big news of the ...

Ghosn’s wife slams Japan detention as ‘draconian’ in letter

Business 01/13/19, 19:54

The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband's long detention and Japan's criminal justice system as unfair and harsh."My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system," Carole Ghosn wrote in ...

Report: Military officers, relatives tortured in Venezuela

America 01/09/19, 00:07

Law enforcement forces in Venezuela have detained and tortured military personnel accused of plotting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to two prominent human rights organizations.Human Rights Watch and the Venezuelan non-governmental group Foro Penal said in a joint report released Wednesday that authorities in the South American ...

Activists call on Australia to accept fleeing Saudi woman

Asia & Pacific 01/08/19, 01:40

Human Rights Watch has called on the Australian government to allow entry to a Saudi Arabian woman who's being processed by UN refugee authorities in Thailand after fleeing her homeland.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was detained after arriving in Bangkok on Saturday, but has come under the protection of the UN's refugee ...

Report: Dissident rebels fuel violence in Colombia port city

America 12/13/18, 19:37

Dissidents from Colombia's once largest rebel movement who were unable take advantage of a peace accord or grew disenchanted with the state's weak implementation are fueling violence in parts of the South American nation still waiting to see the benefits of peace, a rights group warned Thursday.An investigation by Human ...

Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military

Africa 11/27/18, 05:01

The United States and others are urging Ugandan authorities to fully investigate a military attack on a tribal king's palace two years ago that killed over 100 civilians and was widely condemned.At least 15 children were among the victims of the November 2016 assault targeting a kingdom known as Rwenzururu, ...

Migrants forced off ship after refusing to return to Libya

World 11/21/18, 04:36

Libyan authorities forcibly removed dozens of migrants who had barricaded themselves in a container ship in the port city of Misrata for the past 10 days after being picked up at sea.The migrants had refused to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. They were attempting to cross the ...

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