Monthly Archives: January 2020

Dakar Rally: Why the racing community must stand up for jailed women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

This statement addressed to the Dakar Rally community was originally published on on 7 January 2020. The Dakar Rally (formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally) is an annual off-road endurance rally organized by the French company Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O). In April 2019, it was announced that the upcoming 2020 rally would be held

Hair-raising issues, the sounds of the Sasaab go global, and secret witnesses in Nigeria

Gambia takes Myanmar to court In November 2019, The Gambia filed a case against Myanmar at the International Criminal Court, with the support of 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The case filed before the ICJ alleges that Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine State violate various provisions of the Convention on the

Android pre-installed apps must follow normal privacy-respecting Play Store rules

Dear Mr. Pichai, We, the undersigned, agree with you: privacy cannot be a luxury offered only to those people who can afford it. And yet, Android Partners – who use the Android trademark and branding – are manufacturing devices that contain pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted (often known as “bloatware”), which can leave users vulnerable

India: Police fail to protect students during rampage by government supporters

This statement was originally published on on 7 January 2020. Police in India failed to intervene when alleged supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assaulted university students in Delhi on January 5, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses reported that dozens of masked men and several women carrying sticks, hammers, and

Terrorizing Iraqi protesters, misbehaving in Egypt, repression in Palestine and a ‘mockery of justice’ in Khashoggi murder verdict

Iraq: Masked, unidentifiable and unknown assassins Protests in Iraq raged on last month, as demonstrators continued to call for a complete upheaval of the power-sharing political system established since the US-led invasion, which demonstrators believe is responsible for the country’s political and economic turmoil. December saw the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and

Arab Spring Reborn: The return of protest movements amidst new regional conflicts

This statement was originally published on on 2 January 2020. With the uprisings and forces of democratization and political reform either smothered or preemptively stricken over the last several years, the Arab region is now experiencing renewed hope. The values of the Arab Spring have been evoked by protest movements throughout the region, in

India protests, internet shutdowns, Ampatuan verdict, and Hong Kong’s “White Christmas”

Citizenship law protests in India The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act in India has sparked massive protests across the country. The law grants citizenship rights to non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is criticized for its prejudice against Muslims. Human Rights Watch warned that “the Indian government is creating legal grounds to