Monthly Archives: August 2021

Malaysia: New prime minister needs new rights agenda

This statement was originally published on on 31 August 2021. Malaysia’s new prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, should commit to respect the rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, which have long been suppressed in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Malaysia’s king appointed Ismail prime minister on August 20, 2021, four days after Prime

Cambodia urged to implement reforms before establishing a National Human Rights Institution

This statement was originally published on on 24 August 2021. In light of the ever-worsening human rights situation in Cambodia, we, the undersigned civil society organizations, trade unions, associations and communities, are deeply concerned about the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”)’s recent move towards the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (“NHRI”). While

Protecting journalists in Afghanistan, #Lawan protest in Malaysia, and shrinking civic space in Hong Kong

Groups called for the protection of journalists and citizens at risk in Afghanistan, participants of #Lawan protests were summoned by the police in Malaysia, threats forced Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union and pro-democracy coalition to disband, regulations against disinformation were introduced in Thailand and South Korea, and women journalists Rozina Islam, Maria Ressa, and Cheng

Enforced disappearances persist in MENA amidst unaddressed impunity

This statement was originally published on on 30 August 2021. Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we the 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa

August: An unhappy anniversary and 38,581 insults

August saw the Belarusian Supreme Court liquidate Belarus’s two most prominent free expression organisations and the Russian authorities deploy ‘foreign agent’ designations to stifle dissent ahead of September’s elections. The month also saw Turkish lawmakers move to exert greater control over social media, Kyrgyzstan adopt a ‘false information’ law, and businessman Yorgen Fenech indicted for

Kyrgyzstan: Recently-adopted ‘false information’ law threatens free speech

This statement was originally published on on 3 August 2021. Kyrgyzstan’s President Sadyr Japarov should veto the new law on “false information” when it reaches him for signature, Human Rights Watch said today. The law authorizes the government to block certain types of information without a court order, in violation of the right to freedom

Leaked surveillance videos reveal pattern of abuse in Iran’s prisons

This statement was originally published on on 26 August 2021. By Tara Sepehri Far, Iran Researcher This week, apparently hacked videos of surveillance cameras in Iran’s Evin prison, in the capital Tehran, have confirmed many of the patterns of abusive treatment and violations of due process human rights groups have documented for decades. These videos appear to be from

IFEX stands with Belarusian Association of Journalists following court-ordered dissolution, calls on global community to support Belarusian rights defenders

IFEX, the global network of over 100 organisations dedicated to promoting and defending the right to freedom of expression and information, is expressing its solidarity with its member the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), following today’s politically-motivated decision by the Belarus Supreme Court to liquidate the organisation. Amidst the Belarus regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil