Fleeing Zimbabwe but deported by Zambia; a show trial in Russia's Chechnya; police beating caught on video in Papua New Guinea; Argentina's Senate refuses to respect women's rights; South Sudan detains peace activist; Trump’s health care rules are a prescription for disaster; and the UN taps a new human rights chief.
In a tiny courtroom in Shali, a 40-minute drive from Chechnya’s capital, HRW's Tanya Lokshina watched a hearing in the show trial of human rights defender Oyub Titiev, just as another hearing was about to start in Moscow. It was for two of Oyub’s colleagues from Memorial, a leading Russian rights group, on trial for peacefully supporting their jailed colleague.
Papua New Guinean authorities should promptly conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the beating of a boy by police in Kimbe, West New Britain, that was captured on video and shared on social media.
Unfortunately, Argentina's Senate has voted down a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, missing a critical opportunity to respect the fundamental rights of women and girls.
The South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) should immediately and unconditionally release peace activist and academic Peter Biar Ajak or take him to court and charge him with a recognizable crime.
Chile's former president, Michelle Bachelet, has been tapped to be the UN's next human rights chief.