Air strike by Saudi-led coalition kills kids in Yemen; great LGBT news from Costa Rica; new low in island paradise Maldives; authorities in Iran harass family of activists; it's never too late for justice in Turkmenistan; nightmare for prisoners in Australia; amnesty for war crimes in South Sudan is a bad idea; and children should be allowed to be with their mother.
Great news from Costa Rica, where the Supreme Court has ruled that the country's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Authorities in Iran should immediately stop harassing and threatening families of activists and journalists to silence dissent and criticism, three rights organizations said today.
The UN Human Rights Committee has found the government of Turkmenistan responsible for the torture and death of a human rights activist, the Prove They are Alive Campaign! said today. Olgusapar Muradova died in state custody in 2006, after her arrest and trial on politically motivated charges. HRW is a member of the campaign.
More than 35 years after the UN first instituted an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to be left behind. The situation of indigenous prisoners in the country resembles a nightmare.
Leaders in South Sudan should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The authorities in Tajikistan have prevented 10-year-old Fatima Davlyatova, daughter of peaceful political activist Shabnam Khudoydodova, from leaving to Europe to reunite with her mother. “The cruelty Tajik authorities have shown against this 10-year-old girl and her relatives simply for her mother’s peaceful criticism of the government is shocking,” says HRW's Hugh Williamson.