Plus: Crackdown on Crimean activists deepens; ISIS suspects on trial in Iraq allege torture; Indonesia should investigate deadly protest violence; pro-Egyptian media launch smear campaign against HRW following report on Sinai
As we get set to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Human Rights Watch calls on the Chinese government to take responsibility for the deaths of the untold number of pro-democracy demonstrators and cease all harassment of activists and families of victims for commemorating the occasion.
Russian counter-extremism police detained two women leaders of Crimea Solidarity, an independent group that speaks out for people arrested for opposing Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula. It’s the latest step taken by authorities to try to silence the group.
Two French citizens tried in recent days in Iraq for links to ISIS have alleged that they were tortured or coerced to confess.
The Indonesian government should immediately launch an investigation into the Jakarta violence on last week where more than 700 protesters were wounded and 8 killed.
Numerous pro-government Egyptian media outlets and commentators have instigated a smear campaign against Human Rights Watch including directly threatening HRW staff with serious physical harm, in the wake of the release of our report into serious abuses, including war crimes, Egyptian government forces and ISIS-affiliated militants have carried out in North Sinai.
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously found that Azerbaijan had failed to comply with the 2014 binding ruling that there was no basis for the detention of Ilgar Mammadov, a prominent political analyst and one of Azerbaijan’s few alternative political voices. It was the first-ever judgement under the relatively new infringement procedure, which authorizes the European Court to determine whether a country has refused to carry out the court’s final judgment.