- 1. Russia's Court Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on April 20, 2017 that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization should be closed down and no longer allowed to operate legally in Russia. The ruling affected more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witness worshippers across the country.
- 2. Spanish Police Used Excessive Force in Catalonia
“They grabbed me by the wrists, lifted me and pushed me, and then they threw me into the yard in front of the church, and I landed on the poor woman who was already there. Then I got pushed down the stairs and felt the kicks and punches coming in."
- 3. Discrimination Against LGBT Youth in US Schools
Human Rights Watch explored the many forms that anti-LGBT bullying takes, including physical violence, sexual assault, verbal harassment, cyberbullying, and exclusion. In many instances, teachers did not intervene, and in some cases educators participated in the harassment.
- 4. Indian Women Have Right to Live Without Fearing Sexual Assault
On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of rape in the brutal 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi that garnered outrage both in India and abroad. But comprehensive change beyond this one notorious case is urgently needed.
- 5. Bodies of Two UN Experts Found
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, confirmed on March 28, 2017, that the bodies of Zaida Catalán, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, an American, were found by UN peacekeepers near Bunkonde in Kasai Central province on March 27.
- 6. Satellite Images from Burma Show Massive Fire Destruction
Imagery from the Rohingya Muslim village of Chein Khar Li in Rathedaung township showed 700 buildings burned, a near total destruction of the village. An ethnic cleansing campaign in Burma has driven over 640,000 Rohingya Muslims from their homes.
- 7. ‘Gay Porn’ Arrests in Indonesia
An Indonesian police raid in Surabaya, Indonesia, on April 30, 2017 targeted gay men. The police ordered 14 men to undergo HIV tests and arrested eight of those men on charges of violating the country’s draconian and discriminatory anti-pornography law. It was a threat to the country's already beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community
- 8. Trump’s Gag Rule Puts Women’s Health and Lives at Risk Globally
Two days after some 5 million people around the globe marched demanding respect for women’s rights in January, President Donald Trump reinstated the “Global Gag Rule,” a destructive policy that threatens women’s lives around the world.
- 9. The Killing Squads: Inside the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’
President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs has, to date, left more than 12,000 dead across the Philippines. In march, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director, Peter Bouckaert, described his trips to the capital, Manila, to document this unprecedented mass wave of killings. Read how HRW was able to track the police killing squads.
- 10. Burma's Security Forces Raped Rohingya Women, Girls
“These horrific attacks on Rohingya women and girls by security forces add a new and brutal chapter to the Burmese military’s long and sickening history of sexual violence against women."