Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…

Mauritania lifts death sentence, releases anti-slavery blogger

Mauritanian blogger Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is now free, after an appeals court reviewed and overturned a death sentence imposed for publishing a 2014 article that challenged the use of religion to support social injustice. Mkhaitir was arrested almost four years ago after sharing his critical views on the way Islam…

HRW says Rwanda rights report fabricated facts, misrepresented their own

The Human Rights Watch organization strongly refutes Rwanda’s claim that it falsified an HRW report on government repression, and says the countering allegations in Rwanda’s own report are “largely fabricated” and misrepresented the NGO’s work. “The allegations by the National Commission for Human Rights show that Rwandan authorities are unwilling…

HRW appeals for action as Rwanda cracks down on dissent

Rwanda has been arresting and threatening political opponents since President Paul Kagame was re-elected in August, in a repressive response detailed on Friday by the Human Rights Watch organization. “The Rwandan government’s crackdown shows that it is unwilling to tolerate criticism or accept a role for opposition parties, and it…

Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Egypt has blocked access to its website from inside the country after the global organization released a report documenting the government’s use of torture. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human…