Trending rights tweets this week: Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should immediately stop using cluster munitions, destroy their stockpile, and join the Convention on Cluster Munitions; Poland’s restrictive abortion laws; Saudi Arabia prepares to host a women’s empowerment conference as it jails women’s rights activists; and HRW deploys it’s crisis team to Pennsylvania in the US.
Azerbaijan: Cluster Munitions Used in Nagorno-Karabakh https://t.co/MbCymxA2XF
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) October 23, 2020
— louis charbonneau (@loucharbon) October 30, 2020
In flagrant disregard for civilian life & international law #Armenia either fired or supplied #Karabakh forces banned cluster munitions used in an attack on Barda, #Azerbaijan, reportedly killing 21 civilians, says @hrw https://t.co/aQvSwlxiz7 Clusters should never be used! pic.twitter.com/LlPxBFByaW
— Giorgi Gogia (@Giorgi_Gogia) October 30, 2020
Chinese officials will never acknowledge the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. “Asking for truth from Chinese officials is laughable. You cannot get any truth from well-trained professional liars, whose function is to lie.”–Ai Weiwei. @AiWW https://t.co/f2Uj5sM55d pic.twitter.com/CzTkLj0YyY
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 25, 2020
Driven by religious fundamentalism, Poland's ruling party:
– restricts women's rights;
– says LGBT people aren't human;
– wrecks judicial independence;
– undermines media freedom;
– assaults protesters.
Are they trying to turn Poland into the Saudi Arabia of Europe?
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) October 26, 2020
#Cameroon: the killing of at least 6 children at a school in #Kumba is the latest in a series of shocking attacks against students & education in Anglophone regions. Since 3 years, children have been denied their fundamental right to education & borne the brunt of the suffering. pic.twitter.com/fSfl2MDBVT
— ilaria allegrozzi (@ilariallegro) October 25, 2020
Indication of where we are at: Human Rights Watch’s crisis team — in past deployed to Syria, Iraq, Yemen… is now deployed in … Pennsylvania. https://t.co/MiBLVYSdp5
— John Sifton (@johnsifton) October 29, 2020
Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul starts a hunger strike in her prison cell while the Saudi crown prince, who couldn't accept her demand for women's rights, prepares to host (with a straight face?) a conference on women's empowerment. https://t.co/kkKIoUstRv pic.twitter.com/mkDAKKAGDY
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 27, 2020
ALERT: Journalists detained in Angola.
3 journalists namely Suely de Melo, Carlos Tomé and Santos Samusseca (pictured) are in police custody, 24 hrs after they were detained by the Angolan Police for covering an anti-government protest. @hrw @CPJAfrica pic.twitter.com/6EZORClxpT
— Zenaida Machado (@zenaidamz) October 25, 2020
— Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) October 27, 2020
Security forces in #Conakry #Guinea have killed at least 8 people, including 3 children, during post-election protests. Scores of others injured. As official results are announced today, internet & phone communications are blocked across much of the country. @hrw @ilariallegro 1/ pic.twitter.com/sTOl1lkd0i
— Ida Sawyer (@ida_sawyer) October 24, 2020
Nusrat was 13 when forced to marry her 1/2 brother. He beat her often. When she escaped to Dhaka in 2016, he found her, threw acid in her face, and stabbed her 5x. 4 yrs on, she awaits justice. New @hrw report shows #Bangladesh justice system failed her: https://t.co/8ESGkngSR9 pic.twitter.com/w7tpuH3cFM
— Zama Neff (@ZamaHRW) October 29, 2020