Trending human rights tweets this week: Europe’s Guantanamo; Azerbaijan mistreats Aremenian POWs; dangerous escalation in Hong Kong; and HRW’s call for the US to halt weapons sales to the UAE.
Europe's Guantanamo: At least 640 children from UK/EU are detained in camps in NE Syria for alleged ISIS links, half under age 5. New report from @rightssecurity documents barbaric conditions and responsibility of European states to bring them home. https://t.co/NXQLIWXTmK pic.twitter.com/3Mz5WkvsyF
— Jo Becker (@jobeckerhrw) December 1, 2020
#Azerbaijan: Armenian Prisoners of War Badly Mistreated https://t.co/wAWMqnpRTm pic.twitter.com/RoB84wqOik
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) December 2, 2020
Thread on new report on ill-treatment & abuse of Armenian POWs:
1/ @hrw documented inhumane treatment of ethnic Armenian military troops captured by #Azerbaijan forces during #Karabakh conflict: https://t.co/HSw5W5NBkh pic.twitter.com/EmP94G2oRd
— Giorgi Gogia (@Giorgi_Gogia) December 2, 2020
Top 5 ineffective arguments against evidence-based reports of human rights abuses:
1) "Wasn't us."
2) "That other country is worse."
3) "Why not talk about good things we do?"
4) "You're part of a conspiracy against us."
5) "It's not an abuse; it's our tradition."
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) November 27, 2020
The Israeli government is responsible for all people under its control. Why did it plan for "only the number of vaccine doses needed to immunize 9M Israeli citizens," not the 5M Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank and Gaza? https://t.co/SCkDFcaODZ
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 2, 2020
A dangerous escalation as Hong Kong authorities impose prison terms on young pro-democracy leaders for their role in protests. https://t.co/ewSdTLlFTG pic.twitter.com/cVdObgw9Tk
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 2, 2020
This is really concerning. The ADF's response to the Afghan war crimes inquiry should not subject to political interference. General Campbell is one of very few people who had read the full unredacted version of the report & he was clear that he thinks the Unit Citation should go https://t.co/43GL7iqtFU
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) November 30, 2020
The French government’s decree dissolving CCIF, an anti-discrimination group, is a misguided move that threatens rights, and sits against a backdrop of a broader securitarian drift that endangers liberties https://t.co/MykTxHHBJh – latest from @hrw pic.twitter.com/u8vyToR5y1
— Kartik Raj (@Kartik__Raj) December 4, 2020
December 3 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Join us + some friends and partners for a special Instagram Live at 2pm EST as we discuss disability rights and the global movement to #BreakTheChains.
Follow @humanrightswatch on Instagram to tune in! pic.twitter.com/Mfeo2PTo0M
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) December 3, 2020
We don't often call for an arms embargo, but given the #UAE 's unlawful airstrikes in #Yemen and #Libya & direct support for abusive forces in both countries, the time has come. Congress should halt the proposed US sales and other countries shld take heed: https://t.co/4F8rVTj0iK
— Andrea Prasow (@andreaprasow) December 1, 2020
Human Rights Rankings for 15 Top Jewelers and Watchmakers https://t.co/JIp2lX8cle pic.twitter.com/V0nZHkHMRs
— Juliane Kippenberg (@KippenbergJ) November 30, 2020
UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances issued its findings on #Iraq yesterday. Found that a pattern of enforced disappearance persists as do secret prisons, and impunity and re-victimization prevail https://t.co/CHdmO3mxc4 pic.twitter.com/Pf460JopuV
— Belkis Wille (@belkiswille) November 30, 2020
Sweeping Israeli restrictions rob ppl w disabilities in Gaza of free movement & access to assistive devices/electricity they rely on, while stigma, lack of accessibility & Hamas neglect block them from participating fully in the community. New @hrw report https://t.co/K9h1PKUv4a pic.twitter.com/sO9n5fgjF9
— Omar Shakir (@OmarSShakir) December 3, 2020
"Electricity comes on for about six hours a day…Without electricity, I have no legs." New @hrw research on the impact of Israeli power cuts on people with disabilities in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/yhSXMkyIYP
— Heather Barr (@heatherbarr1) December 3, 2020