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May 18 20 tweets 6 min read
NEW: In 17 villages & small towns in #Ukraine that had been under Russia occupation, Human Rights Watch found:

⚠️ 31 summary executions & other unlawful killings;

⚠️ 6 enforced disappearances;

⚠️ 7 cases of torture;

⚠️ 21 cases of unlawful confinement.

By Russian forces In one of the newly documented killings, in the Kyiv region, Anastasia Andriivna said that she was at home on March 19 when soldiers detained her son, Ihor Savran, 45, after they found his old military coat.
May 16 9 tweets 3 min read
Student Deborah Samuel was gruesomely murdered in #Nigeria’s northwest Sokoto state last week after she was accused of blasphemy (that is, exercising her right to free speech).

Efforts by authorities to identify & arrest those involved in her murder have been met with protests. Image According to media reports, unidentified assailants hunted down and killed Samuel after she sent a WhatsApp voice note to her classmates that some of them deemed to be insulting to the Prophet Muhammed.
May 16 5 tweets 2 min read
Human Rights Watch задокументировала неоднократное применение российскими военными кассетных боеприпасов при обстреле Чернигова, Харькова, Николаева и Угледара, в результате чего погибли сотни мирных жителей и было повреждено множество жилых домов, больниц и школ. 🧵 Image Кассетные боеприпасы – оружие неизбирательного действия с большим радиусом поражения. Оно срабатывает в воздухе, разбрасывая на обширной территории размером с городской квартал множество «суббоеприпасов», то есть мелких бомб.
May 3 12 tweets 3 min read
#Russia-linked forces in the Central African Republic have committed grave abuses against civilians, including:

⚠️ beatings;

⚠️ torture;

⚠️ summary executions.… UN experts have found evidence that the forces linked to Russia operating in CAR include a significant number of members of the Wagner Group, a Russian private military security contractor with apparent links to the Russian government.…
May 2 6 tweets 2 min read
Russia’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while defending Russia’s latest invasion of #Ukraine, lied about Hitler having “Jewish blood” & said “The greatest antisemites are precisely the Jews.”


Israel has demanded an apology:… Israel's Foreign Minister:

May 2 9 tweets 2 min read
Last week was a disaster for human rights in the UK, as the government pushed through parliament four separate pieces of legislation that will do real harm to people’s rights.… The Nationality & Borders Bill effectively dismantles the UK’s asylum & refugee law regime, criminalizes asylum seekers, sets up a fundamentally discriminatory structure, and lays the legal groundwork for pushbacks & offshore refugee processing.
May 2 6 tweets 3 min read
Russian forces have fired on civilian vehicles in 3 separate incidents in #Ukraine’s Kyiv & Chernihiv regions, killing 6 civilians and wounding 3.

In one case, they pulled a man from a van & summarily executed him.

New research from Human Rights Watch:… “Russian soldiers at checkpoints opened fire on passing vehicles without any apparent effort to verify whether the occupants were civilians.” - @belkiswille
Apr 3 18 tweets 6 min read
Deranged, deliberate cruelty and violence against #Ukraine civilians by Russian forces.

New Human Rights Watch report documents:

➡️ rape,

➡️ murder,

➡️ other atrocities.

In #Bucha and elsewhere.

These should be investigated as war crimes.… On 4 March, Russian forces in #Bucha rounded up five men and summarily executed one of them.

A witness told @HRW that soldiers forced the five men to kneel on the side of the road, pulled their T-shirts over their heads, and shot one of the men in the back of the head.
Apr 2 7 tweets 1 min read
Getting attacked on Twitter right now by:

a) people defending Poland’s government for blocking humanitarian aid & arresting aid workers;

b) people defending India’s government for intimidating a journalist.

Both governments increasingly authoritarian in recent years. It’s always a bit troubling to see people so vehemently defending the human rights abuses of their governments.
Apr 1 16 tweets 3 min read
Volunteers on #Poland's eastern border are trying to help desperate people fleeing war & oppression.

Polish police are treating these volunteers as criminals for providing aid.

🧵 On 22 March, Polish police arrested four volunteers for helping a family with seven children.

A prosecutor charged the volunteers with organizing illegal immigration - a crime punishable by up to eight years in prison.
Apr 1 8 tweets 2 min read

As you know, @hrw produces a "Daily Brief"…

We're about to improve it & one new feature is more reader input.

I'm thinking of setting up a Discord for a running chat about the content with 50-100 interested readers.

What do you think? The idea would be to have the Discord group make suggestions for topics and interview subjects in the "Daily Brief", and tell us what you liked and didn't like in past editions and what you want to see more of in future editions.
Apr 1 6 tweets 3 min read
Next week, I'll be at @journalismfest #IJF22. Wanted to see ⁦@RanaAyyub⁩ talk on intimidation of journalists in India…

…but India's government - apparently keen to help her prove her point - is preventing her from leaving the country.

#LetRanaFly More on the case in this thread:
Mar 31 8 tweets 2 min read
Punish the Taliban, not their victims. 1⃣ Don’t treat Taliban officials as leaders in good global standing:

Governments should advocate to end exemptions to the travel ban restricting some senior Taliban leaders.
Mar 31 11 tweets 3 min read
In #Mariupol, #Ukraine, local authorities have said that Russia has forcibly evacuated 20,000-30,000 residents to non-government-controlled areas and to Russia.

If true, it could be another war crime: forcible transfers are prohibited under the “laws of war”.

🧵... Let’s first understand what “forcible” means. It’s not just the obvious thing of being marched out at gunpoint…
Mar 30 7 tweets 2 min read
Russian forces in #Ukraine have used banned antipersonnel mines in the eastern Kharkiv region.

Verified by Human Rights Watch:… The mine used by Russia is a newly developed type called POM-3, also known as “Medallion,” that is equipped with a seismic sensor to detect an approaching person and eject an explosive charge into the air.
Mar 29 5 tweets 2 min read
When I first worked on the horrific atrocities being committed in Darfur almost 20 years ago, many people told me that seeking international justice was a fool's game.

"It'll never happen", they said.

Well, it's happening.

Finally.… Image “Kosheib’s trial is a long-awaited chance for victims and communities terrorized by the notorious Janjaweed militia and government forces in Darfur to see a leader held to account” - @EliseKeppler
Mar 29 5 tweets 2 min read
“If this turns out to be real, this is absolutely unacceptable behaviour. ...abuse of prisoners is a war crime that has no amnesty ... no statute of limitations.” - Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to #Ukraine president Zelenskiy.

Investigation announced.… This is the right thing for any government to do: if allegations of war crimes emerge, at once investigate the incident and remind your forces of the laws of war.
Mar 16 5 tweets 1 min read
Raise your hand if you know why the Danish Immigration Service is welcoming Ukrainian refugees while at the same time trying to send Syrian refugees back to danger...

✋🏻 ✋🏽… Syrians continue to face danger and a devastated country, thanks in part to the same Russian forces now responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.
Mar 16 26 tweets 8 min read
A thread on #Russia & #Ukraine, and the human rights responsibilities of social media and messaging apps...

First question: What are the human rights responsibilities of companies that provide social media and messaging services? Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights and remedy abuses under the UN's "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights".…
Mar 15 7 tweets 4 min read
More proof that Russia is not simply the will of one man whose military forces are committing atrocities in #Ukraine...… Such action shows true bravery, but Marina Ovsyannikova is not alone.

Tens of thousands of Russian people have been protesting the invasion of Ukraine in dozens of cities across Russia.

It's particularly notable because these people know full well the possible consequences.
Mar 15 6 tweets 2 min read
Given a number of videos circulating alleging to show Russian occupying forces in #Ukraine stealing from private houses and shops, here's a quick thread on the crime of PILLAGE (also called "plunder"). Pillaging is prohibited under international humanitarian law - the "laws of war" - and is a crime prosecutable by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is essentially the crime of theft of private property committed by occupying or enemy forces in wartime.