Arbitrary arrests

GENEVA | UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan

GENEVA  — The U.N. human rights chief says Bangladesh’s government should halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, saying such a move would endanger their lives. Michelle Bachelet’s comments are among the strongest yet from a top U.N. official about the planned repatriation this week of some Rohingya to Myanmar. More … Continue reading GENEVA | UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan

MEXICO CITY | Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, by gangs today

MEXICO CITY— When soldiers massacred as many as 300 people at a student protest in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco plaza on Oct. 2, 1968, the killers wore uniforms. Today, students in Mexico say they are still under attack, but now from thugs, drug cartels, paramilitaries or rapists. Today’s student activists — and even the graying veterans … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, by gangs today

RABAT, Morocco | Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

RABAT, Morocco — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights. An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar’s arrest Friday in Rabat, demanding her release. Lachgar’s group Alternative … Continue reading RABAT, Morocco | Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with masked and armed men dressed … Continue reading MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua