Human Rights Watch experts track wars, poverty and abuses all over the globe. Their reports, however, don't always show the human face behind the analysis. That’s what Human Rights Watch exposes when it hosts its annual film festivals in major cities like New York and London.
Though both nations are global powers with growing economies and massive populations, India and China seem to garner different reactions on human rights. While China’s record is widely criticized, India’s faces less scrutiny.A closer look at India’s record, however, reveals room for criticism.
Bede Sheppard is a senior researcher for Asia in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. He specializes in attacks on schools and teachers; the occupation of schools by security forces; and child domestic workers.
Scores of villagers have died in recent fighting in southern Sudan despite the presence of 10,000 U.N. troops mandated with protecting civilians. Now, internal documents say U.N. officials have ordered peacekeepers not to operate in areas where civilians may be at risk.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad maintains that Iran is a free country and doesn’t hold political prisoners. Omid Memarian strongly disagrees. The Iranian journalist was an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience six years ago.
Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese university professor and outspoken critic of the Chinese government, was imprisoned in 2009 on subversion charges for his involvement with a political manifesto calling for gradual political reforms in China.