Tag: Human Rights Watch

Putin In Syria: New Report Details Systematic Torture And Execution In Damascus

December 17, 2015

A new report released by Human Rights Watch details a system of barbaric torture and execution of political detainees in Damascus. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here. Human Rights Watch Confirms Thousands Have Died Under Torture At The Hands Of Assad 2015-12-17 22:42:25 There is now an overwhelming […]

Russia Update: Civic Assistance, Veteran Refugee and Migrant Rights Group, Registered as ‘Foreign Agent’

April 21, 2015

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Civic Assistance, a group that helps refugees and migrants, has been declared a “foreign agent,” says leader Svetlana Gannushkina. It’s the 55th group to be saddled […]

Gorbachev’s ‘Greatest Mistake’ – Black January In Baku 25 Years Ago Today

January 19, 2015

Staunton, January 19 – Twenty-five years ago today, on Mikhail Gorbachev’s order, Soviet troops invaded the Azerbaijani capital of Baku by land, sea and air, killing hundreds and enflaming ethnic hatreds, in an action the Soviet president five years after the events acknowledged was “the greatest mistake” of his political career. That event, known to […]

Occupation Officials In Full Denial About Human Rights Watch Report On Abuses In Crimea

November 20, 2014

Staunton, November 20 – Human Rights Watch has released an eight-page report on “Rights in Retreat” in Crimea since the Anschluss, and the occupation authorities have gone into full-denial mode in response, dismissing the report as lacking “objective confirmation” and containing only “empty talk.” In an interview with Moscow’s Gazeta yesterday, Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 247: Ukraine Claims That It Has Evidence Of Use Of Russian Cluster Munitions

October 22, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For […]

Russia This Week: 26,000 Protest War in Ukraine at Moscow Peace March (September 15-21)

September 21, 2014

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: – Further Peace March Arrests: 7 in St. Petersburg; 2 in Yekaterinburg; 2 in Barnaul – Peace March of 26,000 in Moscow Finishes Without Incident; A Few Arrests Reported – At Least 10,000 in Peace March in Moscow – AP – 5,000 March in St. Petersburg Despite Ban – ‘If […]

Russia Calls for an Olympic Ceasefire

October 4, 2013

In September Russia supported a UN initiative “promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal.” The measure granted no new rights, but was simply pledging to initiative a “review” of current policies. Below, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations praises the efforts, but the initiative was received with skepticism immediately upon its release. Human […]

Third Tier Slaves

June 21, 2013

The State Department has placed Russia in the same rank as North Korea and Iran regarding the level of counteraction to the slave trade.  The US State Department included Russia in the list of countries failing to meet “the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking,” along with Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Eritrea. The […]