Jonathan Pedneault, Human Rights Watch

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Past articles by Jonathan:

A Sick Baby Clings to Life in a Ukraine Basement

Between the ambulance ride to a hospital in southern Ukraine just over a week ago, to the many sleepless nights worrying about her daughter, Oksana has seen little of the Russian soldiers who took control of their city in recent days. But she has very much felt the impact of the war. → Read More

Lessons for French Forces in Mali

The facts surrounding the January 3 French airstrike near Bounti, in central Mali, which villagers claim killed 19 civilians at a wedding, remain disputed. The French government continues to oppose carrying out an investigation into the attack, saying its forces committed no errors. → Read More

Bring Highland Killers in Papua New Guinea to Justice

In Papua New Guinea’s highlands, land and family disputes have long turned into deadly feuds between men. But increasingly, women and children are targeted. → Read More

Niger’s Fragile Democracy at Risk After Election

This was meant to be Niger’s first peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960. But contested results and disruptions to internet access now threaten this process. → Read More

US States Take Aim at Protesters’ Rights

Peaceful protests are protected by the US Constitution’s First Amendment as well as international human rights law. But a legislative assault aimed at eroding these protections is underway in several state legislatures. → Read More

Important Test as Pennsylvania Deploys National Guard

As the police killing this week of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man with a mental health condition, by two white police officers mobilizes people across Philadelphia, city and state authorities should publicly disclose the existing rules on the use of force by law enforcement. → Read More

In Belarus crackdown, bitter humour to stem the pain

The brutal response to widespread post-electoral protests in Belarus has brought one tragic account after another of violence by security forces and torture in detention. But some Belarusians have been turning to dark humour on Google Reviews to describe a certain facility on Okrestina street, outside of the capital Minsk. Some are rather positive: → Read More

Afghanistan’s Silent Mental Health Crisis

He carried his sister’s limp body over the mountain to escape the fighting. Bullets flew around them and her blood stained his clothes. “There was no chance of taking her to the hospital, we had to care for the others,” Mirwais told me as we sat in a tent ripped half open by the wind and dust that battered the displaced people’s camp where he lives east of Herat, Afghanistan’s → Read More

A Peaceful Demonstration Turns Ugly at US Border

The day started peacefully. Hundreds of Central American men, women, and children walked with banners and baby strollers from the Benito Juarez stadium to the El Chaparral port of entry, on the US-Mexico border. They marched to ask for asylum and thank the Mexican authorities for their support. But by day’s end, the fortified Tijuana-San Diego border crossing was temporarily → Read More

Free Cameroon’s Kidnapped School Children

Just before dawn on Monday, November 5, unknown gunmen abducted around 79 school children from dormitories at Presbyterian Secondary School Nkwen in Bamenda, a town in Cameroon’s Anglophone North-West region. This horrific kidnapping is the latest escalation in the country’s spiraling violence. → Read More

Time is Ripe for a UN Arms Embargo on South Sudan

Today, the United States government decided to impose a unilateral arms embargo over South Sudan. The gesture is long overdue – the European Union has had its own arms embargo over the country since 2011 – and largely symbolic since the US does not sell arms to South Sudan. But it sends a strong signal that abuses and broken promises will not be tolerated. → Read More

Starving Under the Bullets in South Sudan

The sun has yet to rise when the soldiers arrive. The gunshots wake up everyone. Families scramble to get out of their houses in time. Children, mothers and elderly people run to safety as plumes of smoke rise from the village. → Read More