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Human Rights Now is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, Japan. Our members comprise over 700 individuals and organizations, including lawyers, scholars, journalists, law firms, former UN official, retired Japanese Supreme Court Justices, and activists. Human Rights Now works for the promotion and protection of human rights for people in the world, with a special focus on Asia.

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HRN’s Work on Myanmar following the Military Coup

The February coup in Myanmar has ended democracy in the country and has led to rampant human rights violations by the military against the Myanmar people, including hundreds of killings of civilians. HRN is working with our Myanmar partners to build pressure against the military regime in Myanmar in the international community, as well as to see that the Japanese government and businesses withdraw their support for the military. Click the link below to see our statements and work on Myanmar.


Crackdowns in Hong Kong

HRN is deeply concerned about recent changes in Hong Kong including reforms to its electoral system to reject and marginalize pro-democracy candidates, the national security law which criminalizes free expression and assembly, and crackdowns against politicians, journalists, and activists. These changes all but end the protection of civil and political rights in Hong Kong and threaten further human rights abuses against the population. Read our statements and about our recent work on Hong Kong from the link below.


Protecting Human Rights in the Time of Coronavirus

One negative effect of the crisis posed by Covid-19 has been its impact on human rights, from people losing their jobs and housing after becoming economically vulnerable to the threats against people's health, increasing domestic violence against women, inequality in access to educational resources for children, and other issues. You can see more our work on Covid-19 from the link below.


Video: Statement by Shibuya Zarny on the Military Coup in Myanmar

Video: Statement by Shibuya Zarny on the Military Coup in Myanmar

The fashion designer Shibuya Zarny has made a statement about the military coup in Myanmar to the United Nations in partnership with HRN. You can watch the video by clicking on the image above.

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