Human Rights Watch (235)

Egypt: Sinai Attack Inflicts Horrendous Civilian Toll

– The horrific attack by armed militants on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region during Friday prayers is a grim reminder of the dangers facing Sinai residents today, Human Rights Watch said. Expand The exterior of Al Rawdah mosque is seen in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt in this still taken from video ...

Not the Time to Look Away on Burundi 

For the past month, Burundi's ambassador to the United Nations, Albert Shingiro, has publicly threatened to bring to justice' members of a UN Commission of Inquiry investigating abuses in the country, suggesting they could be prosecuted for defamation and attempted destabilization' of ...

Saudi Arabia: New Counterterrorism Law Enables Abuse

Expand Saudi King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend a graduation ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.    © 2017 Reuters – Saudi Arabia's new counterterrorism law includes vague and overly broad definitions of acts of terrorism, in some cases punishable by ...

China: France Should Spotlight Rights Crisis

Expand French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a bilateral meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. © 2017 Reuters – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian should publicly urge respect for human rights in meetings with China's new leadership, Human Rights ...

EU: Press Azerbaijan on Rights at Summit

Expand Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev arrives for a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on February 6, 2017.  © 2017 REUTERS/Francois Lenoir – Leaders of European Union member states should press visiting ...

Zimbabwe: Protect Detainees' Rights

Expand Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15,2017 © Reuters – Zimbabwe authorities should uphold the rights of everyone detained following the military takeover of the government on November 15, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should ...

Philippines' Duterte Signals Resumption of Murderous 'Drug War'

Expand Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the opening session of the ASEAN and European Union summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, metro Manila, Philippines on November 14, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Brace for more bloodshed. That's the key takeaway from ...

Tanzania is Not 'Doing Well' on Violence in Schools

This week, I came across a message that baffled me: Tanzania's most senior United Nations official stated that, Tanzania is among the countries doing well in combating violence against women and children.' On paper, this may be true. In practice, though, Tanzania is not doing well. The government ...

Moscow Police Fail to Effectively Investigate Brutal Attack on LGBT Activists

Expand Zoya Matisova © 2017 Emil Baran On the evening of November 11, four burly young men wearing hoods brutally attacked two lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights activists – Zoya Matisova, 42, and Nadezhda Aronchik, 23. Both were taking part in an inclusive family conference in ...

Moscow Police Fail to Effectively Investigate Brutal Attack on LGBT Activists

Expand Zoya Matisova © 2017 Emil Baran On the evening of November 11, four burly young men wearing hoods brutally attacked two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists - Zoya Matisova, 42, and Nadezhda Aronchik, 23. Both were taking part in an inclusive family conference in Moscow.  ...

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Expand Migrants and asylum seekers gathering around a fire, inside the Moria hotspot on Lesbos island, Greece. Thousands are living under terrible conditions, in overcrowded tents and containers, as the weather worsens.  © 2017 Giorgos Moutafis – The Greek government, with the support of EU ...

ICTY/Bosnia: Life Sentence for Ratko Mladic

Expand Mejra Dzogaz cries near the graves of her family members at the Memorial Center in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6 km north-west of Srebrenica, on April 7, 2014. Dzogaz lost her three sons, husband and father in the Srebrenica massacre. © 2014 Reuters – The conviction of Ratko Mladic, ...

Indonesia: No End to Abusive 'Virginity Tests'

Expand Members of the Indonesian Air Force parade during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force at Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 9, 2016. © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters – Indonesian President Joko Jokowi' Widodo should order Indonesia's police chief and ...

Time for FIFA to Act on Human Rights

Expand The Volgograd Arena, a 2018 World Cup venue in Volgograd, Russia, under construction in April 2017.  © 2017 Semyon Simonov for Human Rights Watch We have seen an avalanche of documents addressing human rights this year from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the ...

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Expand An asylum seeker is seen inside his tent at a makeshift camp on the Greek island of Samos, Greece.  © 2017 REUTERS/Costas Baltas – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece's containment policy,' 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The ...

Syria: In Talks, Focus on Protecting Civilians

Expand The Atarib public market after the strike on November 13, 2017.  © 2017 Private – Russia, Turkey, and Iran should make protecting civilians a priority when they meet in Sochi, Russia on November 22, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent airstrikes by the Russian-Syrian joint ...

Turkmenistan: Activists Threatened

Expand Turkmenistan's capital city Ashgabat. © 2015 Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Two outspoken women activists were threatened and harassed in recent days in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's capital, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Partnership for Human Rights, and the Turkmen ...

Kenya: Rein in Police, Condemn New Abuses

Expand An opposition supporter gestures in front of policemen during clashes in Kawangware slum in Nairobi, Kenya October 30, 2017. © 2017 Reuters – Kenyan authorities should condemn recent violence, rein in any police abuses, and investigate scores of killings, most of them by police, during the ...

US Officials Call Out Tillerson on Child Soldiers

Expand United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S. June 21, 2017. © 2017 Reuters When US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded Iraq, Burma, and Afghanistan from the State Department's list of countries using child ...

Don't Be Fooled by North Korea's Denials on Women's Rights

Expand A woman stands before pictures of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il visiting the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters to the factory in Pyongyang, North Korea May 9, 2016. © 2016 Reuters North Korean officials ...

US Sleepwalking into Renewing Vast NSA Surveillance Law

Expand People arrive to commute to New York at the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, U.S. July 10, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Several bills that would extend the US government's ability to grab and search vast numbers of communications without a warrant – including users' data from companies such as ...

UAE/Egypt: Reveal Missing Prisoner's Whereabouts

Expand Mosaab Ahmed Abd el Aziz is an Egyptian citizen who disappeared after finishing a three-year sentence in the UAE.  © 2017 Private – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Mosaab Ahmed Abd el Aziz, an Egyptian citizen who disappeared after finishing ...

Philippines Lifts Ban on 51 Contraceptives

Expand Women listen during a family planning lecture by a Likhaan NGO health worker at a reproductive health clinic in Tondo, metro Manila, Philippines on January 12, 2016. © 2016 Janis Alano/Reuters The Philippine Food and Drug Administration has effectively lifted a supreme court order in 2015 ...

Afghanistan: ICC Prosecutor Asks to Open Inquiry

The International Criminal Court prosecutor's request for an investigation in Afghanistan on November 20, 2017, could begin a long overdue path to justice for victims of grave international crimes.  – The International Criminal Court prosecutor's request for an investigation in Afghanistan ...

New Regulations in Armenia Could Ease Suffering of Terminally Ill

Expand Gurgen G., who had a brain tumor, and his mother. Gurgen participated in a palliative care pilot project, which improved the quality of his remaining life. He died in August 2012, free from pain.  © 2012 New Media Advocacy Project As of today, thousands of cancer patients in Armenia may ...

Eliminating Violence Against Transgender Women in the US

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor those killed as a result of transphobia in the US in 2017. Expand An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility. © 2016 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch So far this year, at least 26 transgender ...

Eliminating Violence Against Transgender Women in the US

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor those killed as a result of transphobia in the US in 2017. So far this year, at least 26 transgender men and women have died from murders that appear to have been motivated by bias, from Mesha Caldwell in Canton, Mississippi to Kenne McFadden in San ...

Incendiary Weapons: New Use Shows Need for Stronger Law

Expand The aftermath of an airstrike using incendiary weapons on Khan Sheykhoun in Idlib Province, April 16 2017. © 2017 Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib   – Countries should respond to reports of new use of incendiary weapons in Syria by working to strengthen the international law governing these ...

Support for Rights Grows at Bonn Climate Talks

When it was announced that the government of Fiji would chair this year's climate talks in Bonn, Germany, expectations were high. As a small island, Fiji sees climate change as an existential threat. Expand Indigenous peoples demand their rights at climate negotiations in Marrakesh, Morocco, ...

'Shocking' Detention of Australia's Aboriginal Children

Expand A still from the Australian Broadcasting Company's program Four Corners,' showing 17-year-old Dylan Voller strapped into a mechanical restraint chair on March 2015 in the Northern Territory. © 2016 Australian Broadcasting Company The camera shows a slightly built 13-year-old boy pacing in a ...

China: Police 'Big Data' Systems Violate Privacy, Target Dissent

Expand Security cameras are seen on a building at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on March 6, 2015. © 2015 Reuters – The Chinese government should stop building big data policing platforms that aggregate and analyze massive amounts of citizens' personal ...

Cambodia: Supreme Court Dissolves Democracy

Expand 柬埔寨最高法院戒备森严,准备就是否解散最大在野党柬埔寨救国党做出裁决,金边,2017年11月16日。   © 2017 Samrang Pring/路透社 – Cambodia's government-controlled Supreme Court on November 16, 2017, dissolved the main opposition party and imposed ...

Raising Sons in a Sexist World

Expand A boy looks at a writing on the ground during a protest in support of women's rights, in New York City, U.S. on October 7, 2017.    © 2017 Reuters Why would anyone do that?' My son asked this as he looked at the photo of Al Franken, Senator of our home state of Minnesota, posing with his ...

Russian Government Takes Children from Foster Mother Because of Breast Surgery

Expand Two boys who were under the care of foster parent Yulia Savinovskikh until August 2017. © 2017 Yulia Savinovskikh When Yulia Savinovskikh had a double mastectomy in July, she was aware of the likely physical side effects of the surgery. But she felt the procedure was worth it; after three ...

Cambodia: Supreme Court Dissolves Democracy

Expand Police officers stand guard at the Supreme Court during a hearing to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party , in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 16, 2017.  © 2017 Samrang Pring/Reuters – Cambodia's government-controlled Supreme Court on November 16, ...

China: Release Gravely Ill Critics

Expand Protesters chant slogans to mourn the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China on July 15, 2017.  © 2017 Bobby Yip/Reuters – The Chinese government should immediately and unconditionally release from detention rights activist Huang Qi and ...

Russia: Reject 'Foreign Agents' Media Bill

Expand An interior view of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters – Draft legislation pending in the Russian parliament to impose restrictions on foreign media would further undermine media freedom in Russia, Human Rights Watch said ...

More Suspected Mass Graves Discovered in Indonesia

Expand Two people pray at the grave of a loved one in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 26, 2017. © 2017 Agoes Rudianto/Reuters An Indonesian organization representing victims of the mass killings of 1965-66 has located 16 suspected mass graves in central Java that may contain the remains of up to 5,000 ...

Pakistani Senator Works to End Enforced Disappearances

Expand Human rights activists chant slogans during a protest to condemn the disappearances of social activists in Karachi, Pakistan January 19, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters Any act of enforced disappearance is an offence to human dignity,' states the United Nations Declaration on the Protection of all ...

Another Chance to Right a Wrong in Azerbaijan

Expand Ilgar Mammadov detained during a protest rally in Baku, 2013. © 2013 Turkhan Kerimov Today, the Azerbaijani government has another chance to free a wrongfully imprisoned political activist and thereby halt a process that could potentially lead to its expulsion from Europe's top human rights ...

US Senate Fails to Confront Torture

The United States Senate's reluctance to address past US use of torture was on shocking display during the confirmation of an official who had provided legal cover for so-called, enhanced interrogation techniques,' in the years after the September 11 attacks. This sends a dangerous signal about ...

Burma: Widespread Rape of Rohingya Women, Girls

Burmese security forces have committed widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine State. – Burmese security forces have committed widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing ...

Talking About Harvey Weinstein in South Korea

Expand A woman takes part in a SlutWalk protest, in central Seoul July 16, 2011. About 100 protesters, mostly women, attended the SlutWalk protest march which became a movement of rallies around the world after a Toronto policeman suggested in January 2011 that women could avoid sexual assault by ...

US Senate Fails to Confront Torture

Expand Ridha al-Najjar et Lotfi El Gherissi ont affirmé que les interrogateurs américains les avaient frappés à coups de matraque sur tout le corps alors qu'ils étaient suspendus aux plafonds de leurs cellules. Ils ont déclaré que ce dessin illustre correctement le traitement subi.     © ...

Tobacco Companies Commit to Protect Child Workers Worldwide

Expand A 16-year-old worker harvests tobacco on a farm in Kentucky. © 2013 Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch Working on child labor, it often feels like there isn't much good news. So when I learned recently about a new policy that could potentially protect millions of children from ...

Brazil's Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban

Expand Protesters demonstrate against Brazil's congressional move to criminalize all cases of abortion, including cases of rape and where the mother's life is in danger, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil November 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Erika Kokay was the only member in a special committee of Brazil's ...

The Price of Campaigning for the Opposition in Russia

In August, when 23-year-old Ksenia Pakhomova became head of the Kemerovo regional campaign office for leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, she had no idea the price she would pay. Her 70-year-old grandmother threatened at work. Her mother losing her job. Her boyfriend expelled from university ...

Sri Lanka: Adopt Timeline for Action

Expand Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, speaks at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, September 11, 2017. © 2017 Reuters – Countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council should press Sri Lanka for a time-bound action plan on ...

Burma: Withdraw Protest Ban in Yangon

Expand Students attend a protest to mark the 55th anniversary of the military's suppression of student protests in 1962 at Yangon University, Yangon, Burma on July 7, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun A Burmese ministry's ban on assemblies and processions in central Yangon deprives people of ...

Cambodia: Democracy Faces Death

Expand Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a meeting with garment workers, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 8, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Samrang Pring ​Cambodia's Supreme Court should resist government pressure to rule on dissolving the country's main opposition party, Human ...