Human Rights Watch (227)

US: Bannon's Exit Opens Door for Policy Reversals

– The Trump administration should use the announced departure of Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist to quickly distance its civil rights and immigration policies from white nationalist politics, Human Rights Watch said today. The White House announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly and ...

Duterte Expands 'Drug War' to a War on Accountability

Expand President Rodrigo Duterte salutes honor guards at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, Philippines, May 24, 2017. © 2017 Reuters On Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte paused his routine incitement and instigation of the deaths of suspected drug users and ...

Yemen: Houthis Detain Prominent Activist

Expand Prominent Yemeni activist Hisham al-Omeisy was detained on August 14, 2017 in Sanaa.  © Private – Houthi authorities in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, should immediately and unconditionally release Hisham al-Omeisy, a prominent activist detained on August 14, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. ...

Azerbaijan's Last-standing Independent News Agency Facing Closure

Expand Journalists at Turan News Agency in Azerbaijan while tax police raided their office earlier this month.  © Azadliq Radiosu Just last month, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev gave more than 200 apartments away free to journalists and accepted a friend of journalists' award in return. He ...

Iranian Opposition Figure Ends Hunger Strike

Expand A supporter holds up a picture of presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi during a rally in Tehran May 29, 2009. © 2009 Reuters Former Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi ended his hunger strike after authorities agreed to remove security guards from his home. The 79-year-old ...

Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community

Expand Catholic nuns hold placards as they protest against drug-related extrajudicial killings, on International Human Rights Day in Manila, Philippines, December 10, 2016. © 2016 Ezra Acayan/Reuters – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for police to shoot human rights activists who are ...

Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community

Expand Activists hold placards as they protest against what they say are drug-related extrajudicial killings, during the International Human Rights Day in Manila, Philippines December 10, 2016. © 2016 Ezra Acayan / Reuters – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for police to shoot human ...

India: Don't Forcibly Return Rohingya Refugees

Expand A Rohingya boy from Burma carries his brother as he leaves after offering the afternoon prayer during the holy month of Ramadan, at a camp in New Delhi, India, June 28, 2015.  © 2015 Adnan Abidi / Reuters – The Indian government should not forcibly return ethnic Rohingya refugees to ...

Angola Bans Activist Demonstrations Ahead of Elections

Angolan authorities have moved to ban protests and demonstrations by groups not running in next week's parliamentary elections. Expand Samussuku' Chiconda required stitches on his forehead after police officers beat him with batons, Luanda, February 24, 2017. © 2017 Luaty Beirao The August 23 ...

Disappearance of Protestor in Argentina

Expand A man poses for a photo with a portrait of Santiago Maldonado, during a demonstration to demand actions to find him in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 11, 2017.  © 2017 Marcos Brindicci/Reuters Pressure is building on Argentina to find 28-year-old Santiago Maldonado, who has been missing, ...

Thailand: Drop Bogus Charges Against Thai Studies Academics

Expand Thai authorities charge Professor Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and four participants of the 2017 International Conference on Thai Studies at Chiang Mai University with violating the junta's ban on public assembly.  © 2017 Private – Thai authorities should immediately drop charges against a ...

Libya: Videos Capture Summary Executions

– Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army in eastern Libya appear to have executed captured fighters in Benghazi and desecrated corpses, Human Rights Watch said today. Video recordings posted online since January 2017 seem to show LNA fighters carrying out seven distinct unlawful executions of ...

Groundbreaking Mercury Treaty Takes Effect

– The United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury, which went into effect on August 16, 2017, could benefit millions of people affected by toxic mercury, Human Rights Watch said today. Under the treaty, governments are obligated to protect their citizens from the harmful effects of mercury and ...

Hong Kong: Quash Convictions of Student Leaders

Expand Pro-democracy leaders Nathan Law , Joshua Wong , and Alex Chow meet journalists outside a court in Hong Kong, on September 21, 2016. © 2016 Bobby Yip/Reuters – The Hong Kong government should quash the 2016 convictions of three student leaders for their roles in a peaceful protest, Human ...

US: Visited a Major Trump Protest Website?

Expand Protesters at an entry point before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters United States activists are raising alarms about a new report that the Justice Department has obtained a search warrant for information about ...

Door Opens to Achieving Marriage Equality in Czech Republic

If it was up to the thousands who participated in last week's Prague Pride, it's clear the Czech Republic would be joining the growing list of countries legalizing same-sex marriage. Expand Campaigners for same-sex marriage during Prague Pride, Czech Republic, August 12, 2017. © 2017 Boris ...

Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

– The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country's drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendment, which the parliamentary judiciary commission revised four times, is a step in ...

Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar

— The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017 approved a long-awaited amendment to the country's drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendment, which the parliamentary judiciary commission revised four times, is a step in ...

Uzbekistan: UN Staffer Free After 11 Years

Expand Erkin Musaev, year unknown © Association for Human Rights in Central Asia Erkin Musaev was a former Uzbek government official and UN staffer who arrested and imprisoned in 2006 on politically-motivated charges of espionage, among others.  – Erkin Musaev, a United Nations employee and ...

Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism

Add another category to the long list of people deemed a security threat to the Russian state: feminists. Early this morning, a group of men broke into a tiny cottage near Dzhubga, a village in Russia's southern Black Sea region of Krasnodar. The cottage was rented by five women who had traveled to ...

Egypt: Detained Journalist's Health Deteriorating

– Egyptian authorities should immediately provide appropriate health care to the imprisoned journalist Hisham Gaafar, whose health, including his eyesight, is deteriorating in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. If prison authorities are unable to provide him necessary health care, they ...

Saudi Arabia: Security Forces Seal Off Eastern Town

– Saudi security forces have surrounded and sealed off the predominantly Shia town of Awamiya in July 2017 as they confronted an armed group hiding in a historic neighborhood slated for demolition, Human Rights Watch said today. The violence in the Eastern province, which began in May, has ...

Kenya: Police Restraint Critical

Expand Policemen chase protesters in Kisumu, Kenya August 11, 2017. © 2017 Baz Ratner /Reuters – Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests that take place in response to election results, Human Rights Watch said today. In any situations where security force ...

Philippine Journalist Killings Demand State Action

Expand Filipino journalists escort the coffin of slain news reporter Alex Balcoba during his funeral in metro Manila, Philippines June 1, 2016. © 2016 Reuters It's not just suspected drug users and dealers at risk of targeted killing in the Philippines. The murders last week of two radio ...

Philippines: Mandatory College Drug Tests Imperil Students

Expand Students protest extrajudicial killings at a university in metro Manila, Philippines, September 30, 2016. © 2016 Reuters – The Philippine government's plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants seriously threatens their safety and right to education, Human ...

Time for Action on Malaysia's Death Penalty

Expand Malaysia's national flag flies in front of the Federal Court on a hazy day in Putrajaya, Malaysia, October 6, 2015. © 2015 Reuters When the Malaysian Cabinet announced plans this week to amend legislation to eliminate the mandatory death penalty for some drug offenses, many cheered. But ...

Another Flawed Extremism Verdict in Russia

Expand Screenshot from video depicting, from left to right, Kirill Barabash, Alexander Sokolov, and Valery Parfenov in the courtroom, Moscow, August 10, 2017. © 2017 RFE/RL This week, a Moscow court found four members of the group For Responsible Government guilty of operating an extremist ...

Philippines: Mandatory College Drug Tests Imperil Students

Expand Philippine men detained on drugs charges lie on the floor of a police station in Quezon City Police District in Manila, Philippines April 3, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Andrew RC Marshall – The Philippine government's plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants ...

Medicine Shortages in Venezuela: Dying in Agony

Expand A woman walks past empty shelves at a drugstore in Caracas, February 23, 2016. © 2016 Reuters Yelitza López's greatest fear is to face a grave illness without pain relief. That fear is very real to her – López's mother, Divisay, has advanced cancer and suffers from bouts of severe pain. ...

A New Low for Russian Authorities in Crimea

Expand Server Karametov, 76 year old Crimean Tatar, after his arbitrary arrest in August 2017. © 2017 Private Just when you think the situation cannot get any worse for Crimean Tatars in Crimea, it does. Yesterday, a court in Simferopol sentenced Server Karametov, a 76-year old Crimean Tatar, to 10 ...

Defend Net Neutrality and Access to Information in US

Expand Should your cat pictures load slower than corporate online content? Tell the FCC to keep net neutrality. © Human Rights Watch You are reading this on the internet, and – for now at least – no one forced you into the slow lane to get here. But that might all be about to change – unless ...

A Step in the Right Direction on Menstrual Stigma in Nepal

In July, 18-year-old Tulasi Shahi died after a snake bit her while she slept in a shed where she had been banished – because she was menstruating. The shed, unlike her home, was open to snakes and other animals. Expand A chaupadi hut, in a family's yard, where female members of the family are ...

Iraq: Lawyers Arrested for Work in ISIS Courts

Expand A man walks across a street in al-Hamdaniya, Iraq November 25, 2016. Picture taken November 25, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters – Iraqi authorities have issued arrest warrants for at least 15 private lawyers since July 24, 2017, on charges of Islamic State affiliation for their past work in ISIS ...

Saudi Arabia: 14 Shia at Risk of Imminent Execution

Expand Saudi authorities have executed more than 400 people since the beginning of 2014.   © 2008 Reuters   – Fourteen members of the Saudi Shia community are at imminent risk of execution after Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court in mid-July 2017 upheld their death sentences from an unfair trial for ...

Indonesia's Sinister Slide Toward Philippine-Style Drug Slayings

Expand An officer from the police mobile brigade patrols near the police headquarters, in Jakarta, Indonesia June 30, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Today, Jakarta's police chief said that when dealing with suspected drug dealers, sending them to God' would take priority over arrest and prosecution. ...

Oman: A Year On, Editor Remains in Prison

– Omani authorities should quash the conviction of an editor at Azamn newspaper who was arrested nearly a year ago, free him immediately, and allow the paper to reopen, Human Rights Watch said today. Charges against the editor and the reason given for shutting down the newspaper were so vague as ...

Thailand: Drop Charges for Critical Facebook Posts

Expand Pravit Rojanaphruk, a veteran journalist, faces sedition and computer crime charges for Facebook commentary critical of Thailand's military junta.  © 2017 Pravit Rojanaphruk – Thailand's military government has charged a journalist and two prominent political critics with sedition and ...

Australia: Press Vietnam on Rights

Expand Vu Minh Khanh holds an image of her husband Nguyen Van Dai as Catholics hold candles and images of Dai's assistant Le Thu Ha during a mass prayer for Dai and Ha at Thai Ha church in Hanoi, December 27, 2015.  © 2015 Reuters/Kham – Australia should press for significant progress on human ...

Yemen: Artillery Attacks Kill Civilians in Taizz

– Houthi-Saleh forces have repeatedly fired artillery indiscriminately into populated neighborhoods of Taizz, Yemen's third largest city, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. Over a 10-day period in May 2017, shelling of the city by the Houthi armed group and forces ...

China: Protect 15 Detained North Koreans

Expand North Korean soldiers in a border guard post are seen from the Chinese side in Tumen, China, January 7, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters – China should not deport 15 North Koreans held in Chinese detention back to North Korea, but should either grant them asylum or allow them to safely go to a ...

Why No Rush to End Child Marriage in Nepal?

Expand Ganga M., 17, sits inside her home in Kailali, Nepal. Ganga had an arranged marriage at the age of 16 and was five months pregnant when this photograph was taken. Her husband works as a cook in India. April 25, 2016. © 2016 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch Progress towards ending ...

Turkmenistan: Death Threats Against Journalist

Expand Soltan Achilova. © 2011 azathabar.com   – An independent journalist, Soltan Achilova, has been the victim of harassment and a series of targeted attacks and death threats, Human Rights Watch and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights said today. With the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts ...

Morocco: Prominent Journalist Jailed

– A Moroccan court on July 25, 2017, sentenced a prominent journalist to three months in prison on a charge that violates his right to peaceful speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalist, Hamid Mahdaoui, is in prison in Casablanca and is under investigation on other charges. A court of ...

Held in Chains in Russia

One day in mid-July Alexander Kupriyanov, a psychiatrist from the Russian city of Briansk, opened his email to find several video clips, sent to him anonymously. The grainy videos, with time stamps ranging from May to June 2017, show several residents in the Trubchevsk Psycho-Neurological ...

Israel: Jerusalem Palestinians Stripped of Status

Expand Israeli police check the identification card of a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate in the Israeli occupied Old City of Jerusalem.  © 2016 Ammar Awad/Reuters – Israel's revocations of the residency status of thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem over the years illustrates the ...

Cambodia: Quash Conviction of Rights Land Activist

Expand People gather outside the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on August 8, 2017, holding signs of support for land rights activist, Tep Vanny.          © 2017 Private – Cambodian authorities should quash the conviction and release land rights activist Tep Vanny, who ...

Afghanistan's Torture Victims Deserve Redress

Expand Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani addresses U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his delegation at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The clock is ticking for President Ashraf Ghani to protect the rights of the Afghanistan's many torture ...

Burma: National Commission Denies Atrocities

Expand Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe, chairman of Maungdaw Investigation Commission, talks to journalists during a press conference of their final report on Rakhine state investigation at a government guest house Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. The Myanmar government's inquiry into ...

Indonesia Again Silences 1965 Massacre Victims

Expand A student is led away after a raid on a university in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1965. © Fairfax Indonesian police and military personnel last week forced the cancellation of a public workshop on financial compensation for victims of the country's 1965-1966 mass killings. Security forces ...

State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia

Expand Ethiopian Members of Parliament raise their hands in favour of lifting the state of emergency, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Ethiopia's parliament has just lifted the country's 10-month-long state of emergency. The government's emergency powers brought mass ...