Human Rights Watch (201)

Bangladesh Textile Mill Burns, Yet Again

Expand In September 2016, another factory burned in the same district. Here, firefighters stand at the site of a fire at a packaging factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 10, 2016. © 2016 Reuters A fire in Ideal Textile Mills in Bangladesh killed at least six workers this week, reportedly ...

The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled

Wako' fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People's Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government. In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials ...

Ending China's Retaliation Against Activists at the UN

Expand Cao Shunli Courtesy of openDemocracy Four years ago this month, Chinese authorities stopped activist Cao Shunli at Beijing's airport. After questioning her about her plans to travel to Geneva, where she was slated to participate in training sessions about the United Nations Human Rights ...

Brazil Judge's Ruling Sparks Conversion Therapy Controversy

Expand A man shows his rainbow flag during the Gay Pride parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 30, 2006. © 2006 Reuters A Brazilian judge's decision to overturn an 18-year-old ban on conversion therapy has put the spotlight on discredited sexual orientation change efforts. The judge, Waldemar de ...

Why Britain Should Back the Safe Schools Declaration

Expand Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai speaks during the first focus event on education at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016. © 2016 Reuters Among the thousands of excited students across Britain starting university soon will be the remarkable Malala ...

Lebanon: Refugees in Border Zone at Risk

Expand A general view shows Syrian refugee camps dotted in and around the Lebanese town of Arsal, near the border with Syria, Lebanon, September 21, 2016. © 2016 Reuters – Many refugees in Arsal, a border town in northeast Lebanon recently cleared of armed groups, face pressure to return to ...

Germany: Parties Differ on Human Rights Approach

Expand Election campaign posters for the upcoming general election are pictured in Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters –The platforms of the German parties most likely to be elected to the Bundestag differ greatly on protection of human rights in foreign policy and migration and ...

China: Justice Ministry Pressures Law Firms

Expand The Great Hall of the People, where the Chinese Communist Party plenum is being held, is seen behinds red flags in Tiananmen square, December 05, 2013. © Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters   – China's Ministry of Justice has launched probes into human rights lawyers and law firms in a least six ...

UN: Push North Korea to End Child Sexual Abuse

Expand A North Korean flag flies at the DPRK Permanent Mission in Geneva.  © 2017 Reuters – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to protect children who are victims of sexual abuse and harassment, Human Rights Watch said today. On ...

Germany: Parties Differ on Human Rights Approach

Expand Life jackets left by migrants on Greek beaches are pictured at the Schauspielhaus concert hall as part of a temporary memorial project by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Berlin, February 12, 2016. © 2016 Reuters –The platforms of the German parties most likely to be elected to the Bundestag ...

Iraq/KRG: 1,400 Women, Children From ISIS Areas Detained

Expand Iraqi Ministry of Transportation buses taking internally displaced families to Hammam al-Alil in May 2017. In late August, Iraqi authorities bused 1,400 foreign women and children to the site.  © 2017 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch   – Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,400 ...

Equatorial Guinea: Political Cartoonist Arrested

– Equatorial Guinean authorities arrested a political cartoonist and activist on September 16, 2017, Human Rights Watch and EG Justice said today. He has been held in detention since then and authorities may be preparing to file criminal defamation charges against him.   The arrest of the ...

China: Justice Ministry Pressures Law Firms

Expand The Ministry of Justice headquarters in Beijing, China.  © 2013 Wikimedia Commons – China's Ministry of Justice has launched probes into human rights lawyers and law firms in a least six provinces and municipalities, Human Rights Watch said today. This official scrutiny, which authorities ...

Russian Activist in Court on 'Gay Propaganda' Charge

Expand Interior Ministry officers guard the LGBT community rally "VIII St.Petersburg Pride" in St. Petersburg, Russia August 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters A Russian court will soon decide whether posts that Evdokia Romanova, a Russian activist, made on social media back in 2015 amount to gay propaganda' ...

Defending Rights in An Age of Brexit

Expand The Union Flag and European Union flag fly in Parliament Square in central London, September 9, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The need to focus on Brexit may have led Britain's Conservative government to shelve its problematic plans to scrap domestic human rights law, in force since 2000, and leave ...

Police Cells Are No Place for Migrant Kids

Expand Unaccompanied children line up for an evening meal at a detention facility run by the Greek police.   © 2015 Kelly Lynn Lunde Is it ever acceptable for children to be detained in dark and dirty police cells, without access to the most basic services? Of course not. But when it comes to ...

France Jumpstarts Initiative to Protect Environment

Expand French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 15, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters Today, in front of the United Nations General Assembly, French President Emmanuel Macron is set to launch the Global Pact for the Environment. Its primary aim ...

Progress Slows in Ending Child Labor

Expand Hazrat Hussain, 10, loads bricks onto a truck. Hazrat doesn't go to school and works alongside his two teenage brothers at a brick kiln outside Kabul.   © 2016 Bethany Matta/Human Rights Watch   Child labor rates are dropping, but far too slowly.   Between 2000 and 2012, governments made ...

Ethiopia: Exercise Restraint at Upcoming Festival

Expand Armed security forces watch during the Irreecha cultural festival in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on October 2, 2016.  © 2016 Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Getty Images – Ethiopian government and security officials should act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this ...

German Election No Time for Complacency on Turkey and Russia

Expand Activist Yulia Galyamina and her husband Nikolai Tuzhilin lie on the ground next to riot police during an anti-corruption protest on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017.  The German election is dull, boring even – that's the verdict of much of the national and ...

Burma: Satellite Imagery Shows Mass Destruction

Expand Destruction in Rakhine State since August 25, 2017.  © 2017 Human Rights Watch – New analysis of satellite imagery from Burma's Rakhine State shows the near total destruction of 214 villages, Human Rights Watch said today. World leaders meeting at the United Nations should urgently adopt ...

Indonesia's Dangerous 'Anti-Communist' Paranoia

Expand An Indonesian youth covers his face with a mask reading "Anti Communist Command" during a protest in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta May 20, 2000. © 2000 Reuters The fear of communists is alive and well in Indonesia. On Monday a violent mob of hundreds of anti-communists' ...

In Pakistan, a Text Message Can Lead to a Death Sentence

Expand Students from Peshawar University protest to condemn the killing of Abdul Wali Khan university student Mashal Khan, after he was accused of blasphemy, during a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan April 19, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters In Pakistan, a poem sent over WhatsApp can prove deadly. On September ...

Yemen's Children Are Being Shelled While the World Sits Back

Expand The Broken Chair, a statue in support of the bans on landmines and cluster munitions, stands outside the United Nations in Geneva. © 2017 Mary Wareham/Human Rights Watch Yemenis were again mourning their children this weekend – this time in Taizz, Yemen's third largest city. Houthi-Saleh ...

Ghana Makes Secondary Schools Free

On September 12, Ghana's new President Nana Akufo-Addo made good on his campaign promise to deliver free secondary education for children across the country. The President pledged there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science center fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination ...

Preventing Suffering through 'Humanitarian Disarmament'

Expand The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Jody Williams bows in front of Cambodian Tun Channereth, who holds the International Campaign to Ban Landmines diploma and medal, on her way to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo City Hall, December 10, 1997. © 1997 Reuters On this day 20 years ago, I ...

Should Corporate Social Responsibility be Voluntary or Binding?

Expand Women work in the sewing division of a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Women constitute about 90 percent of the workforce in Cambodia's garment industry, which produces for many international apparel brands. Human Rights Watch has documented that workers in Cambodia frequently ...

Greece: No School for Many Asylum-Seeking Kids

Expand "Majida" and her brother "Ziyat" from Iraq live in the camp of Vial on Chios island since May 2017. They do not go to school, but study English and Greek in courses offered by a nongovernmental group.  © Simon Rau for Human Rights Watch 2017 – Greece's Education Ministry should move ...

Burma: Targeted Sanctions, Arms Embargo Needed

Expand Burmese soldiers patrol a road in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, August 31, 2017. © 2017 Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters – The United Nations Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign against ...

Deaths and Damage in Hurricane-Affected US Nursing Facilities

Expand The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is seen in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters After spending the past year visiting more than 100 nursing homes across the United States, I am sickened but not surprised to hear of the avoidable horrors ...

A Move to Restore Dignity to Syria's Victims

Expand Stockholm District Court, where most of Sweden's war crimes cases are adjudicated. © Balkees Jarrah/Human Rights Watch The photograph is disturbing. A young man in military fatigues is standing on dead bodies looking victorious. The posture of the Syrian soldier, with a grin suggesting pride ...

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Tunisia

Expand A Tunisian woman holds up a flag during a march to celebrate International Women's Day in Tunis March 8, 2014.  On September 14, Tunisia took a step forward by abolishing a 1973 Ministry of Justice directive prohibiting marriage between a Tunisian woman and a non-Muslim man. But the news ...

Afghanistan: Proposed Militia a Threat to Civilians

Expand Afghan local police sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan August 1, 2015. © 2016 Reuters – The Afghan government should reject proposals to create a new militia with inadequate training and ...

Turkmenistan Treating Sporting Event Like National Emergency

Expand Turkmenistan's capital city Ashgabat. © 2015 Bjørn Christian Tørrissen Everyone's waiting for the games to end, and they haven't even started,' an acquaintance in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, told me recently, echoing what several others had said. The games' are the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial ...

Saudi Arabia: Prominent Clerics Arrested

– Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of people, including prominent clerics, in what appears to be a coordinated crackdown on dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The campaign comes three months after Mohammad bin Salman became crown prince in June 2017. The reported arrests of Salman ...

Refugees and the German elections

Expand Election campaign posters for the upcoming general election are pictured in Berlin, Germany, September 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Refugees are one of the most debated topics in the campaign before Germany's election on September 24. The political programs of the seven parties most likely to be ...

Ukraine: Woman Detained, Held Incommunicado, Tortured

– Ukraine's Security Service arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has ordered her pretrial detention pending investigation. ...

Burma: Military Torches Homes Near Border

Expand Smoke is seen rising from Burma's Taung Pyo Let War village from across the border in Bangladesh. © 2017 Private – The Burmese military is deliberately burning ethnic Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border, Human Rights Watch said today. Such acts of arson, after forcing residents ...

Indonesia's Attorney General Rejects LGBT Discrimination

Expand Indonesia's Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo speaks to journalists about the upcoming executions at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia April 28, 2015. © 2015 Reuters Indonesia's Attorney General's Office announced this week that it had rescinded a job notice that not only barred ...

Intersex Kids Need US Pediatricians' Support

Expand A group of Doctors meet in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi October 4, 2013.  © 2013 Reuters As pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists, we care about the health and dignity of all children,' the American Academy ...

Egypt: Detained Couple Denied Fundamental Rights

– Egyptian authorities have repeatedly violated a married couple's due process rights since their June 30, 2017 arrest and subsequent detention, Human Rights Watch said today. Interior Ministry forces arrested Ola al-Qaradawi, 55, and her husband, Hosam Khalaf, 58, without a warrant over an ...

Syrian Refugee Children's Uncertain School Aid

Expand Syrian children and schools in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.  © 2017 Human Rights Watch – Millions of dollars in aid money pledged to get Syrian refugee children in school last year did not reach them, arrived late, or could not be traced due to poor reporting practices, Human Rights Watch ...

Sri Lanka: 2 Years On, Scant Progress on UN Resolution

Expand Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights gives his opening remarks at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 11, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters – United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council in Geneva ...

Brazil's Soap Opera Justice

Expand Judge Fernando Mendonça conducts a custody hearing in January 2015. © 2015 Human Rights Watch In a sparsely lit conference room, a judge asks a 40ish woman in a leather jacket why she was detained. She was arrested because of a stupid joke,' she says: posting a photo of herself covered with ...

US Justice Department Looks to Curtail LGBT Protections

Expand A wedding cake at a reception for same sex couples is seen at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California, July 1, 2013. © 2013 Reuters For the second time in less than two months, the US Justice Department has bent over backward to undermine LGBT rights in pending lawsuits. In July, the DOJ ...

Will the US Weaken its Disability Laws?

Expand Protesters with ADAPT, a disabled people's rights organization, stage a demonstration at the gates of the White House in Washington, April 20, 2015. © 2015 Reuters A bill that would very deliberately undermine the protections afforded under the Americans With Disabilities Act could come to a ...

1971 All Over Again

Expand Rohingya refugees wait for food to be distributed by local organisations in Teknaf, Bangladesh on September 13, 2017.  © 2017 Danish Siddiqui/Reuters While in Bangladesh to monitor the seemingly endless stream of Rohingya refugees crossing the border from Myanmar, I heard many comparisons. ...

US: Impose Sanctions on Rights Abusers Abroad

– The US government should use its authority under the Global Magnitsky Act to impose financial sanctions and visa bans on foreign human rights abusers and those responsible for corrupt practices, Human Rights Watch and 22 other organizations said today. In a letter on September 12, 2017, to US ...

Italy Returns Ambassador to Egypt Despite Unresolved Regeni Case

Expand An Egyptian activist holds a poster calling for justice in the case of Giulio Regeni in Cairo, Egypt, April 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Tomorrow, the new Italian ambassador will take up office in Cairo, almost a year-and-a-half after Italy recalled its former emissary in protest ...

Turkmenistan: Repression Casts Shadow on Asian Games

Expand The main stadium in Ashgabat where the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held. © 2016 Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights  –​ Turkmenistan will host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games starting September 17, 2017, amid an appalling record of human rights abuse, ...