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(Seoul) - China should immediately release five North Korean refugees held in Chinese detention and agree not to return them to North Korea, where they would face grave danger, Human Rights Watch said today. China should protect the five refugees and ...
Protecting rights, Saving Lives. Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice.
But Kandali Lubis, an Ahmadiyah spokesman, told Human Rights Watch that at least seven Ahmadiyah mosques remained closed in Indonesia under the 2008 anti-Ahmadiyah decree.
... rights Council-mandated international investigation brings hope of uncovering the truth about the horrific violence in the Kasai region since August, a step toward justice for thousands of victims," said Laila Matar, UN advocate at Human Rights Watch.
(New York, June 23, 2017) - Human Rights Watch has published during Pride Month a compilation of the records of 63 countries in recognizing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
(Bishkek) - The Uzbek government should immediately allow an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance and death in prison of a human rights and opposition activist, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 16, 2017, Nuraddin ...
(Beirut) - Newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should use his authority to end longstanding abuses against Saudi dissidents and rights activists and to make a public commitment for rights reforms, Human Rights Watch said today.
Human Rights Watch has documented numerous cases when DPR State Security ministry officials have forcibly disappeared people who were, or were thought to be, pro-Ukraine, holding them without acknowledging it for several weeks.
Residents who want to evacuate from their homes gather while waiting for a vehicle after Islamist militants, who had holed up in a primary school, retreated after a gunbattle with troops but were holding some civilians hostage, in Pigcawayan, North ...
(Tunis) - police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco's Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are ...
When looking for solutions to the global refugee crisis, Japan is often identified as a country that could do more. It contributes generously to the United Nations refugee agency but does very little in terms of recognizing asylum seekers in Japan or ...
"Lawyers must be able to go to court without fearing violent assaults and abuse," Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch said. "That such assaults take place with increasing frequency in Pakistan and without accountability represents a serious ...
During a recent visit to Bangladesh to revisit my years there as a student, a colleague suggested I meet Sultana Kamal, much admired for decades of work on justice as a human rights defender.
In fact, violent crime has dropped steadily and significantly since the 1990s, as reflected in the data Human Rights Watch analyzed - Sessions' claims about increases are hyperbolic.
(New York) - Vietnam should immediately repeal a provision in its revised penal code that would hold lawyers criminally responsible for not reporting clients to the authorities for a number of crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The revised code ...
Human Rights Watch investigated the impact of the Propaganda law, which was passed in 2013 on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
(Manila, June 22, 2017) - students across The Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Philippine law provides ...
(Beirut) - The UAE supports Yemeni forces that have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, tortured, and abused dozens of people during security operations, Human Rights Watch said today. The UAE finances, arms, and trains these forces, which ...
(New York) - New York state has taken an important step toward ending child marriage, as Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2017 signed legislation to dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry, Human Rights Watch said ...
(Beirut) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should cancel a death sentence confirmed by the country's highest appeals court on April 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The sentence followed a trial that violated the defendant's due process ...
Civilians in the Central African Republic caught a break this week. The government and armed groups signed a peace accord on June 19 that includes a ceasefire and political reform measures, which could put an end to a conflict that has claimed ...
... Mexico) - Mexican authorities should ensure a prompt, thorough, and credible investigation into evidence that advanced spyware sold to the government targeted human rights defenders, journalists, and anti-corruption activists, Human Rights Watch ...
(New York, June 19, 2017) - Vietnamese bloggers and rights activists are being beaten, threatened, and intimidated with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should order an end to all attacks and hold ...
Human Rights Watch interviewed 64 Indigenous women as well as service providers in Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, and several smaller communities in northern and central Saskatchewan.
2017 Edouard Dropsy for Human Rights Watch Last month, I sat down with Monica, a 30-year-old polio survivor in Bambari, a war-torn town in the Central African Republic.
The Military Court of Appeals bench which is hearing two appeals related to the conviction of soldier Elor Azaria has made an unusual recommendation to the ...
(Beirut) - Saudi Arabia should immediately quash the death sentences of 14 members of the Shia community for protest-related crimes, Amnesty International ...
RANGOON - Human Rights Watch on Monday called for the Burma government to overrule local officials in Rangoon who are threatening to charge Muslims for holding Ramadan prayers in a public space.
Rather than directing their efforts to combat extremism toward activities that genuinely deserve the label, Russian authorities seem to be using anti-extremism legislation in what is increasingly looking like a witch hunt.
The June 10th pride march in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, is an opportunity for the country to showcase diversity and tolerance.
... their lives, and the lives of their families, are worth something. The next report they see should be a progress report on justice.
Human Rights Watch has called on all businesses to end operations in or with settlements to uphold their human rights responsibilities; we have found that it is impossible to do business with settlements without contributing to or benefiting from the ...
(Moscow) - A Russian human rights activist is facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to comply with the "foreign agents" law, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 27, 2016, Russian authorities notified Valentina Cherevatenko, a prominent ...
Protecting rights, Saving Lives. Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice.
Human Rights Watch has documented grave laws-of-war violations by all sides to the conflict, including the use of chemical weapons, aerial bombing targeting civilians, siege warfare against civilians, and indiscriminate car bombings, mortar shelling ...
On May 21, a local fighter told Human Rights Watch he saw another bound body floating in the river by the bridge near Qayyarah.
... Palestinians have escaped serious rights abuses during this 50-year occupation," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Israel today maintains an entrenched system of institutionalized discrimination against ...
Wanjeri said that even though she made a detailed police report about the attack, police have failed to investigate the case. "They have never even visited the scene of my attack or followed up with me," she told Human Rights Watch. "Yet I have since ...
Human Rights Watch interviewed the relatives of three men and two boys, from four families, taken into custody at the Khazir and Nargizlia displacement camps between January and April 2017.
(New York) - The government of Thailand should immediately investigate the death of a Pakistani man in immigration detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The case points to the need for Thailand to urgently end the indefinite detention of refugees ...
(London) - The United Kingdom authorities' arrest of Agnes Reeves Taylor in London for her alleged role in torture committed during Liberia's first civil war is a meaningful step for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Reeves Taylor, the former ...
International agency Human Rights Watch is the latest to join the clamour against the Indian army's recent actions in Kashmir where a civilian was tied to the front of a jeep and used a "human shield", violating domestic and international laws.
People fill Tiananmen Square in front of the Mausoleum of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong and the Monument to the People's heroes in Beijing, on May 17, ...
(New York) - Indonesia's national police force should immediately investigate recent raids by local law enforcement on gatherings of gay men, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to national police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. Indonesia's police ...
"This new law represents a huge step backward for freedom of association in Egypt," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "The Egyptian authorities have squeezed shut whatever limited space remained for nongovernmental ...
Some rare good news for human rights in The Philippines: Lawmakers have decided against a proposed change to the juvenile justice law that would have allowed 9-year-old children to be prosecuted and imprisoned.
human rights have so far barely featured in the British election campaign. Yet in their manifestos the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats as well as the Scottish National Party have set out distinctive positions on a range of rights issues ...
I represented Human Rights Watch at the commission's 60th ordinary session in early in May in Niamey, Niger.
(Washington) - The United States on June 1, 2017, imposed targeted sanctions against the personal military chief of staff of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. The US also imposed sanctions on a ...
Protecting rights, Saving Lives. Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice.


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