• May 28, 2015
    Press release
    Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council announced on May 26, 2015 that pending legislation on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientation” is unconstitutional. The council rejected the discriminatory draft laws because of their vague wording. 
  • May 23, 2015
    Press release
    The “yes” vote in Ireland’s referendum on May 22, 2015, will guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination against Ireland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.
  • May 3, 2015
    Press release
    South Korea should immediately halt the roll-out of its new sex education policy, released early this year, and revise materials that fail to include homosexuality or sexual minorities, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the government today. 
  • Apr 28, 2015
    Press release
    The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking decision, ruled on April 24, 2015, that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization.
  • Apr 27, 2015
    Press release
    The United States Supreme Court should consider the same-sex marriage practices of other countries when it hears arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges on April 28, 2015.
  • Apr 17, 2015
    Press release
    A new Malawi law that sets 18 as the minimum age for marriage is an important step toward preventing child marriage. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act (Marriage Act) of 2015 became law following the president’s assent. Malawi’s child marriage rates are among the highest in the world, with one out of two girls married before they turn 18.
  • Apr 14, 2015
    Press release
    The United Nations Security Council should act to prevent and address sexual violence in armed conflict, including promoting greater participation of women in peacebuilding efforts, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 13, 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made public a report on conflict-related sexual violence in 19 countries during 2014 that described challenges due to poor monitoring, limited support services, and lack of accountability.
  • Apr 2, 2015
    Press release
    A court in Saint Petersburg will hear a case against an online group on April 6, 2015, for allegedly violating Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda law”. Russian authorities should drop the charges and stop harassing the LGBT group, Deti 404.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Press release
    Leaders of the European Union, France, Germany, and Switzerland should raise pressing human rights concerns and seek commitments to address them from Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev. The Kyrgyzstan leader is visiting Brussels and European capitals from March 22 to April 1, 2015.
  • Mar 20, 2015
    Press release
    Human Rights Watch and several partners, The New York City Bar Association, US; Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”), Canada; The National Council for Civil Liberties (“Liberty”), UK; Legal Resources Centre (“LRC”), South Africa; Center for Legal and Social Studies (“CELS”), and La Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans (“FALGBT”), Argentina; submitted an Amicus Brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case Obergefell v. Hodges about marriage equality.     
  • Mar 5, 2015
    Press release
    Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary Committee on Law, Order and Fighting Crime approved a blatantly discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” bill on February 17, 2015. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should resolutely reject the bill when it goes to a vote.
  • Mar 4, 2015
    Press release
    Two men accused of consensual homosexual activity are serving prison terms after a trial that seems to have been unfair, Human Rights Watch and the Aswat Group for Sexual Minorities, a Moroccan group, said today.
  • Feb 8, 2015
    Press release
    A low turnout in a Slovakia referendum on February 7, 2015 scuttled a measure that would have set the scene for legalized discrimination against LGBT couples, Human Rights Watch said today. 
  • Feb 5, 2015
    Press release
    Authorities in India should fully enforce a Supreme Court ruling to protect the rights of transgender people and help end discrimination, social exclusion, and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also credibly investigate several recent incidents in which police allegedly abused transgender people.
  • Jan 13, 2015
    Press release
    The acquittal in Egypt on January 12, 2015, of 26 men accused of “practicing debauchery,” is a rare success in protecting the rights to privacy and nondiscrimination. The men were arrested at a bathhouse in Cairo on December 7, 2014.