• May 15, 2015
    Press release
    Indefinite detention of asylum-seeking mothers and their children in the United States takes a severe psychological toll, Human Rights Watch said today. Mothers from 25 detained families, including 10 who had been locked up for 8 to 10 months, described to Human Rights Watch their family’s trauma, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • May 14, 2015
    Press release
    Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia should end their pushbacks of boats with Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants and asylum seekers, and instead bring them ashore and provide desperately needed aid, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • May 7, 2015
    Press release
    The US, EU, and other governments should speak out about human rights abuses in Uzbekistan on the 10th anniversary of the Andijan massacre and renew their calls for accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today.
  • May 1, 2015
    Press release
    Cambodia’s refusal to allow asylum seekers from Vietnam to register and seek refugee status demonstrates a dismal failing to abide by international refugee law, LICADHO and Human Rights Watch said today. In the last four months, Cambodia has forcibly deported 54 Vietnamese asylum seekers, and appears poised to deport 40 more.
  • Apr 29, 2015
    Press release
    Australia should withdraw plans to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia in the face of continuing abuses against those already in Cambodia.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    Press release
    The commitment by European Union heads of state to triple the capacity of Frontex operations in the Mediterranean is an important step towards preventing migrant deaths at sea.
  • Apr 19, 2015
    Press release
    The European Union (EU) should act immediately to prevent further deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said. As many as 700 migrants and asylum seekers are feared dead in a single shipwreck in the Mediterranean north of Libya on April 19, 2015, bringing the estimated death toll to over 1,000 in one week
  • Apr 15, 2015
    Press release
    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop should raise human rights concerns with senior Iranian officials during her visit to Tehran on April 18, 2015. Bishop is the first senior figure in the Australian government to visit Iran in more than a decade.
  • Apr 15, 2015
    Press release
    Reports of 400 lives lost in the Mediterranean between April 11-13, 2015, should force the European Union to implement a vast search-and-rescue operation.
  • Apr 15, 2015
    Press release
    Asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia experience harassment and abuse at the hands of Serbian police.
  • Mar 9, 2015
    Press release
    The Spanish Senate should scrap a flawed draft law on public security that would undermine rights protections.
  • Feb 23, 2015
    Press release
    The House of Lords should amend the Modern Slavery Bill to restore the right for migrant domestic workers to change employers, Human Rights Watch and the United Kingdom charity Kalayaan said today. The bill is being considered in the House of Lords, the UK’s upper chamber of parliament, during the week of February 23, 2015.
  • Feb 21, 2015
    Press release
    The Pakistan government should immediately order local authorities to stop pressuring registered refugees to return to Afghanistan.
  • Feb 19, 2015
    Press release
    Greece’s new government should move quickly to tackle longstanding human rights violations.
  • Feb 8, 2015
    Press release
    The Cambodian government should abide by its international obligations not to return Vietnamese and other asylum-seekers to countries where they face persecution.
  • Feb 4, 2015
    Press release
    There has been little progress toward justice for the drowning deaths of 15 migrants in waters off a Spanish enclave in North Africa on February 6, 2014.
  • Jan 20, 2015
    Press release
    Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harassment and abuse at the hands of French police. The abuses described to Human Rights Watch include beatings and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walked in the street or hid in trucks in the hope of traveling to the United Kingdom.
  • Jan 8, 2015
    Press release
    President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration protects millions of families in the US but leaves major rights concerns unaddressed. Obama and the Congress should act to end harsh treatment at the border, unnecessary detention, and unfair criminal penalties that tear families apart.