• Millions of children have no access to education, work long hours under hazardous conditions and are forced to serve as soldiers in armed conflict. They suffer targeted attacks on their schools and teachers or languish in institutions or detention centers, where they endure inhumane conditions and assaults on their dignity. Young and immature, they are often easily exploited. In many cases, they are abused by the very individuals responsible for their care. We are working to help protect children around the world, so they can grow into adults.

Reports

Children's Rights

  • Apr 13, 2015
    Israeli settlement farms in the West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest, and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.
  • Apr 9, 2015

    Australia's treatment of child asylum seekers is unique; no other country makes closed detention mandatory for them.

  • Apr 8, 2015
    A Florida Senate subcommittee voted on April 8, 2015 to approve a bill that would allow judges rather than prosecutors to determine when a child should be charged as an adult. Senate Bill (SB) 1082, which would greatly reduce the number of youth under 18 sent into the adult criminal justice system, deserves a vote before Florida’s full Senate and House.
  • Apr 3, 2015
    The abominable attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya requires a measured response by Kenyan security forces to bring to justice those responsible and prevent further attacks. At least 147 have been confirmed dead and 80 injured in the attack on April 2, 2015.
  • Apr 2, 2015
  • Apr 2, 2015
    When I first visited the Baltimore City Detention Center in 1999, I found an archaic, decaying facility that held people in grim cells with no direct natural light. The detention center held many children who were charged as adults, and they suffered some of the worst abuses — including extended periods of confinement in cells punctuated by brutal acts of violence, often encouraged by guards.
  • Apr 2, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the “Committee”) for its General Comment on the rights of adolescents. Human Rights Watch has carried out extensive research on the rights of adolescents in the areas of child labor, detention, immigration, education, early marriage, reproductive health, LGBT rights, and adolescents with disabilities. The following recommendations are based on our research findings and analysis.
  • Apr 1, 2015
    The airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that hit a displaced persons’ camp in northern Yemen on March 30, 2015, raised grave concerns about violations of the laws of war. The airstrikes killed at least 29 civilians and wounded 41, including 14 children and 11 women. They hit a medical facility at the camp, a local market, and a bridge, according to initial reports from the World Health Organization.
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  • Mar 31, 2015