• Election delays, natural disasters, and the persistence of a deadly cholera epidemic continue to hinder the Haitian government’s efforts to meet the basic needs of its people and address long-standing human rights problems, such as violence against women and inhumane prison conditions. A wave of anti-government protests beginning in October led to confrontations between protestors and Martelly supporters, which raised concerns about the resurgence of political violence in the country.The three-year-old cholera epidemic continues to claim lives. Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and droughts affected harvests, contributing to high levels of food insecurity.

  • Opposition supporters stand over a tank in San Cristobal, Venezuela on February 19, 2014.

    Venezuelan security forces have used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on multiple occasions since February 12, 2014, including beating detainees and shooting at crowds of unarmed people.

Reports

Americas

  • Mar 7, 2014
    A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or a comprehensive national action plan on the violence, and made no recommendations to address accountability for police misconduct.
  • Mar 6, 2014

    The decision by Honduras’s Attorney General’s Office to create a special unit to investigate killings allegedly linked to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region is an important step toward tackling widespread impunity there.

  • Mar 4, 2014

    The Honduran Congress should conduct a transparent, impartial, and participatory process for electing the country’s next human rights ombudsman, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Feb 28, 2014
    The Organization of American States (OAS) and its member countries should proceed with a meeting on the situation in Venezuela. The OAS should use the meeting to address the human rights violations committed in response to widespread public demonstrations since February 12, 2014.
  • Feb 21, 2014

    Venezuelan security forces have used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on multiple occasions since February 12, 2014, including beating detainees and shooting at crowds of unarmed people.

  • Feb 14, 2014
  • Feb 13, 2014

    Venezuelan authorities should investigate the violence during demonstrations across the country on February 12, 2014 promptly and impartially. Investigations should not be used as a pretext for prosecuting political opponents or limiting free speech. 

  • Feb 12, 2014
    Honduran authorities have failed to investigate properly a wave of killings and other abuses believed to be tied to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region.
  • Feb 3, 2014

    A person who is arrested has a right to be brought promptly before a judge. This is a longstanding and fundamental principle of international law, crucial for ensuring that the person’s arrest, treatment, and any ongoing detention  are lawful.

  • Jan 31, 2014
    “They tore my sweater and jeans off in the holding cell. There were three or four of them – men – a female guard was watching,” Joy I. told me. “I tried to sit up and they pepper sprayed me twice. They kept pushing me down and tearing my clothes off.”