• A cook serves the free mid-day meal in a government-run primary school in a village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
    School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education.

Reports

Asia

  • Apr 23, 2014
    Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza building are not contributing enough to the financial trust fund set up to support survivors and the families of those who died, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Apr 22, 2014
  • Apr 22, 2014
    The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of a trip by President Barack Obama to Japan and South Korea.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Over 40 percent of India’s children drop out of school before finishing 8th grade, despite a recent law designed to provide free and compulsory elementary education for all. Most students who quit school are from the lowest rungs of Indian society. A new Human Rights Watch report, “They Say We’re Dirty,” shows that discrimination by teachers and school officials fail to provide a welcoming and child-friendly school environment for these children. India researcher Jayshree Bajoria talks with Amy Braunschweiger about the consequences of persistent discrimination and what needs to change to keep these kids in school.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education.
  • Apr 20, 2014
  • Apr 17, 2014
    Human Rights Watch mourns the loss of Karpal Singh, a towering fighter for justice and human rights in Malaysia, and in all of Asia. He died in the early morning of April 17, 2014, in an automobile accident as he was traveling between Kuala Lumpur and Penang to attend a court hearing. He was 73 years old.
  • Apr 17, 2014
    Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law.
  • Apr 16, 2014

    Last year, the Bulgarian government felt the sting of criticism from Brussels, Geneva and other quarters for mishandling an influx of mostly Syrian refugees. Many were confined in cold, filthy camps without government-provided food, medical care or minimally adequate shelter. The problem got so bad that the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR called on European Union member states not to send asylum seekers back to Bulgaria, as they are generally allowed to do under the Dublin Regulation. It says that the EU country an asylum seeker first enters is usually responsible for examining the person’s claim.