• Rohingya women and children who arrived by boat from Burma pass the time at a closed shelter in Phang Nga, Thailand, in October 2013.
    Thailand holds thousands of migrant children in detention each year, causing them physical and emotional harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child migrants and asylum seekers are unnecessarily held in squalid immigration facilities and police lock-ups due to their immigration status or that of their parents.

Reports

Asia

  • Sep 15, 2014

    We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to urge the Australian Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) and implement a National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) without delay.

  • Sep 14, 2014
    The Malaysian government should cease using the country’s sedition law to arbitrarily arrest opposition lawmakers, activists, and critical academics.
  • Sep 11, 2014
    The Chinese government should release the activists Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng, who are to go on trial on September 12, 2014, in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, Human Rights Watch said today. Guo and Sun face charges for their peaceful advocacy against corruption and for human rights.
  • Sep 11, 2014
  • Sep 9, 2014
    The Thai government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of an opposition supporter arrested by soldiers in Bangkok on September 5, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Efforts by Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission to locate Kittisak Soomsri, 47, a supporter of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the Red Shirts, have been unsuccessful.
  • Sep 8, 2014
    An Afghan court’s conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today. The court of appeals should competently, impartially, and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6, 2014 trial and the resulting death sentences.
  • Sep 8, 2014
    Governments are primarily responsible for protecting human rights but when they fail the UN and its member states must act decisively and unequivocally to prevent abuse.
  • Sep 7, 2014
    We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the Fiji Labour Party uphold the principles of international human rights law in your political policies and commitments.
  • Sep 7, 2014
    We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the National Federation Party uphold the principles of international human rights law in your political policies and commitments.
  • Sep 7, 2014
    We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the People’s Democratic Party uphold the principles of international human rights law in your political policies and commitments.