In the News

  • London Film Festival Benefit - 18 March 2014
    On Tuesday 18 March, we held our annual Film Festival Benefit which marked the start of the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London. The evening featured the screening of THE SQUARE with Q&A at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema, followed by a reception at Dartmouth House. THE SQUARE From the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-long dictatorship in 2011 to the military's removal of Egypt's first democratically elected president in 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they confront the authorities and security forces to build a new society of conscience. The Square is a truly immersive experience, transporting the viewer into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. 2014 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature. For further information about the event, please call our Development and Outreach team on 020 7618 4756 or email
    March 20, 2014
  • Honouring those who speak out where there is silence
    At our London Voices for Justice Annual Dinner on 6 November 2013, we honoured Abbé Benoît Kinalegu with our highest tribute - the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism - in recognition of his unwavering, fearless commitment to human rights. Abbé Benoît Kinalegu exposes abuses committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and works to rehabilitate its victims. The LRA rebel group terrorises citizens in central Africa by killing, raping, and abducting civilians, including children. Kinalegu helped to establish the Early Warning Network, in which local activists use radio to report suspected LRA activity, and also works on rehabilitation programs for LRA abductees who have escaped. He has become a powerful voice urging the international community to bring LRA commanders to justice. Human Rights Watch honours Abbé Benoît Kinalegu for his commitment to protecting civilians from the threat posed by the LRA.
    November 14, 2013
  • David Cameron cites HRW letter in a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan
    David Cameron’s historic, yet controversial, trade visit with the Kazakhstan president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, included vital discourse on Kazakh rights directly because of campaigning by Human Rights Watch. A letter sent to the Prime Minister on Friday described the "serious and deteriorating" situation in Kazakhstan "including credible allegations of torture, the imprisonment of government critics, tight controls over the media and freedom of expression and association, limits on religious freedom, and continuing violations of workers' rights". Cameron, whose visit to the mineral rich nation was primarily focused around trade, said that, “nothing was off the agenda” and that he had discussed, “the letter written by Human Rights Watch and the concerns in that letter.” The events last week serve as a vivid reminder of the difference that HRW can, and continues to, make in global advocacy.
    July 3, 2013
  • Run for Rights – Royal Parks Half Marathon
    On Sunday 6 October, 18 runners ran through four of London’s glorious Royal Parks, passed some of the capital’s most historic landmarks and raised money towards protecting human rights around the world. Thank you - Team Run for Rights!
    July 1, 2013
  • A new round of deportation of the Tamil minority group to Sri Lanka
    UK Director of Human Rights Watch, David Mepham, published a short article by in the Independent on the continuous problematic deportation of Tamils. Again, the UK government has deported a group of Tamils to Sri Lanka, despite vast documentation provided by Human Rights Watch and other organisations on the country’s record of ill-treatment of the minority Tamil community. Human Rights Watch has acquired a growing body of evidence that the failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers face serious risks of torture upon return in their home country.
    September 27, 2012
  • London May Newsletter
    London Newsletter May 2012 with a UK advocacy update by David Mepham, UK Director, an article on Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division - Advocating for Women for More than 20 Years and an update from the London Network - Right Words Competition a Huge Success.
    June 25, 2012