• Commentary
    Oct 17, 2014
    They’re going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year. When Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai pick up their Nobel Peace Prizes, there are going to be a lot of other winners standing alongside them. About 2.2 billion, in fact.
  • Commentary
    Oct 14, 2014
    More than a decade ago, I accompanied Kailash Satyarthi on one of his rescues. It was dusk when we drove into a dusty village in eastern Uttar Pradesh and made our way into a carpet factory, which was really a mud hut with some looms.
  • Dispatches
    Oct 10, 2014
  • Commentary
    Sep 29, 2014
    Ceremony and cliché will abound as India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, visits Washington on September 29-30 to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. There will be photo ops, gifts, and recitations about the leader of the world's largest democracy sitting with the leader of the world's oldest. But substantive matters are also to be discussed: Business. Weapons deals. Counterterrorism. Human rights and regional security issues will also be on the table.
  • Press release
    Sep 23, 2014
    Authorities in India should stop using sedition and other laws against activists and protesters who have peacefully opposed a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu state, Human Rights Watch said today. In the latest incident, immigration officials on September 16, 2014, prevented the environmental activist S.P. Udayakumar from traveling out of the country because of various cases filed against him for leading protests at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
  • Defenders
    Sep 16, 2014
    Dr. M. R. Rajagopal is a leading palliative care physician from India who, for more than 20 years, has battled conditions that cause patients to suffer severe pain unnecessarily.
  • Commentary
    Aug 25, 2014
    A decade ago, Lalibai, then a mother of four, took a stand and refused to remove and dispose of excrement from her village’s dry toilets, work she inherited at age 12. She had been approached by grassroots activists who said it was illegal for anyone to compel her to do this work, and that she had a choice to leave. She decided to claim her dignity and quit.
  • Press release
    Aug 25, 2014
    The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
  • Commentary
    Aug 24, 2014
    Irom Sharmila has been protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for the last 14 years. Unfortunately, the debate over the Act has been reduced to an absurd test of patriotism: While some contend that repealing the Act would be an insult to the Indian army and would put the soldiers at risk, others feel that it has adversely affected Indian soldiers.
  • Commentary
    Aug 4, 2014
    Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi’s decision to focus immediate attention on ending sexual violence against women and girls is good news. However, knee-jerk solutions like death penalty for rapists and lowering the age of a juvenile from 18 to 16 will not help end sexual violence against women.
  • Press release
    Jul 24, 2014
    The rape of a 6-year-old girl at a school in Bangalore has refocused attention on sexual abuse of children in India.
  • Dispatches
    Jul 24, 2014
  • Dispatches
    Jul 16, 2014
  • Press release
    Jul 1, 2014
    All parties implicated in a new United Nations’ report about abuses of children during armed conflict should call an immediate halt to these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN secretary-general’s annual report on children in armed conflict was released on July 1, 2014.
  • Press release
    Jun 20, 2014
    India should carry out the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to improve protection for children affected by armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The Child Rights Committee made its recommendations to India public on June 19, 2014, in Geneva.
  • Press release
    Jun 17, 2014
    Senior UN human rights officials at a United Nations Human Rights Council side-event on June 17, 2014, called for immediate efforts to end caste-based rape and violence against women.
  • Memorandum
    Jun 13, 2014
  • Commentary
    Jun 5, 2014
    “It is not actually snooping.” This was the Indian foreign minister’s response to the U.S. mass surveillance programs that also targeted India.
  • Dispatches
    Jun 3, 2014
  • Commentary
    May 28, 2014
    India’s six-week-long election, in which about 537 million out of 814 million eligible voters went to the polls, is finally over with the election of a new government led by Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Press release
    Apr 22, 2014
    School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education.
  • Commentary
    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.
  • Testimony
    Apr 4, 2014
    As you know, India—like many other countries in the world—is home to a diverse set of religious and ethnic groups. On most days and in most places, members of these diverse groups enjoy their basic civil and political rights, and freedom to pursue their beliefs.
  • Press release
    Mar 25, 2014
    Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India should respect children’s safety and right to education by keeping schools off-limits in the weeks before the April and May 2014 national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The Maoists, also known as “Naxalites,” should cease all attacks on schools. Government security forces should not occupy schools as barracks or bases, which puts children at risk.
  • Press release
    Feb 21, 2014
    Millions of Indians suffering chronic pain will get better access to pain medicines following changes in India’s drug law, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Jan 24, 2014
    An Indian army court of inquiry’s dismissal of all charges against five officers for the high-profile killing of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir state demonstrates the military’s continuing impunity for serious abuses.
  • Commentary
    Jan 24, 2014
    Sheikh Hasina Wajed has taken over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a second term after an extraordinary election that was boycotted by the primary Opposition.
  • Press release
    Jan 21, 2014
    The Indian government’s inability to protect women and children from rape and sexual violence undermines its commitment to uphold the rights of all Indians.
  • Dispatches
    Jan 18, 2014
  • Press release
    Jan 17, 2014
    Indian authorities in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh should immediately stop evicting people from camps who fled communal violence in September 2013.