• Dispatches
    Mar 20, 2015
  • Press release
    Mar 18, 2015
    Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to terminate a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters to the head of the party’s group of legislators in Congress and to UN bodies. The bill is under examination in Congress.
  • Press release
    Mar 14, 2015
    Pakistani authorities should immediately halt the execution of an alleged child offender scheduled for March 19, 2015, and commute his sentence, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Letter
    Mar 13, 2015
    We write in advance of your upcoming pre-sessional review of the Iranian government’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Informed by Human Rights Watch’s recent investigations, including firsthand research with children, this submission contains findings on Iran’s treatment of child offenders, migrant and refugee children, and children that belong to, or are perceived to belong to, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) community.
  • Dispatches
    Mar 12, 2015
  • Press release
    Mar 5, 2015
    (New York) – All governments should ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included in gender-based violence prevention and response programs, Human Rights Watch said today. Ahead of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, Human Rights Watch has published a resource on gender-based violence designed for people with disabilities.
  • Press release
    Mar 4, 2015
    Egypt recently took two steps to promote the rights of children, but serious violations by authorities against children still demand urgent attention.
  • Dispatches
    Feb 25, 2015
  • Press release
    Feb 19, 2015
    Florida legislators should approve Senate Bill 1082, which would allow judges rather than prosecutors to decide when to prosecute a child as an adult. If enacted, the proposed law would greatly reduce the number of children prosecuted in Florida’s adult courts.
  • Press release
    Feb 16, 2015
  • Commentary
    Feb 11, 2015

    It's time to end the detention of children solely for their immigration status and implement serious, safe, and satisfactory alternatives to detention.

  • Press release
    Feb 10, 2015
    Iran’s judiciary immediately should halt plans to execute a man convicted at age 17 of terrorism-related crimes for an armed opposition group and vacate his death sentence.
  • Press release
    Feb 9, 2015
  • Dispatches
    Feb 5, 2015
  • Testimony
    Feb 2, 2015

    For more than 15 years, Human Rights Watch has investigated hazardous child labor on farms in the United States and around the world. In the last two years we have conducted in-depth research on children working in tobacco in the four major tobacco-producing states, including Virginia, and published a report on the topic.

  • Dispatches
    Jan 28, 2015
  • Commentary
    Jan 20, 2015
    Each year, when school lets out for the summer, children as young as 12 — and sometimes younger — start working long hours tending tobacco in Virginia and other big tobacco states. They absorb nicotine through their skin, get sprayed with pesticides and use sharp axes to hack down rows of tobacco taller than they are — all in the extreme heat and humidity common during the summer months in the South. The work makes many of them sick.
  • Backgrounder Briefing
    Jan 14, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to review the draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining. Below are recommendations based on research conducted by Human Rights Watch in various countries. Human Rights Watch has carried out extensive research on business and human rights issues, including on human rights and mining in India, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mali, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Commentary
    Jan 12, 2015
    More children work in agriculture than in any other industry in the world. But the scale and complexity of the problem is no excuse for tolerating a practice that traps children in multi-generational cycles of poverty, or, worse, leaves them injured, maimed, or dead.
  • Press release
    Jan 9, 2015
    The United States, Uganda, and the Central African Republic should ensure the prompt transfer of a rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2005, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Dominic Ongwen for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • Q & A
    Jan 9, 2015
    On January 6, 2015, US military advisers supporting the African Union Regional Task Force in the Central African Republic received the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen into custody. The United States, Uganda – the primary contributor to the AU task force – and the Central African Republic should ensure the prompt transfer of Ongwen, believed to be about 34 years old, to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2005, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Ongwen for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • Dispatches
    Jan 8, 2015