• Letter
    Oct 24, 2014

    We would like to express our extreme disappointment that the Macedonian legislature wishes to make such an amendment to the Constitution, which goes against global progress towards marriage equality, and fails to give the fullest effect to European human rights norms. 

  • Press release
    Oct 23, 2014
    Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7.
  • Commentary
    Oct 21, 2014
    In 2006, Time named Jamaica the most homophobic country on earth. Whether that report was accurate or not, violence against LGBT people in Jamaica today is rampant. Police, schools, and hospitals discriminate against LGBT people in Jamaica. But attitudes are shifting and a heated public debate about LGBT rights is taking place within the government, in churches, and in both blogs and the mainstream media.
  • Press release
    Oct 21, 2014

    LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed. 

  • Letter
    Oct 21, 2014
    We write to you concerning Czech law no. 115/2006 Sb., which addresses registered partnerships and allows same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships. Under Czech law as it stands, registered partnerships are only open to same-sex couples. We have particular concerns with respect to how the law excludes a registered partner from adopting a child.
  • Commentary
    Oct 10, 2014
    On October 11, National Coming Out Day around the world, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people will seize the opportunity to speak about their coming out and the importance of equality and non-discrimination. Their visibility might inspire other LGBT people to throw open their closet door and start a life without hiding their sexual orientation. Often a coming out feels like a liberation for LGBT people. Many cannot imagine a life in secrecy and denial anymore.
  • Dispatches
    Oct 9, 2014
  • Press release
    Oct 2, 2014

    Human rights groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights groups, should be able to register and carry out their work in Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • Press release
    Oct 2, 2014
    Indonesia’s central government and the Aceh provincial government should take steps to repeal two Islamic bylaws in Aceh province that violate rights and carry cruel punishments, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Oct 1, 2014
    Respect for freedom of expression should lead to dismissal of multiple lawsuits over a poster that shows two male cultural icons kissing.
  • Press release
    Sep 26, 2014
    The UN Human Rights Council resolution passed on September 26, 2014, to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a critically important achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 25 human rights and other groups said today. The new resolution follows a June 2011 resolution by the Human Rights Council that was the first by a UN body on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Press release
    Sep 25, 2014
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmation that future host city contracts will include an antidiscrimination requirement is an important step toward greater respect for human rights in global sport.
  • Press release
    Sep 24, 2014

    The Malaysian government should urgently seek the repeal of all laws and regulations that discriminate against transgender people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. 

  • Dispatches
    Sep 23, 2014
  • Commentary
    Sep 22, 2014

    It is apt too that my country took the initiative at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 by tabling a precedent-setting resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. This resulted in a report on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide. A heated council debate on that report in 2012 made the simple point that LGBT rights are human rights, and should be part of the routine work of the council.

  • UPR
    Sep 17, 2014
  • Commentary
    Sep 11, 2014

    Growing up with two moms in the San Francisco Bay Area, I thought a family was defined by loud dinners, birthday parties, overprotective parents and unconditional love.

  • Press release
    Sep 10, 2014
    President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia should not sign a new Criminal Code amendment that would increase the punishment for “aggravated homosexuality” to life in prison, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Sep 9, 2014
    Egyptian authorities should immediately release seven men arrested on September 6, 2014 for allegedly “inciting debauchery,” Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Oral statement
    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.
  • Commentary
    Sep 6, 2014

    For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and liberation. 

  • Letter
    Aug 25, 2014

    Human Rights Watch has followed the discussion about the issue of same sex marriage and whether it should be introduced in Australia for years now. I invite you to look back at a country which has been through the same discussions and soul searching about 15 years ago. Several of the experiences in the Netherlands are relevant for your inquiry.

  • Commentary
    Aug 7, 2014
    The country's infamous anti-homosexuality law has been struck down, but homophobia is still dangerously enshrined in the country's penal code.
  • Commentary
    Aug 1, 2014
    Uganda’s constitutional court took a positive step when it ruled today that the dreaded Anti-Homosexuality Act is unconstitutional. The judges ruled on procedure rather than substance – they said the lack of quorum in parliament on the day of the vote violated the legislative process.
  • Commentary
    Jul 24, 2014

    Recent attention has focused on innovative medical developments that could dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections. But ensuring access to health care and medication so that people can benefit from these developments is equally important.

  • Press release
    Jul 21, 2014

    An executive order signed by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2014, is a significant step toward ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Dispatches
    Jul 15, 2014
  • Dispatches
    Jul 15, 2014
  • Press release
    Jul 14, 2014
    Brazil should speak out in support of human rights in Russia and Russia’s independent activists at the BRICS summit.
  • Press release
    Jul 11, 2014
    The decision of the Ugandan High Court published on July 9, 2014, endorsing the government closure of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights workshop violates the right to freedom of assembly, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Jul 8, 2014
    A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six defendants in the case in central Morocco were convicted on charges that included “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” under penal code article 489.
  • Commentary
    Jul 7, 2014

    South Africa’s inexplicable support for a regressive resolution at the UN Human Rights Council brings into question its commitment to gender equality and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

  • Press release
    Jun 29, 2014
    Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law has served as a tool for anti-gay discrimination in the year since it entered into force, even though Russian authorities have fined only four people for violating it.
  • Commentary
    Jun 28, 2014

    ”The state should stay out of my underwear. Why should I let my healthy body be operated upon, only because the law requires me to do so?”

  • Commentary
    Jun 25, 2014
    In February, President Obama announced that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s signing the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law would “complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.” On June 19, the US finally announced what those “complications” look like: visa sanctions for human rights abusers, including for violations of LGBTI rights and those involved in public corruption, a $2.4 million cut in U.S. aid to the police, reallocation of some funds for the Health Ministry to nongovernmental groups, and the cancellation of plans to conduct an East African “military aviation exercise” in Uganda.
  • Press release
    Jun 24, 2014
    The Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland have moved to improve the rights of transgender people. However, each country retains some requirements that undermine the right of transgender people to have their identity reflected in law.
  • Press release
    Jun 23, 2014
    An Islamic law court in Malaysia has sentenced 16 transgender women to seven days in prison and a fine for “cross dressing,” in violation of their rights to freedom of expression and privacy, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Press release
    Jun 20, 2014
    The opening of the new Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is an important milestone to increase awareness of national and global human rights issues in the United States.
  • Press release
    Jun 18, 2014
    The Luxembourg House of Representatives, in approving a bill on June 18, 2014, to legalize same-sex marriage, has moved to guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination based on sexual orientation, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dispatches
    Jun 17, 2014
  • UPR
    Jun 16, 2014
    The human rights situation in Kenya has deteriorated over the past five years and the government has failed to make substantial progress on key reforms. The lack of accountability for serious violations by police and other security forces remains a profound concern. Credible allegations of extrajudicial killings, torture, mass arbitrary detentions and extortion by police have not been investigated or prosecuted.
  • Letter
    Jun 16, 2014
    We write to follow up on our earlier correspondence, dated October 16, 2013, and annexed to this letter. In the past year you have made clear that you envisage a Church of and for the poor. Your actions bring to mind the words of Gaudium et Spes: “The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.”
  • Commentary
    Jun 12, 2014
    If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record.
  • Press release
    May 30, 2014

    The US government’s decision to lift a discriminatory ban on Medicare coverage for gender reassignment surgery is an important step toward health care equity for transgender people, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Dispatches
    May 20, 2014
  • Press release
    May 16, 2014

    Africans who in recent years have stood up for human rights and spoken out against homophobia deserve greater recognition, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • Press release
    May 14, 2014
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on December 20, 2013, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.
  • Press release
    May 13, 2014

    Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws.

  • Fact Sheet
    May 9, 2014
  • Commentary
    Apr 28, 2014
    In Syria’s savage war, it seems incongruous to single out the experiences of one group. Yet many gay men there face a double threat: They’re being persecuted by the Syrian army and by militant groups while their families often reject them, or worse.
  • Dispatches
    Apr 24, 2014
  • Press release
    Apr 22, 2014
    (Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature” laws, which are used to harass lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 16, 2014, the Louisiana State House of Representatives voted 66 to 27 to reject House bill 12, which would have repealed the US state’s anti-sodomy law. The law was enacted in 1805.
  • Dispatches
    Apr 15, 2014
  • Press release
    Apr 6, 2014
    The Kyrgyz authorities should immediately halt the recent backsliding on human rights and take steps to protect freedom of speech, association, and assembly. On April 8, 2014, Kyrgyzstan’s human rights record will come under scrutiny during the annual EU-Kyrgyzstan human rights dialogue, as well as by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will decide whether to grant Kyrgyzstan “partnership for democracy” status.
  • Letter
    Apr 2, 2014
    Ahead of the 4th European Union (EU)-Africa Summit on April 2-3, 2014 in Brussels, African and European civil society call on you to ensure that human rights are put at the centre of discussions aimed at “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”. Seven years after the adoption of an ambitious Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), the Summit provides an opportunity for both continents' leaders to show that real ambition means aiming at tangible human rights improvements and taking measurable steps to fulfill them.
  • Memorandum
    Mar 31, 2014
    The European Union (EU)-Africa summit provides an important opportunity to highlight crucial human rights developments in both Africa and Europe. Progress is being made on many human rights issues in an array of countries, but daunting challenges remain. The summit agenda includes both democracy and governance and peace and security, two broad topics that include a range of human rights concerns.
  • Press release
    Mar 27, 2014

    The sponsors of a discriminatory and stigmatizing draft bill to curtail lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights should withdraw it from Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • Commentary
    Mar 13, 2014

    On March 7, Malaysia's opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, was sentenced to five years in prison for sodomy. This is just the latest iteration in a long and unfortunate history of using sodomy laws against political rivals.

  • Press release
    Mar 11, 2014
    A diverse group of Ugandan individuals and nongovernmental organizations filed a constitutional challenge to the Anti-Homosexuality Act on March 11, 2014. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law on February 24.
  • Press release
    Feb 26, 2014

    The governor of the US state of Arizona should veto a bill that would allow business services to be refused to same-sex couples and permit a “religious belief” defense in discrimination suits brought by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Press release
    Feb 24, 2014
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law is a deeply worrying infringement on the human rights of all Ugandans. The law, signed by Museveni in Kampala on February 24, 2014, increases penalties for some forms of consensual same-sex conduct between adults; curtails constitutionally protected rights to privacy, family life, and equality; and violates internationally protected rights to freedom of association and expression.
  • Press release
    Feb 19, 2014
    Uganda’s pending Anti-Homosexuality bill violates the country’s human rights obligations and is a barrier to advancing critical public health goals. Uganda’s parliament passed the bill on December 20, 2013, and President Yoweri Museveni has indicated that he intends to sign the bill.
  • Press release
    Feb 17, 2014
    Police in several Russian cities interrupted or stopped small, peaceful civic demonstrations, limiting freedom of expression and assembly as the Winter Olympic Games kicked off in Sochi on February 7. The Russian government should stop arbitrarily detaining peaceful protesters, and the International Olympic Committee should take up cases of activists held.
  • Press release
    Feb 11, 2014
    The Malaysian government should drop its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged consensual homosexual relations.
  • Press release
    Feb 5, 2014
    Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina should publicly condemn an attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists during an LGBT cultural event in Sarajevo on February 1, 2014. The authorities should bring the attackers to justice and make certain that LGBT activists get the protection they need.
  • Press release
    Feb 3, 2014
    The Russian authorities need to address a deteriorating situation of widespread and concerted abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and activists. The authorities’ failure to act and some officials’ homophobic comments expose LGBT people to further harassment and violence and embolden the attackers, Human Rights Watch research found.
  • Press release
    Jan 31, 2014
    Corporate sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics should act now to urge Russia to halt the rising tide of discrimination, harassment and threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, 40 of the world’s leading human rights and LGBT groups said today, in an unusual joint open letter.
  • Press release
    Jan 29, 2014
    Police in Kyrgyzstan have extorted, threatened, arbitrarily detained, beaten, and sexually abused gay and bisexual men, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Commentary
    Jan 27, 2014
    President Vladimir Putin's widely reported statement to a group of volunteers in Sochi on January 17 that "gay sex is not a crime in Russia, so gay people can feel calm, at ease, but leave children in peace, please" was highly offensive.
  • Press release
    Jan 21, 2014

    The US Congress should build on the progress made in 2013 and enact immigration reform early in the new year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.

  • Press release
    Jan 14, 2014
    The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill signed into law on January 7, 2014, by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria is a sweeping and dangerous piece of legislation, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dispatches
    Jan 11, 2014
  • Dispatches
    Jan 9, 2014