• December 18, 2014
    Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine.
  • December 18, 2014
    Oman’s security forces routinely harass, detain, and imprison rights defenders, social media users, and others critical of governmental policies.
  • December 18, 2014
    The Nepal government should ensure more victim participation and improve transparency when selecting candidates for two independent commissions on the country’s decade-long conflict, eight local and international human rights organizations and conflict-era victims groups said in an open letter to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. The groups, reiterating concerns about the act, said Koirala should narrow the scope of the amnesty powers vested in the commissions and bring them in line with international standards.
  • December 18, 2014
    The Uzbek government should free everyone imprisoned on politically motivated charges under its Constitution Day amnesty. The authorities should also carry out an effective investigation into the September 2014 death in custody of Nilufar Rahimjonova, a 37-year-old woman imprisoned on politically motivated charges.
  • December 18, 2014
    The World Bank should heed the call of 28 United Nations experts to respect and promote human rights.
  • December 18, 2014
    President Barack Obama’s historic decision to overhaul US policy toward Cuba is a crucial step toward removing a major obstacle to progress on human rights on the island.
  • December 18, 2014
    Egyptian authorities have referred hundreds of civilians to military courts based on an October 2014 decree by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. At least 820 civilians have been referred to military prosecutors in the past six weeks based on the unprecedented extension of military court authority, according to news reports compiled by Human Rights Watch.
  • December 17, 2014
    Pakistan’s government should reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty as a step toward its abolition.
  • December 17, 2014
    President Joko Widodo of Indonesia should commute the death sentences of five individuals scheduled for execution “as soon as possible” for violation of drug trafficking laws.
  • December 17, 2014
    African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, African and international organizations present at the session said. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa’s relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates.
  • December 17, 2014
    The World Bank’s internal watchdog should investigate whether bank projects are contributing to forced labor in Uzbekistan. The Cotton Campaign, a coalition of human rights, labor, investor, and business organizations dedicated to ending forced labor in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan, echoed calls that independent Uzbek groups made in a November 2014 letter to the Inspection Panel.
  • December 17, 2014
    A Danish immigration report on Eritrea that suggests changing refugee policy for Eritrean asylum seekers is deeply flawed. Denmark and other European governments should await the outcome of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, established in June 2014, before considering any major policy changes concerning Eritrea.
  • December 17, 2014
    The United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until the death penalty for drug offenses is abolished, six rights groups said in a letter published today. The groups made the plea after Iran’s judiciary hanged 18 alleged drug traffickers within 24 hours on December 3, 2014, bringing the number of drug offenders executed in the country during 2014 to at least 318.
  • December 16, 2014
    On the third anniversary of his death, former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il should be remembered for presiding over systematic crimes against humanity against his own people, including a catastrophic famine, Human Rights Watch said today. Kim Jong-Il held power for a total of 17 years as head of one of the most closed and repressive governments in the world.
  • December 16, 2014
    Kosovo’s newly formed parliament should promptly enact the legislative and constitutional changes required for the special court on post-war atrocity crimes to function.
  • December 16, 2014
    Unidentified rebel fighters have killed at least 184 civilians and wounded many others in attacks on villages in Beni territory in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October 2014. Such killings amount to war crimes.
  • December 15, 2014
    The prosecution of 35 football fans on coup-plot charges is a blatant misuse of the criminal justice system.
  • December 15, 2014
    (Bangkok) – The Thai government has failed to clean up toxic lead in a stream in western Thailand, threatening hundreds of families with serious and irreversible health problems, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Supreme Administrative Court’s order nearly two years ago to clean up Klity Creek, the first of its kind in Thailand, has been ignored by the government while villagers remain exposed to lead in water, soil, vegetables, and fish.
  • December 15, 2014
    The public detentions in Turkey of journalists that appear to be without sufficient evidence they committed a criminal offense will harm media freedom and chill free speech. On December 14, 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel
  • December 15, 2014
    Bolivia should amend several laws that undermine the rights to freedom of association and expression, due process guarantees, and children’s rights. These laws, which are incompatible with Bolivia’s international human rights obligations, were approved during Morales’ second term, from 2010 through 2014.
  • December 15, 2014

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to register as such. This list tracks the legal consequences of the law on dozens of NGOs.

  • December 15, 2014
    Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence.
  • December 15, 2014
    Heavily-armed criminals are subjecting residents of northern Côte d’Ivoire to a relentless pace of often-violent attacks on buses and private vehicles and in villages. Security forces have largely failed to protect the population or investigate the crimes.
  • December 15, 2014
    On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned regional and international organizations, firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.
  • December 14, 2014
    Sudanese government forces and allied militias are unlawfully killing and otherwise abusing civilians in government-held areas in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.
  • December 14, 2014
    The South Korean Government should immediately stop using criminal defamation laws to silence the media.
  • December 14, 2014
    Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya.
  • December 14, 2014
    Iraq’s prime minister should order stays of execution for one rival of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and an associate of another.
  • December 13, 2014
    Kenyan lawmakers should reject far-reaching new security amendments that would add new criminal offenses with harsh penalties, limit the rights of arrested and accused people, and restrict freedoms of expression and assembly.
  • December 13, 2014
    The Obama administration should increase detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay following passage of a defense bill on December 12, 2014, that preserves fewer transfer restrictions.
  • December 12, 2014
    The decision by the US tobacco company Altria Group to prohibit growers in its supply chain from hiring children under 16 could protect children working on US tobacco farms, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • December 12, 2014
    The US and Indonesian governments should declassify and make public all documents related to the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66 as a key step toward obtaining justice for those crimes.
  • December 11, 2014
    The photographer William Daniels has been awarded the fourth annual Tim Hetherington Grant, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo announced today.
  • December 11, 2014
    Ivorian authorities should promptly surrender Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC judges ruled on December 11, 2014, that the court had the authority to hear the case against her. The ICC has charged Simone Gbagbo with four counts of crimes against humanity in relation to the deadly violence that followed Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election.
  • December 11, 2014
    Multiple witnesses have described how a senior Palestinian official who died on December 10, 2014 had been assaulted by at least three Israeli border police.
  • December 11, 2014
    The Turkish government’s proposed expansion of police powers to search and detain and for the use of firearms would undermine human rights protections. A number of the proposals in a draft security bill would circumvent the role of prosecutors and judiciary in ways that directly undercut safeguards against the arbitrary abuse of power.
  • December 11, 2014
    Jordanian authorities have broken reform promises by arresting and charging activists for speech-related offenses. At least three activists were arrested in recent months and charged with speech-related offenses under vague terrorism legislation and are being tried in Jordan’s State Security Court.
  • December 10, 2014

    South Sudan should make an unequivocal commitment to justice for serious crimes committed during the brutal war that began a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should acknowledge that a purely domestic effort will not assure fair, credible trials given major deficiencies within the national courts.

  • December 10, 2014
    Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector.
  • December 10, 2014
    The top of the Empire State Building will turn a vibrant blue on December 10, 2014, to highlight Human Rights Watch’s commitment to protect and defend human rights worldwide. December 10 marks Human Rights Day, the international day to celebrate human rights around the world.
  • December 10, 2014
    Vietnam should drop all charges and immediately release bloggers Nguyen Quang Lap and Hong Le Tho, who were arrested for operating independent blogs, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • December 10, 2014

    Representatives of United Nations member countries and nongovernmental organizations celebrated Human Rights Day at UN headquarters in New York with a panel discussion, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • December 10, 2014
    The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report summary on the Central Intelligence Agency detention and interrogation program is a powerful denunciation of the agency’s extensive and systematic use of torture. The 525-page partially redacted summary, released on December 9, 2014, is part of a 6,700-page classified report that the committee has still not indicated it plans to release.
  • December 10, 2014
    (Mexico City) – The Mexican Health Ministry took an important step on December 09, 2014, to ensure access to palliative care for people suffering from pain due to incurable illness, Human Rights Watch said today. The government released long-awaited guidelines to its healthcare system that will operationalize provisions on end-of-life care outlined in Mexico’s 2009 health law.
  • December 10, 2014
    The release of the final report by Brazil’s National Truth Commission is a major step toward addressing the atrocities committed during the country’s military dictatorship (1964-1985).
  • December 10, 2014
    The Australian government should cease forced returns of Sri Lankan asylum seekers until they are provided fair, thorough, and transparent processing of their protection claims, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Law Centre, and Human Rights Watch said today. On November 29, 2014, Australian authorities turned over to Sri Lankan authorities a boat carrying 37 asylum seekers.
  • December 10, 2014
    Police and military personnel fired live ammunition at about 800 peaceful demonstrators, including women and children, in the town of Enarotali in Panai regency on December 8.
  • December 9, 2014
  • December 9, 2014
    The prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira al-Khalil, Wael Hamada, and Nazem Hammadi – the Douma Four – remain missing a year after their abduction, 54 organizations said today. The four were abducted in Douma, a city near Damascus under the control of armed opposition groups. They should be released immediately, the groups said.
  • December 8, 2014
    The US Department of Justice long-awaited reforms to its rules on racial profiling still permit discriminatory practices against minority groups and migrants. However, the new guidance allows community profiling and profiling in US border areas.