• June 29, 2015
    Today, Venezuela will appear before the UN Human Rights Committee, which will review its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • June 29, 2015
  • June 26, 2015
    Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and release unconditionally 14 student activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule.
  • June 26, 2015
    The suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait City on June 26, 2015, was a callous and despicable act that should be universally condemned. The attack killed at least 25 worshipers and wounded more than 200 others.
  • June 26, 2015
  • June 26, 2015

    The United States Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2015, that the US Constitution grants same-sex couples the right to marry is a landmark win for marriage equality in the US that could foster change around the globe, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • June 26, 2015
    Human Rights Watch has over 190 staff tweeting human rights developments from around the world. Here are some of their most popular tweets from the last seven days.
  • June 26, 2015
    Hungary plans a new wall in Europe; Julian Assange remains effectively imprisoned; and Ethiopia's ruling party inexplicably wins 100% of the vote in recent national elections - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches...
  • June 26, 2015
    Lebanese authorities should adopt wide-ranging measures to combat torture, including creating a national monitoring body for detention facilities, Human Rights Watch said today on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Recently leaked videos show Internal Security Forces (ISF) officers torturing inmates in Roumieh prison.
  • June 25, 2015
    The Vietnamese government’s persecution of ethnic Montagnard Christians in Vietnam’s Central Highlands reflects broader rights violations against religious minorities in the country.
  • June 25, 2015
    The June 18, 2015 beating of lawyer Wang Quanzhang by court police in Shandong province underscores the perilous environment in China for lawyers who vigorously represent clients or issues unpopular with authorities, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • June 25, 2015

    Preemptively closing investigations into serious human rights violations during the 2010-2011 post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire would be a step backward in the fight against impunity, Human Rights Watch and International Federation for Human Rights said in a joint letter to President Alassane Ouattara. The letter, signed by 19 groups, was sent amid reports that the government has ordered the Special Investigative and Examination Cell, the body responsible for investigations into the post-election crisis, to finish its work in two key human rights cases by June 30, 2015.

  • June 25, 2015
  • June 25, 2015
    The governments of Thailand and Burma should immediately end discrimination and other rights abuses against the Moken, sea nomads who are among the few remaining hunter-gatherer populations in Southeast Asia. Approximately 3,000 Moken live mostly on small boats within the Mergui archipelago along Burma’s southern coast, while another 800 are settled in Thailand.
  • June 25, 2015
  • June 24, 2015
    Cambodian authorities should immediately release more than 100 people arbitrarily detained in Phnom Penh as part of the city’s preparation for major public ceremonies. The government marked the death of longtime Ruling Party and Senate President Chea Sim and the Queen Mother’s birthday on the week of June 15, 2015.
  • June 24, 2015
    The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to scale back its use of family immigration detention could help thousands of children and mothers who are fleeing persecution, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • June 24, 2015
    Police in Armenia used force to disperse a largely peaceful protest on June 23, 2015, raising concerns about potential human rights violations.
  • June 24, 2015
    Josh Gravens’ childhood was turned on its head when he was reported to authorities at the age of 12 for inappropriately touching his younger sister. He ended up spending 14 years on a register for sex offenders and eventually became an advocate for youths in similar situations.
  • June 24, 2015
  • June 24, 2015
    Politicians are not well known for going out of their way to change their attitudes. Yet the plight of refugees is spurring them to do just that. Politicians need to convince voters that refugees are not a burden, but people in need of protection, with names and rights, who should be treated with respect. Moreover, equitably distributing refugees in the EU means that European politicians will have to give up their national egoism. Can they rise to the challenge?
  • June 24, 2015
  • June 24, 2015
    German authorities should urgently investigate the detention of the Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour in Berlin.
  • June 24, 2015
  • June 24, 2015
    Nguyen Dang Minh Man’s story reminds us that Vietnam’s record on human rights remains deeply troubling.
  • June 24, 2015
    Extensive previously unpublished evidence implicates many Colombian army generals and colonels in widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008.
  • June 24, 2015
    European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker should underscore the EU’s Strategic Framework on Human Rights by placing those issues at the center of the EU-China summit, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today. The summit will be held in Brussels on June 29, 2015.
  • June 24, 2015
    European Union leaders should make an unambiguous and united commitment to ensuring that people fleeing war and persecution will find refuge in Europe. Heads of state from the 28 EU countries will meet in Brussels on June 25 and 26, 2015, to discuss European Commission proposals for a “European Agenda on Migration.”
  • June 24, 2015
    Japan’s international aid agency should do much more to promote and protect human rights both at the policy level and in its projects, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Akihiko Tanaka of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
  • June 23, 2015
  • June 23, 2015
  • June 23, 2015
    Russian authorities on June 22, 2015, blocked the website of a consumer protection group that had called Crimea an “occupied territory”. The action and other harassment of the group violate the right to freedom of expression. The authorities should stop blocking the group’s website and end their continuing assault on free expression online.
  • June 23, 2015
    Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International called on United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a June 23, 2015 letter to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate torture and other violations of US law in connection with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s detention and interrogation program. The letter was attached to petitions signed by 111,788 concerned individuals supporting appointment of a special prosecutor.
  • June 23, 2015
  • June 22, 2015
    Large numbers of children from war-torn countries, often traveling alone, are fleeing abuses in their home countries to seek safety in the European Union.
  • June 22, 2015
    Influential governments and organizations should apply diplomatic, political, and economic pressure on all parties to the Israel-Palestine conflict to carry out the Gaza Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.
  • June 22, 2015

    Singapore authorities should exonerate a 16-year-old convicted for a blog and video post about the death of Singapore’s founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Amos Yee Pang Sang has a sentencing hearing on June 23, 2015, and faces up to three years in prison or 18 months in a juvenile detention center. On May 12 a court found Yee guilty of uploading an allegedly obscene image and making remarks deemed “insulting to religion” in a video.

  • June 22, 2015
    The World Bank Group has done little to prevent or dissuade governments from intimidating critics of the projects it funds, or monitor for reprisals, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • June 22, 2015

    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.

  • June 22, 2015
  • June 22, 2015
    Police allegedly used excessive force against protesters, bystanders, and a journalist during a May 5, 2015 demonstration in Skopje. The Macedonian authorities should investigate the allegations and ensure the right to peaceful assembly.
  • June 22, 2015
    Iraq’s parliament should turn down a proposal to allow the justice minister, rather than the president, to ratify execution orders.
  • June 22, 2015

    A Sharia (Islamic law) court in Malaysia has sentenced nine transgender women to fines, and two to one-month jail terms under a discriminatory law that prohibits “a male person posing as a woman,” Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • June 21, 2015
    Kuwaiti authorities should immediately revoke a decree that effectively closed down the Kuwait chapter of Transparency International. The decree is the latest evidence of a government clampdown on peaceful criticism and free speech.
  • June 21, 2015
    A bill to establish a state paid family leave insurance program made headway in New York this year. This bill would provide workers in New York state with up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member or address certain issues arising from military service. If this program is adopted, workers would receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage while on leave, up to a cap. The benefit would be financed solely through employee payroll deductions of up to 45 cents per week.
  • June 19, 2015
    This week, tensions came to a boil as the government threatened to end its yearlong moratorium on deportations, and begin removing hundreds of thousands of undocumented Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.
  • June 19, 2015
  • June 19, 2015
    South Africa lets a fugitive go - at what cost?; the Dominican Republic may expel its own citizens; and the cost of war on children - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches...
  • June 19, 2015
    Human rights abuses in their home countries are the driving force behind the surge in boat migration in the Mediterranean to reach Europe. EU leaders should put human rights at the heart of its response. EU leaders will meet on June 25 and 26, 2015, to discuss European Commission proposals toward a “European Migration Agenda.”
  • June 18, 2015
    Extensive civilian casualties caused by the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities around the globe show the urgent need for countries to agree to curb the use of these weapons in populated areas, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.