• March 29, 2015
    Kuwaiti authorities broke up an opposition protest in Kuwait City on March 23, 2015, and detained 16 protesters.
  • March 28, 2015
    The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab countries that conducted airstrikes in Yemen on March 26 and 27, 2015, killed at least 11 and possibly as many as 34 civilians during the first day of bombings in Sanaa, the capital, Human Rights Watch said today. The 11 dead included 2 children and 2 women. Saudi and other warplanes also carried out strikes on apparent targets in the cities of Saada, Hodaida, Taiz, and Aden.
  • March 27, 2015
    A bill proposed in the US Senate this month could help millions of US workers get necessary leave; a pastor from Iowa has been deported after being classified a threat to public safety; and Sweden calls out Saudi Arabia's atrocious human rights abuses - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches...
  • March 27, 2015
    The United Nations Human Rights Council has missed a key opportunity to address war crimes and rights abuses by all sides to the conflict in Iraq. The council adopted a resolution on the Iraq conflict by consensus on March 27, 2015, that denounces atrocities by the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS), but failed to condemn the abuses by militias, volunteer fighters, and Iraqi forces.
  • March 27, 2015
    Human Rights Watch has over 160 staff tweeting human rights developments from around the world. Here are some of their most popular tweets from the last seven days.
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    German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products.
  • March 26, 2015
  • March 26, 2015
    On the night of Dec. 29, members of an unidentified armed group crossed the Rusizi River from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Burundi. According to local residents, some 100 to 150 well-armed men slipped across the murky river into the hills. The morning after they crossed, the armed group fought with soldiers of the Burundian National Defence Force and police in the country’s westernmost province, Cibitoke. In the four or five days that followed, the fighters scattered and broke up into groups while being hunted by the army and the police. There were some clashes and the Burundian security forces said they killed at least 95 members of the group. Two Burundian soldiers and two civilians also died.
  • March 26, 2015
    UN Human Rights Council members on March 26, 2015, took an important step in global efforts to protect privacy on the internet, as well as more broadly, Human Rights Watch said today. The council unanimously agreed to appoint a new UN special rapporteur, or expert, on the right to privacy.
  • March 26, 2015
    What to do with the Bidun, the one hundred thousand plus people that the Kuwait government claims are "illegal residents" and considers stateless? Now, it seems, Kuwait's rulers have come up with a solution to the "problem" of the Bidun, whose lack of citizenship rights despite historic ties to the country has frequently led to international criticism. Put simply, the idea seems to be to pay other countries to accord them rights that Kuwait itself will not.
  • March 26, 2015
    EU leaders should encourage president to drop anti-gay laws and free political prisoners ahead of key meeting in Brussels.
  • March 26, 2015
    Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015, based on witness accounts and an analysis of media reports. Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread from northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since February.
  • March 26, 2015
    Authorities denied many prisoners contact with their families for up to 13 days in the aftermath of violent unrest at Jaw Prison on March 10, 2015. Bahraini authorities should order an investigation into overcrowding at the prison and the circumstances of the violence.
  • March 25, 2015
    Burma’s government has failed to engage in meaningful public consultation on a draft investment law that could have a profound impact on human rights in the country.
  • March 25, 2015
    Cambodian authorities should drop trumped-up charges of “insurrection” against 11 opposition party activists.
  • March 25, 2015
  • March 25, 2015
    The first person to be resentenced under recently enacted laws in California relating to child offenders is due to be released the week of March 16, 2015, Human Rights Watch, the University of Southern California (USC) Post-Conviction Project, and the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP said today. Enforcement of the new laws is an indication that the United States is moving closer to the rest of the world in its approach to sentencing for youth, the groups said.
  • March 25, 2015
    Earlier this month, Shahindokht Molaverdi, Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, led an official delegation to the United Nations in New York to attend the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. In her March 11 speech to the commission, Molaverdi said that "the Islamic Republic of Iran has always had the empowerment of women and improving their status...on its agenda."
  • March 25, 2015
    The torture conviction in Chad on March 25 of 20 top security agents of the 1982-1990 Hissène Habré dictatorship is a victory for justice. The criminal court acquitted four others and ordered that the Chadian government and the convicted persons pay US$125 million in reparations to over 7,000 victims.
  • March 24, 2015
    When Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani addresses the US Congress this week, his government's commitment to human rights is likely to get a passing reference in his speech--but given the formidable challenges Afghanistan faces in protecting fundamental human rights, it deserves much more than that.
  • March 24, 2015
    The records of United Nations Human Rights Council members in addressing egregious rights violations in individual countries are scrutinized in the updated “VotesCount” website, Human Rights Watch announced today. The website shines a spotlight on the votes taken by members of the council on situations in individual countries during 2014.
  • March 24, 2015
  • March 23, 2015
    An Oman court on March 8, 2015, sentenced a human rights activist to three years in prison for his writings. Said Jaddad, 48, a prominent pro-reform blogger, is being held at the detention facility in the southern city of Salalah.
  • March 23, 2015
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and United States President Barack Obama should make human rights issues a key agenda item during meetings the week of March 23, 2015.
  • March 23, 2015
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    Houthi forces and others in Yemen have committed a spate of attacks and other abuses against the media amid deteriorating political and security conditions.
  • March 22, 2015
    Opposition armed groups in Syria have indiscriminately attacked civilians in government-held territory with car bombs, mortars, and rockets, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The attacks have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and destroyed civilian infrastructure in violation of the laws of war.
  • March 22, 2015
    The Cambodian government should act on charges issued against criminal suspects by an international judge at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, or the United Nations should withdraw its participation from the court and international donors should end their funding.
  • March 22, 2015
    The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) new requirements that host cities commit to human rights reforms will be tested when its Evaluation Commission visits China on March 24-28, 2015.
  • March 22, 2015
    Proposed new courtroom rules could block the ability of defense lawyers to call witnesses for trials in Egypt. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should reject the new rules.
  • March 22, 2015
    Leaders of the European Union, France, Germany, and Switzerland should raise pressing human rights concerns and seek commitments to address them from Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev. The Kyrgyzstan leader is visiting Brussels and European capitals from March 22 to April 1, 2015.
  • March 20, 2015
    The Afghan government should investigate the failure of police in Kabul to prevent a mob from beating to death a woman with a reported psychosocial disability.
  • March 20, 2015
  • March 20, 2015
    Sweden calls out Saudi Arabia's atrocious human rights abuses; this year's NY St. Patrick's Day parade had a new addition; and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma made some bizarre comments about teen pregnancy - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches...
  • March 20, 2015
    What happens when a world-class institution dedicated to the free exchange of ideas meets up with a government that doesn’t share those values?
  • March 20, 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.

  • March 20, 2015

    Human Rights Watch and several partners, The New York City Bar Association, US; Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”), Canada; The National Council for Civil Liberties (“Liberty”), UK; Legal Resources Centre (“LRC”), South Africa; Center for Legal and Social Studies (“CELS”), and La Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans (“FALGBT”), Argentina; submitted an Amicus Brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case Obergefell v. Hodges about marriage equality.     

  • March 19, 2015
    The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately order an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance of Salah Uddin Ahmed, spokesperson and joint-secretary of the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
  • March 19, 2015
  • March 19, 2015
    Government and Russia-backed rebel forces repeatedly used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine in January and February 2015, killing at least 13 civilians, including at least two children. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the weapon’s indiscriminate nature and may constitute a war crime.
  • March 18, 2015
    Cambodia’s government should improve enforcement of its labor law to remedy rights violations in the garment industry, said Human Rights Watch in a March 17, 2015 letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The government should improve coordination between different ministries to ensure that all garment factories are registered and regularly monitored by labor inspectors.
  • March 18, 2015
    Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of suspects while they were held incommunicado in military custody.
  • March 18, 2015
    The despicable attack in the Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18, 2015, killing at least 22 foreign tourists and Tunisians, will test efforts by the Tunisian authorities to build a rights-respecting society, Human Rights Watch said today. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the assault at the museum, much visited by tourists because of its rich archaeological collection.
  • March 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.
  • March 18, 2015
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    The arrest of at least 26 activists and others in Kinshasa on March 15, 2015, raises serious concerns of a broader crackdown on free expression before the 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo presidential elections.
  • March 18, 2015
    Militias, volunteer fighters, and Iraqi security forces engaged in deliberate destruction of civilian property after these forces, following US and Iraqi air strikes, forced the retreat of Islamic State fighters (also known as ISIS) from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas in early September 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Iraqi government should rein in the militias and countries participating in the fight against ISIS, including the United States and Iran, should ensure military operations and other related support in the fight against ISIS are not paving the way for such abuses.
  • March 17, 2015
    Moroccan authorities should request the release of two civilians who have been held for unreasonably long periods awaiting military court trials, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the justice and liberties minister and the minister-delegate for national defense.
  • March 17, 2015
    The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately order an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance of Salah Uddin Ahmed, spokesperson and joint-secretary of the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP).