• Apr 3, 2015
    Azerbaijan isn't so welcoming to human rights observers; Indiana's new law makes it easier to discriminate; and Bahrain's government shows again just how tolerant it is of criticism - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches...
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Apr 1, 2014
  • Mar 21, 2014
    Human Rights Watch welcomes that Malta has, as discussed through the UPR process, made considerable steps since the previous UPR towards improving its reception system for asylum seekers, including by making asylum accessible and improving conditions of detention. Yet we deeply regret that Malta continues to subject migrants and asylum seekers arriving by boat to automatic detention. While there are currently some limited paths available to challenge detention in Malta, these are insufficient to meet Malta’s legal obligations to avoid arbitrary detention.
  • Dec 28, 2013
    Thanks to a ruling on December 13 from the European Court of Human Rights, thousands of mig­rants and asylum seekers arbitrarily detained in Malta each year may finally have a way to challenge their imprisonment.
  • Nov 26, 2013
    This week, millions will set out for Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates how refugees from religious persecution found freedom in a new land. I’ll be one of those traveling. Of course, I’ll be travelling legally, with the right paperwork. Most of us can't imagine how much harder it is to cross international borders if you can’t get your papers in order. Yet millions of people fleeing war and instability, or fearing persecution from their own government, don’t have the luxury of applying for passports and waiting for visas.
  • Oct 23, 2013
  • Oct 23, 2013
    European Union heads of state meeting in Brussels on October 24 and 25, 2013, should urgently adopt measures to improve sea rescues of migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach Europe. The summit should also pledge more measures to facilitate access for refugees from Syria and protect their rights as they increasingly turn to dangerous boat migration.
  • Oct 14, 2013
    A special session could provide the Human Rights Council with an opportunity to ask a group of Special Procedures to develop guidelines on how to increase protection for migrants at sea and prevent violations of their rights. There are several grey areas in international law and its application to migrants at sea that would benefit from clarification by UN human rights experts.
  • Oct 10, 2013
    This submission focuses on the detention of unaccompanied migrant children in Malta.