• An outreach team from Unity Of Greater New Orleans counsels a homeless man on housing options, January 2011.
    (New York) – Louisiana state laws and practices that prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The AIDS death rate in Louisiana is more than double the US average. New Orleans police regularly interfere with sex workers who carry condoms, putting them and their clients at risk of HIV.

Reports

  • How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy
  • Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions
  • Evidence-Based Treatment for Drug Dependence at the United States Veterans Administration Department of Veterans Affairs

US Domestic Policy

  • Nov 25, 2014
  • Nov 21, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s decision to suspend the deportation of certain unauthorized migrants will protect millions of people from the corrosive threat of removal, Human Rights Watch said today. The plan outlined, while deficient in key respects, will keep eligible families intact and help immigrants resist workplace and other abuses without fear of deportation.
  • Nov 20, 2014
    The US government is summarily deporting parents of US citizen children apprehended at the border despite their deep ties to the United States. President Barack Obama’s planned executive action on immigration should include relief for family members at the border.
  • Nov 19, 2014
    Law enforcement agencies in Ferguson, Missouri should respect the public’s right to peaceful protest following the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. In the event of renewed protests, police should permit peaceful assembly and expression, refrain from using excessive force, and conduct operations with transparency and accountability.
  • Nov 14, 2014
    I urge the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685) without delay and without amendments that would weaken its provisions or add new data retention requirements.
  • Nov 14, 2014
  • Nov 13, 2014
    A US statement on compliance with the Convention against Torture on November 12, 2014, improves on previous US positions on the treaty’s application but falls short of international obligations, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Nov 13, 2014
    It’s time for the Obama administration and Congress to stop fast-tracking Central American migrants for deportation and allow them adequate opportunity to make a claim for asylum.
  • Nov 11, 2014
    The New York City Police Department’s plans, reported on November 10, 2014, to cease arresting people found with small amounts of marijuana will make an important difference in the lives of thousands of people every year. Police officers will instead issue tickets for such offenses.
  • Nov 5, 2014