• Refugees and persons displaced, disaster, disease outbreak, or conflict, are subject to a wide range of abuses. Individuals fleeing abuses at home have the right to leave their country freely and to seek refuge and asylum elsewhere, yet governments frequently see refugees as a threat or a burden, often meaning that refugees face many difficulties accessing health care critical to their needs.

    Natural disasters put a high burden on governments to react quickly to protect the lives of vulnerable civilians, but governments often make decisions during such times of crisis that are discriminatory and may arbitrarily and unjustifiably restrict individual rights.

  • May 20, 2015
    (Geneva) – Attacks on medical facilities, health workers, and patients have occurred in at least 17 countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest since January 2014, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report issued today. The report was released at the annual meeting of health ministers from around the world in Geneva from May 18-26, 2015.
  • May 11, 2015

Reports

Disasters and displaced populations

  • May 20, 2015
    (Geneva) – Attacks on medical facilities, health workers, and patients have occurred in at least 17 countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest since January 2014, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report issued today. The report was released at the annual meeting of health ministers from around the world in Geneva from May 18-26, 2015.
  • May 11, 2015
  • Dec 3, 2014
    Human Rights Watch has significant expertise in investigating and analyzing aid delivery in Haiti, in particular, through a human rights framework. Within weeks of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Human Rights Watch began monitoring the aid response in Haiti and human rights concerns that were emerging. In the months after the quake, Human Rights Watch raised particular concerns with the United Nations and other key actors about gaps in protection measures for women and girls in the camps and documented a few cases of sexual violence.
  • May 28, 2014
  • Oct 16, 2012

    Colombia will only achieve sustainable peace by protecting victims’ right to justice, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of peace talks between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. The talks will begin in Oslo on October 17, 2012.

  • Sep 26, 2012
    Human Rights Watch deeply regrets that the shift of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sudan from Item 4 to Item 10 was used by the Sudanese authorities to restrict the ability of the mandate holder to monitor the human rights situation in the country and to prevent the identification of human rights violations and abuses. We are concerned that this is happening while the human rights situation in the country has seriously deteriorated.
  • Apr 6, 2011
    I was not prepared to document torture and severe abuses when I started researching the human rights situation for migrants in Europe. After all, I was working on Western Europe, the developed world with a rule of law, independent judiciaries, functioning social services, and oversight bodies.
  • Mar 14, 2011
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the appointment of three high-level experts to the Commission of Inquiry for Libya and urges them to begin their investigations. Serious human rights violations are being committed in Libya, and they threaten to get much worse.
  • Mar 11, 2011
    In the face of the gravity of the current situation in Haiti, the draft policy regarding removals to Haiti is insufficient. It fails to provide a justification for the change in policy based on conditions on the ground and lacks provisions that would ensure due process. We strongly recommend that there be no further deportations to Haiti until ICE fully examines and responds to all comments to this draft policy.
  • Oct 25, 2010
    Amartya Sen famously said that famines do not occur in well-run, democratic countries. The same is almost always true for cholera epidemics.