• Oct 8, 2012
    Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, spew pollutants into surrounding communities.
  • Jan 30, 2012

    Iranian authorities should immediately release dozens of labor and independent trade union activists imprisoned for speaking out peacefully in defense of workers. Convictions solely for the peaceful exercise of freedom of association and assembly should be quashed, and charges should be dropped against others facing prosecution for these reasons.

Reports

  • Mining, Regulatory Failure, and Human Rights in India
  • The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
  • Child Labor, Mercury, and Artisanal Gold Mining in Mali

Workplace Health

  • Oct 8, 2012
    Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, spew pollutants into surrounding communities.
  • Sep 10, 2012
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • Mar 6, 2012

    In his report on the right to food, the Special Rapporteur makes references to the household registration system as a source of exclusion from public benefits, to the relationship between the right to food and the right to freedom of expression, and to the difficulties posed by resettlement programs to ensuring the right to food 

  • Jan 30, 2012

    Iranian authorities should immediately release dozens of labor and independent trade union activists imprisoned for speaking out peacefully in defense of workers. Convictions solely for the peaceful exercise of freedom of association and assembly should be quashed, and charges should be dropped against others facing prosecution for these reasons.

  • Oct 25, 2011

    Human Rights Watch joined other human rights groups and health groups in issuing the following statement today following the release of a report about reproductive health by Anand Grover, the UN special rapporteur on the right to health. 

  • Jun 29, 2011
    Kimberley N., a senior manager of a non-profit organization, gave birth to a baby with a life-threatening illness. After years of stellar performance reviews, she received a scathing one immediately after returning from a short maternity leave. Her organization refused to let her reduce her schedule even slightly or to telecommute to make it easier to care for her infant. Her workplace turned so hostile that she felt she had to leave.
  • Sep 17, 2010
    Two tuberculosis patients have spent more than a month in Kenya’s Kapsabet prison after defaulting on their treatment. The sad truth is that patients get little support to help them stick to a long and difficult treatment. Locking up two TB patients - whether in a prison, or in a hospital isolation room - may seem to some like a solution, but in reality it will not improve the public health and it can set a dangerous precedent of arbitrary detention and injustice.
  • May 6, 2010
    The Dutch government is leading efforts to end child labor as the host of an international conference next week, but the government should also support binding international standards to protect domestic workers. Globally, more girls are in household work than in any other sector of child labor.
  • May 5, 2010
    Child labor is usually portrayed as a problem in poor, distant countries. But hidden in America are hundreds of thousands of children who pick the fruits and vegetables that end up in our grocery stores.