Reports

Police Brutality

  • Oct 27, 2014
    I write to follow up on my September 9, 2014 letter to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, in which we urged that the state of Missouri undertake a comprehensive review of law enforcement responses to the protests that began on August 9 in Ferguson. Your recent announcement of the creation of the Ferguson Commission, a panel charged with studying the “the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown,” left unclear whether the panel will address the many outstanding and serious questions about the police response to the protests.
  • Aug 14, 2014
    Protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, a predominantly African-American suburb north of St. Louis, after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.
  • Jul 28, 2014
    Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice.
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  • May 28, 2014
    Bahrain’s criminal justice system fails to deliver basic accountability and impartial justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • May 21, 2014
    We are writing to you to express our concerns and to ask for information regarding recent developments in Ward 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, and to seek clarification and further information regarding the treatment of “security prisoners” in Iran more generally.
  • May 5, 2014
    Venezuelan security forces have used unlawful force in response to antigovernment demonstrations, severely beating unarmed protesters and shooting them at point blank range, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Security forces also subjected detainees to severe physical and psychological abuse, including in some cases torture, and justice officials failed to safeguard detainees’ due process rights.
  • Apr 17, 2014
    Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria.
  • Apr 1, 2014
    A Kuwaiti prosecutor’s failure to investigate torture allegations raises questions about whether the alleged abusers of two detained brothers will escape justice.