• The Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Laos has received a decade of international support from the United States, the United Nations, and other donors. But inside the center, detainees are held without due process, and many are locked in cells inside barbed wire compounds. Joseph Amon, Director of Health and Human Rights at Human Rights Watch, reports.

  • Feb 6, 2014
    Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of Iraqi women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse. Iraq’s weak judiciary, plagued by corruption, frequently bases convictions on coerced confessions, and trial proceedings fall far short of international standards. Many women were detained for months or even years without charge before seeing a judge.
  • Jan 6, 2014
    Thailand’s government should urgently send ethnic Rohingya children from Burma and their families to safe and open family shelters. New research documents abuses by Thai authorities, who should take action against camps in southern Thailand used for trafficking Rohingya and punish officials complicit in abuse.

Reports

Detention Centers

  • Jun 20, 2014
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the release before completion of their sentences of a number of people convicted on politically-motivated charges for their non-violent exercise of their human rights. They include Nguyen Huu Cau (released on March 21), Nguyen Tien Trung and Vi Duc Hoi (both released on April 12). Another political prisoner, Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu, was temporarily released on April 6, 2014 for medical treatment in the United States.
  • Jun 6, 2014
    Cambodia has become engulfed in an intensified human rights crisis after National Assembly elections on July 28, 2013. Final results announced by the National Election Committee (NEC), a body controlled by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), gave a majority to the CPP. The CPP has been in power since 1979, despite losing United Nations-administered elections in 1993. Independent domestic and international election observers concluded that successive National Assembly elections which the CPP claimed to have won in 1998, 2003, and 2008 lacked credibility.
  • Feb 6, 2014
    Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of Iraqi women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse. Iraq’s weak judiciary, plagued by corruption, frequently bases convictions on coerced confessions, and trial proceedings fall far short of international standards. Many women were detained for months or even years without charge before seeing a judge.
  • Jan 6, 2014
    Thailand’s government should urgently send ethnic Rohingya children from Burma and their families to safe and open family shelters. New research documents abuses by Thai authorities, who should take action against camps in southern Thailand used for trafficking Rohingya and punish officials complicit in abuse.
  • 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.
  • Dec 18, 2013
    Scattered across Cambodia are eight "drug treatment" centres. Each holds between 40 and 400 people whom the government claims are receiving treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependency.
  • Dec 5, 2013
    Tunisia should amend laws governing the arrest, interrogation, and initial detention of suspects, and improve conditions in jails, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lack of access to a lawyer during arrest and interrogation leaves people vulnerable to mistreatment, and some jails fail to meet basic standards for nutrition, shelter, and hygiene.
  • Oct 10, 2013
    This submission focuses on the detention of unaccompanied migrant children in Malta.
  • Oct 3, 2013
    On the occasion of the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, to be held on October 3 and 4, 2013, in New York, we write to urge participating states to take measures to strictly limit the use of immigration detention worldwide.
  • Sep 29, 2013
    States often detain children without adequate attention to international law and in conditions that can be inhumane and damaging. Asylum-seeking and refugee children must be treated first and foremost as children, with their rights and protection needs given priority in all migration policies.