Reports

Orphans and Abandoned Children

  • Nov 18, 2014
    On Nov. 20 25 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but we still aren’t doing enough to protect the youngest among us.
  • Nov 18, 2014
  • Nov 17, 2014

    The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty adopted by the United Nations on November 20, 1989, establishing global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination. Countries that ratify the treaty pledge to protect children from economic and sexual exploitation, violence, and other forms of abuse and to advance the rights of children to education, health care, and a decent standard of living. The convention also addresses children’s rights to a name and nationality, to be heard, to be fairly treated when accused of offenses, when deprived of parental care, and other rights.

  • Oct 17, 2014
    Russia's policies on foreign adoptions made headlines when the government announced it would no longer allow Americans to adopt Russian children. But hidden away in Russian orphanages are thousands of children with disabilities who aren't orphans, whose harmful treatment has long been hidden from public view -- even from most Russians.
  • Sep 17, 2014
    I was sitting in a café in northern Russia making phone calls to nearby government orphanages when the woman behind the counter asked what I was doing. I explained that I was researching conditions for children with disabilities living in state institutions.
  • Sep 15, 2014
    Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they may face violence and neglect.
  • Jul 6, 2014
  • May 2, 2014
  • Dec 21, 2012
    The upper chamber of Russia’s parliament should reject a draft law that would ban US citizens from adopting Russian children and introduce new restrictions on civil society.
  • Sep 27, 2010
    Human Rights Watch would like to reiterate its strong support for the legislation, which would make it possible for all Americans to travel freely to Cuba, and remove obstacles to legal sales of US agricultural commodities to the island. Ending the travel ban is a necessary step towards ending a US policy that has failed for decades to improve human rights in Cuba.