• Mar 7, 2014
    A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or a comprehensive national action plan on the violence, and made no recommendations to address accountability for police misconduct.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    The Canadian government has failed to address adequately the problem of violence against indigenous women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The government should reverse its decision rejecting appointment of a national commission of inquiry into the issue.

Reports

Domestic Violence

  • Mar 7, 2014
    A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or a comprehensive national action plan on the violence, and made no recommendations to address accountability for police misconduct.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    The Canadian government has failed to address adequately the problem of violence against indigenous women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The government should reverse its decision rejecting appointment of a national commission of inquiry into the issue.
  • Dec 10, 2013
    "You said, 'Hit me,' and he did. What do you want me to do?" A prosecutor asked Dolores, whose husband had beaten her, when she tried to file a criminal complaint against him. Dolores sat across from the prosecutor, with a bruised face, stunned at his question. She wanted him to do his job and enforce the law. She expected to be treated like any other crime victim. Instead, Dolores was sent home, where she endured eight more years of escalating physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband.
  • Nov 17, 2013
    Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should bring their national laws on domestic workers up to the standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention. All six countries should ratify the international treaty promptly.
  • Nov 11, 2013
    It’s a haunting picture. Rozsa, a young woman staying at a shelter for domestic violence survivors we visited in the Hungarian countryside, looks straight into the camera, her eyes completely drowning in deep purple and blue, those colors of abuse. Staff at the shelter gave us the pictures and her case file. It looks like she was beaten repeatedly with a fist and a whip, the imprints visible on her behind, legs and back. But she looks defiant.
  • Nov 6, 2013
    Police inaction, ineffective restraining orders, insufficient shelter spaces, and legal and policy gaps leave women survivors of domestic violence in Hungary at risk of further abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Nov 6, 2013
    “Andi,” beaten and bruised, managed to escape the apartment with her five children when her husband dashed out for more methamphetamine.
  • Sep 4, 2013
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan.
  • Sep 4, 2013
    We are writing today to share with you a briefing paper, “Afghanistan: Ending Child Marriage and Domestic Violence,”, prepared by Human Rights Watch, which sets out the statistical evidence on the harmful health and broader economic consequences of child marriage and domestic violence, and includes a set of recommended actions for your attention.
  • Sep 3, 2013
    Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers broke new ground on August 26, 2013, by passing a draft law criminalizing domestic abuse. The law, however, does not detail specific enforcement mechanisms to ensure prompt investigations of abuse allegations or prosecution of those who commit abuses.