In the News

  • Justice for Women and Girls with Disabilities
    The Gardiner Museum - Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM | 111 Queen's Park One in seven people worldwide lives with a disability. Yet, despite their numbers, people with disabilities - particularly women - remain invisible: neglected, abused and isolated, facing insurmountable obstacles to accessing justice and equal rights. Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of Disability Rights at Human Rights Watch, will share her experiences documenting violence against women and girls with disabilities in different parts of the world and some of the efforts underway to give these women a voice. $10 Gardiner Members / $15 General, Call 416.586.8080 for tickets or get them online at
    February 5, 2015
  • International Criminal Law at the Crossroads
    Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | Campbell Conference Facility | 1 Devonshire Place | Munk School for Global Affairs | University of Toronto Join us for an intimate conversation with James Stewart (LLB75), Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, & Richard Dicker, Director of International Justice Program, HRW. Just over 10 years after the ICC began hearing cases, two of the world’s most prominent international lawyers will discuss the Court’s successes and ongoing challenges. They will address the jurisdictional limitations that impede the Court’s engagement in Syria, explore whether the Court promotes “victor’s justice” or “selective justice,” and debate whether peace and justice can co-exist.
    January 8, 2015
  • Jamaica Report Release & Discussion - Thursday October 23, 2014
    6-8 PM | Alumni Hall, Victoria College | University of Toronto | 73 Queens Park Cres. E. | RSVP: Join us for the release of our report focusing on the LGBT community in Jamaica and discussion of opportunities for Canadians to respond. Featuring: Graeme Reid, LGBT Director and Rhon Reynolds, LGBT Researcher. LGBT Jamaicans face an intolerable level of violence, both physical and sexual, perpetrated on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Police investigations into such violence are often inadequate or lacking altogether. This report documents cases of such violence, in addition to cases of discrimination from government institutions, including healthcare facilities, as well as in the private sector.
    September 24, 2014
  • Inspire & Inform
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM E-Team screening at 2:00pm Please join Human Rights Watch for this unique Inform & Inspire session. Learn about our work, hear from our researchers and stay for an optional screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, the E-Team. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON Fee $50 (includes a box lunch) For tickets & more information, please contact the HRW Canada office at 416.322.8448 or Presentations By: FRED ABRAHAMS, Special Advisor AMANDA KLASING, Women’s Rights Researcher SAMER MUSCATI, Emergencies Researcher MEGHAN RHOAD, Women’s Rights Researcher
    July 29, 2014
  • The Unfinished Revolution - Contact Photography Exhibit
    MAY 8–MAY 31, 2014 OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario For more than five years, Human Rights Watch researcher Samer Muscati has been documenting some of humanity’s darkest acts, focusing his attention on the violation of the rights of women and girls around the world. Increasingly, he has explored photography’s capacities to expand our understanding of the plight and perseverance of others. Gathering the testimony of his subjects is often harrowing, and Muscati has found the medium invaluable in processing his experience, and connecting with his subjects. This exhibition pulls together the highs and lows Muscati has borne witness to, offering a moving account of the shifting fates of women and girls in a period of profound global transition.
    April 1, 2014
  • Toronto Voices for Justice Dinner - November 12, 2013
    For 35 years, Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth to create deep-rooted change. The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner honours courageous individuals who protect and defend human rights around the world. Please join us on November 12 at the 10th anniversary dinner in Toronto as we honour one such courageous individual, Hassan al Amin, with our highest tribute -- the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism -- in recognition of his unwavering, fearless commitment to human rights. The evening will be hosted by Honorary Chair Jian Ghomeshi.
    October 23, 2013
  • Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival
    Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. It begins on Tuesday, February 26 and runs through Thursday, March 7 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
    January 24, 2013
  • Indiscriminate Bombing and Abuses in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States
    The Sudanese government’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states has killed and injured scores of civilians since the conflict began more than a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on December 11. Government forces have raided villages, burned and looted civilian property, arbitrarily detained people, and assaulted and raped women and girls.
    December 12, 2012
  • Voices for Justice - Thank You!
    In 2012, Human Rights Watch is hosting 14 dinners in 9 countries across North America, Europe and Asia honouring 6 incredible human rights defenders with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. We were privileged in Toronto to recognize Sister Consuelo Morales (Mexico) for her courageous efforts to end impunity and aid victims of abuses in Mexico’s “war on drugs.” Your participation helped make Toronto’s 9th Annual Voices for Justice Dinner on Monday, November 5th a huge success. THANK YOU!
    September 27, 2012
  • Saudi Arabia: Let Women and Girls Play Sports
    As the London Olympics began, spectators around the world cheered for two Saudi women who madehistory by competing for their country--Wujdan Shahrkhani in judo and Sarah Attar in track and field. Saudi Arabia had previously sent only all-male teams to the Olympics. Human Rights Watch welcomed this as an important first step, while calling for an end to the effective ban preventing millions of Saudi women and girls from practicing sports.
    June 21, 2012