Honor killings, domestic violence, and repression are threatening women’s rights in many countries around the world. Plus, the dark legacy of Fidel Castro’s abuse lives on in Cuba. Saudi Arabia began 2016 with its largest mass execution in decades. And Ethiopia’s crackdown reached new, violent heights, as unprecedented protests continue to sweep the country.
2016 was a tumultuous year. Human Rights Watch documented war crimes, government repression of rights, political crackdowns on free speech and expression, and ongoing crises around the world. These are the most read stories of the year from across our global reporting.