Impact of the “War on Drugs” on Children in the Philippines

The 48-page report, “‘Our Happy Family Is Gone’: Impact of the ‘War on Drugs’ on Children in the Philippines,” details the plight of children whose parents or guardians have been killed. Many children have suffered psychological distress, and all experienced economic hardship made worse by the death of a family breadwinner. The increased poverty and trauma have led many children to leave school or compelled them to work. Some children who lost a family member have faced bullying in their school and community. Some were forced to live on the streets.


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  • Cameroon’s Mass Forced Return and Abuse of Nigerian Refugees

    This report documents that since early 2015, Cameroonian soldiers have tortured, assaulted, and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers in remote border areas, denied them access to the UN refugee agency, and summarily deported, often violently, tens of thousands to Nigeria.

  • The Impact of Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act

    This report shows how the law, which took effect in January 2014, is used by some police officers and members of the public to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including widespread extortion, mob violence, arbitrary arrest, torture in detention, and physical and sexual violence.

  • Attacks on Education in Northeast Nigeria

    This report documents Boko Haram’s increasingly brutal assaults on schools, students, and teachers since 2009 in Borno, Yobe, and Kano states. Between 2009 and 2015, Boko Haram’s attacks destroyed more than 910 schools and forced at least 1,500 more to close.

  • Boko Haram Attacks and Security Force Abuses in Nigeria

    This 98-page report catalogues atrocities for which Boko Haram has claimed responsibility. It also explores the role of Nigeria’s security forces, whose own alleged abuses contravene international human rights law and might also constitute crimes against humanity.

  • The Record of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

    This 65-page report analyzes the record of the commission, Nigeria’s most important anti-corruption agency. Since the commission was established in December 2002, it has publicly challenged the longtime ironclad impunity of Nigeria’s political elite – an accomplishment without precedent in Nigeria.
  • Corruption and Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force

    This 102-page report documents the myriad forms of police corruption in Nigeria. It also shows how institutionalized extortion, a profound lack of political will to reform the force, and impunity combine to make police corruption a deeply embedded problem.
  • Submission to the Investigative Bodies on the November 28-29, 2008 Violence in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

    Human Rights Watch testified before the Plateau State Judicial Commission of Inquiry on July 20, 2009 in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in central Nigeria, where on November 28-29, 2008, sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian mobs left hundreds dead.
  • The Human Rights Impact and Causes of Post-Election Violence in Rivers State, Nigeria

    This 55-page report is based on a two-week research mission that included interviews with victims, politicians, gang leaders, and law enforcement officials.

  • Violence, “Godfathers” and Corruption in Nigeria

    This 123-page report documents the most important human rights dimensions of the Nigerian crisis of governance: politicians and other political elites openly encoura
  • Human Rights Abuse and Threats to Free and Fair Elections in Nigeria

    In 1999, Nigeria made a definitive break with a post-independence history dominated by three decades of abusive and unaccountable military rule.
  • This briefing paper outlines some of the key questions that candidates should consider if they are to tackle the human rights situation in the country: corruption; ethnic and political violence; reform of the security services; and reform of the electoral machinery.
  • The Human Rights Impact of Local Government Corruption and Mismanagement in Rivers State, Nigeria

    This 107-page report details the misuse of public funds by local officials in the geographic heart of Nigeria’s booming oil industry, and the harmful effects on primary education and basic health care.
  • Government Discrimination Against “Non-Indigenes” in Nigeria

    This 64-page report documents the harmful impact of discriminatory policies against those citizens defined as "non-indigenes" in Nigeria. These policies have a harmful impact on the human rights of many Nigerians and are in violation of the Nigerian constitution and international human rights law.