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Young People, Sexual Health Education, and HPV in Alabama

The 65-page report, “‘It Wasn’t Really Safety, It Was Shame’: Young People, Sexual Health Education, and HPV in Alabama,” documents the Alabama state government’s failure to provide young people with comprehensive, inclusive, and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health. Human Rights Watch also found that the state is not addressing barriers to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – an effective tool to prevent several types of cancer – and that vaccination rates throughout Alabama remain low.

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  • Barriers to the Right to Education for LGBT Youth in Vietnam

    The 65-page report, “‘My Teacher Said I Had a Disease’: Barriers to the Right to Education for LGBT Youth in Vietnam,” documents how LGBT youth in Vietnam face stigma and discrimination at home and at school over myths such as the false belief that same-sex attraction is a diagnosable, treatable, and curable mental healt

  • Failure to Uncover the Fate of Syria’s Missing

    This report highlights 27 cases of individuals or groups apprehended by ISIS and last heard of in its custody before the group’s military defeat.

  • Atrocities Against Civilians in Central Mali, 2019

    Most civilians were the targets of deliberate attacks, while others were killed by explosive devices indiscriminately placed on roadways.

  • United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse

    The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador.

  • Tanzania’s Anti-LGBT Crackdown and the Right to Health

    This report documents how since 2016 the government of Tanzania has cracked down on LGBT people and the community-based organizations that serve them.

  • Rwanda’s Abusive Detention of Children

    This report documents the arbitrary detention of street children for periods of up to six months at Gikondo Transit Center, in Kigali, the capital. It follows three Human Rights Watch reports in 2006, 2015, and 2016 on transit centers, including Gikondo, where ill-treatment and beatings are common.

  • Social Control and Abuses by Armed Groups in Colombia’s Arauca Province and Venezuela’s Apure State

    This report documents violations by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Patriotic Forces of National Liberation (FPLN), and a group that emerged from the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

  • Accelerating Supply Chain Transparency in the Apparel and Footwear Industry

    This report describes how dozens of brands and retailers are publicly disclosing information about their supplier factories. This has become a widely accepted step toward better identifying and addressing labor abuses in garment supply chains. 

  • Israel’s Use of Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians in the West Bank

    This report evaluates Israeli military orders that criminalize nonviolent political activity, including protesting, publishing material “having a political significance,” and joining groups “hostile” to Israel.

  • A Roadmap for Ending Exploitation, Abuse of Talibés in Senegal

    This report analyzes the Senegalese government’s policy, programming, and judicial efforts from 2017 to 2019 to address abuses against talibé children living in traditional Quranic boarding schools. It sets out a roadmap to end forced begging and abusive conditions in the Quranic schools, known as daaras.

  • Abuses Related to the 2020 Election Levy in Burundi

    This report documents the campaign by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy party (Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces de défense de la démocratie, CNDD-FDD) with the youth wing and local officials to collect “voluntary” contributions from the po

  • Denial of Education for Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh

    This report documents how Bangladesh prohibits aid groups in the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district from providing Rohingya children with accredited or formal education. There is no secondary-level education, and groups are barred from teaching the Bengali language and using the Bangladesh curriculum.

  • European Development Banks’ Link to Abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Palm Oil Industry

    This report documents that investment banks owned by Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are failing to protect the rights of people working and living on three plantations they finance. Human Rights Watch found that Feronia and its subsidiary in Congo, Plantations et Huileries du Congo, S.A.

  • Sudan’s Violent Crackdown on Protesters in Khartoum

    This report documents Sudanese security forces’ attack on the protesters’ sit-in camp in Khartoum on June 3, 2019 and in following days in other neighborhoods of the capital, Khartoum, and neighboring Bahri and Omdurman.

  • The Criminalization of Peaceful Speech in Lebanon

    This report finds that powerful political and religious figures have increasingly used the country’s criminal insult and defamation laws against people leveling accusations of corruption and reporting on the country’s worsening economic and political situation.