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Family Violence against People with Disabilities in Mexico

The 71-page report, “‘Better to Make Yourself Invisible’: Family Violence against People with Disabilities in Mexico,” documents the abuse and neglect many people with disabilities face at the hands of their families, with whom they are often trapped due to a lack of government support for independent living. Human Rights Watch also describes the often-insurmountable challenges people with disabilities face in accessing justice and protection from their abusers.

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  • Rule of Law and Human Rights Under Attack in Poland

    This report analyzes the negative impact on human rights, judicial independence and the rule of law resulting from legal changes introduced by the Law and Justice Party since it came into power in October 2015.

  • Security Forces Violations in Kenya’s August 2017 Elections

    This report documents excessive use of force by police, and in some cases other security agents, against protesters and residents in some of Nairobi’s opposition strongholds after the elections. 

  • Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey

    This report details credible evidence of 11 cases of serious abuse in detention, involving scores of individuals, all but one within the past seven months.

  • Torture and Unlawful Military Detention in Rwanda

    This report documents unlawful detention in military camps and widespread and systematic torture by the military.

  • Sexual Violence by Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

    This report documents 305 cases of rape and sexual slavery by members of armed groups between early 2013 and mid-2017.

  • Justice for Syria in Swedish and German Courts

    This report outlines efforts in Sweden and Germany to investigate and prosecute people implicated in war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria.

  • Jordanian Deportations and Expulsions of Syrian Refugees

    This report documents that during the first five months of 2017, Jordanian authorities deported about 400 registered Syrian refugees each month. In addition, approximately 300 registered refugees each month returned to Syria during that time under circumstances that appeared to be voluntary.

  • 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.

  • Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

    This report documents that Saudi Arabia has permitted government-appointed religious scholars and clerics to refer to religious minorities in derogatory terms or demonize them in official documents and religious rulings that influence government decision-making.

  • Civilian Casualties in Anti-ISIS Coalition Airstrikes in Syria

    This report documents coalition attacks in March on a school housing displaced families in Mansourah and a market and a bakery in Tabqa, towns west of the city of Raqqa. Human Rights Watch found that ISIS fighters were at these sites, but so were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of civilians.

  • Security Force Response to the 2016 Irreecha Cultural Festival

    This report details the Ethiopian government’s use of force in response to restive crowds at 2016’s Irreecha. Thefestival, attended by massive crowds, is the most important cultural festival to Ethiopia’s 40 million ethnic Oromos, who gather to celebrate the end of the rains and welcome the harvest.

  • Lack of Transparency in Donor Funding for Syrian Refugee Education

    This report tracks pledges made at a conference in London in February 2016.

  • Evidence of Atrocities and Cover-Up of Abuses Committed during Peru’s Armed Conflict

    This report provides an overview of existing evidence, including testimony by several soldiers that they tortured, killed, and forcibly disappeared people during military operations against armed groups in the 1990s.

  • Torture and National Security in al-Sisi's Egypt

    This report documents how security forces, particularly officers of the Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency, use torture to force suspects to confess or divulge information, or to punish them.