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.
Barriers to Secondary Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan
The 61-page report, “‘I Want to Continue to Study’: Barriers to Secondary Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan,” documents increasingly difficult obstacles to education the further Syrian refugee children progress in school, with enrollment rates collapsing from nearly 90 percent in primary classes to just 25
Free Speech Under Threat in Iraq
Egyptian Security Forces’ Abuse of Children in Detention
The 43-page report, “‘No One Cared He Was A Child’: Egyptian Security Forces’ Abuse of Children in Detention,” documents abuses against 20 children between the ages of 12 and 17 when they were arrested.
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.
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.
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.
Repression Under Saudi Crown Prince Tarnishes Reforms
This report documents ongoing arbitrary and abusive practices by Saudi authorities targeting dissidents and activists since mid-2017 and total lack of accountability for those responsible for abuses.
US Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians’ Right to Health
This report documents how broad restrictions on financial transactions, coupled with aggressive rhetoric from US officials, have drastically constrained the ability of Iranian entities to finance humanitarian imports, including vital medicines and medical equipment.
Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran
This report documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country’s public school system for most children with disabilities. A major obstacle is a mandatory government medical test that can exclude them from education altogether, the groups found.
Iraq’s Failure to Manage the Water Crisis
This report found that the crisis is a result of complex factors that if left unaddressed will most likely result in future water-borne disease outbreaks and continued economic hardship. The authorities at the local and federal level have done little to address the underlying conditions causing the situation.
Government Policies Co-Opt Aid and Reconstruction Funding in Syria
This report looks at the government’s policies for and restrictions on humanitarian assistance and reconstruction and development funding to Syria.
Egyptian Security Forces and ISIS-Affiliate Abuses in North Sinai
Since 2011, the Egyptian military and police have battled ISIS-affiliated militants in North Sinai governorate.
Corporal Punishment in Lebanon’s Schools
This report finds that children suffer from corporal punishment at school because of a lack of accountability for the abusers.
Abuses against Children Suspected of ISIS Affiliation in Iraq
This report shows that Iraqi and KRG authorities often arrest and prosecute children with any perceived connection to ISIS, use torture to coerce confessions, and sentence them to prison in hasty and unfair trials.
EU Policies Contribute to Abuse of Migrants in Libya
This report documents severe overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, and lack of adequate health care. Human Rights Watch found violent abuse by guards in four official detention centers in western Libya, including beatings and whippings.