Jewelry Companies, Changing Sourcing Practices, and Covid-19
The 84-page report, “Sparkling Jewels, Opaque Supply Chains: Jewelry Companies, Changing Sourcing Practices, and Covid-19,” scrutinizes and gives rankings to 15 jewelry and watch brands in their efforts to prevent and address human rights abuses and environmental harm in their gold and diamond supply chains. Human Rights Watch reviewed the companies’ actions since Human Rights Watch first reported on these issues in 2018. While a majority of the jewelry companies examined have taken some steps to improve their practices, most still fall short of meeting international standards.
Discrimination and Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Iran
This report documents the everyday barriers people with disabilities meet when going to government offices, healthcare centers, and when using public transportation. People with disabilities also regularly face stigma and discrimination from government social workers, healthcare workers, and others.
The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention
Based on the analysis of independent medical experts, this report examines the 15 “Detainee Death Reviews” ICE released from December 2015 through April 2017. ICE has yet to publish reviews for one other death in that period.
Discrimination in Education against Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers
This report draws on extensive Human Rights Watch research on the rights of girls in Africa. Human Rights Watch examined national laws, policies, and practices that block or support pregnant girls’ and adolescent mothers’ right to primary and secondary education in all African Union (AU) member countries.
Tunisia’s New Law on Detention, on Paper and in Practice
This report examines the actual impact of the law granting detainees the right to a lawyer as soon as they are taken into custody. Every year, the police arrest thousands of people across Tunisia.
Israeli Banks in West Bank Settlements
This report details new research on the scope of banking activities in settlements and the violations to which these activities contribute. Israel’s seven largest banks provide services to settlements.
A Lifetime of Isolation and Neglect in Institutions for People with Disabilities in Brazil
This report found that many people with disabilities enter institutions as children and remain there for their entire lives.
Abuses by Armed Islamists and Security Forces in Burkina Faso
This report documents the killings and harassment of villagers in the Sahel region caught between Islamists’ threats to execute those who collaborated with the government, and the security forces, who expected them to provide intelligence about the presence of armed groups, and meted out collective punishment when they d
Abuses Ahead of Burundi’s Constitutional Referendum
This report documents violations and abuses by state security forces, intelligence services, members of the ruling party’s youth league – the Imbonerakure – and others close to the ruling party, in the year and a half leading up to the referendum.
The Special Criminal Court, a New Opportunity for Victims in the Central African Republic
This report discusses the progress, obstacles, and challenges for the Special Criminal Court in its initial phases.
Bangladesh Crackdown on Social Media Commentary
This report details dozens of arbitrary arrests since the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 was amended in 2013 to incorporate harsher penalties and allowing the police to make arrests without warrant.
Insurgent Attacks on Civilians in Afghanistan
This report documents attacks since 2016 by the Taliban and groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the Islamic State. While the Taliban claim they do not target civilians, the report documents indiscriminate attacks by the Taliban that have killed and injured thousands.
Lessons from Colombia, Georgia, Guinea, and the United Kingdom
This report examines aspects of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor’s practices in its preliminary examinations, which determine whether the court’s criteria to open a full investigation are met.
Treatment of Non-Citizen Children of Jordanian Mothers
This report details the ways Jordanian authorities restrict the rights of non-citizen children of Jordanian women to work, own property, travel from and return to Jordan, enroll in higher education, and access government health care and other services.
Gender Discrimination in Job Advertisements in China
This report analyzes over 36,000 job advertisements posted between 2013 and 2018 on Chinese recruitment and company websites and on social media platforms. Many of the ads specify a requirement or preference for men.
Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities
This report documents inconsistencies in the reasons municipalities have given for expelling Syrians and the failure of the central government to protect refugees’ rights. United Nations officials identified 3,664 such evictions from 2016 through the first quarter of 2018.