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.
India’s Failure to End Killings in Police Custody
This report examines police disregard for arrest regulations, custodial deaths from torture, and impunity for those responsible.
The Government’s Deepening Assault on Critical Journalism
This report documents five important components of the crackdown on independent domestic media in Turkey, including the use of the criminal justice system to prosecute and jail journalists on bogus charges of terrorism, insulting public officials, or crimes against the state.
The Dangers of Killer Robots and the Need for a Preemptive Ban
This report rebuts 16 key arguments against a ban on fully autonomous weapons.
Government Barriers to Condom Use by Men Who Have Sex With Men
This report documents the failure of national and local governments in the Philippines to address the growing HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men.
Discrimination Against LGBT Youth in US Schools
This report documents a range of problems facing LGBT students.
Detention and Torture in the Chinese Communist Party’s Shuanggui System
This report details abuses against shuanggui detainees, including prolonged sleep deprivation, being forced into stress positions for extended periods of time, deprivation of water and food, and severe beatings. Detainees are also subject to solitary and incommunicado detention in unofficial detention facilities.
Violations of Workers’ Rights in Kazakhstan
This report details the significant legal and practical obstacles workers in Kazakhstan must overcome to organize and defend their interests in the workplace.
Iraqi Kurdish Forces' Destruction of Villages, Homes in Conflict with ISIS
This report looked at destruction of homes between September 2014 and May 2016 in disputed areas of Kirkuk and Nineveh governorates, areas nominally under Iraqi government jurisdiction but under Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) control.
Belgium’s Counterterror Responses to the Paris and Brussels Attacks
This report details measures that place prisoners detained for terrorism in prolonged isolation, and allow the government to suspend passports and review terrorism suspects’ phone and email logs without judicial approval.
Human Rights and Land Confiscation in Karen State
This report documents human rights violations by militias, police, and government officials in Karen State for the confiscation of land from ethnic Karen farmers, many of whose families had farmed the land for generations.
Gambia’s 2016 Presidential Election
This report describes how the government of President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, has used a crackdown on the opposition, domination of state media, and state resources for campaigning to ensure a political advantage in the election.
Turkey’s Post-Coup Suspension of Safeguards Against Torture
This report documents how the weakening of safeguards through decrees adopted under the state of emergency has negatively affected police detention conditions and the rights of detainees.
Severe Medical and Food Shortages, Inadequate and Repressive Government Response
This report documents how the shortages have made it extremely difficult for many Venezuelans to obtain essential medical care or meet their families’ basic needs. The Venezuelan government has downplayed the severity of the crisis.
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.
Azerbaijan’s Continuing Crackdown on Government Critics, Lawyers, and Civil Society
This report documents the government’s concerted efforts to undermine civil society. Human Rights Watch found that in 2016, the authorities used false, politically motivated criminal and administrative charges to prosecute political activists, journalists, and others.