A Global Look at How Governments Repress Nationals Abroad

The 46-page report, “‘We Will Find You’: A Global Look at How Governments Repress Nationals Abroad,” is a rights-centered analysis of how governments are targeting dissidents, activists, political opponents, and others living abroad. Human Rights Watch examined killings, removals, abductions and enforced disappearances, collective punishment of relatives, abuse of consular services, and digital attacks. The report also highlights governments’ targeting of women fleeing abuse, and government misuse of Interpol.

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  • July 2, 1989

    As Cuba approaches the 36th anniversary of its revolution, it is engaged in an extended crackdown on independent peaceful activity and its human rights practices continue to be subject to the whim of the executive. Among the targets of this crackdown are newly-emerged human rights groups, whose establishment in recent years had given the appearance of greater openness in Cuba.
  • October 1, 1988

    A Supplement to the Asia Watch Report on Legal Process and Human Rights

    In this report, Asia Watch calls upon the South Korean government to strengthen its commitment to human rights.

  • March 1, 1988

    Violations of the Laws of War in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan has been the scene of some of the most serious human rights violations on record. About one half of the country's prewar population is either in emigration, or internally displaced, or dead. Most of the biolations documented in three previous Helsinki/Asia Watch reports continued in 1987, despite the fact that prospects for peace in 1988 seem brighter than ever before.
  • October 31, 1985

    This 33-page report by Americas Watch and the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees finds that, far from encouraging political pluralism, the Haitian goverment is stiffling opposotion political parties; shutting down the independent press; attempting to silence the Church; and terrorizing members of the inteligentsia who have attempted to speak out about Haiti's critical economic and social prob
  • March 31, 1985

    A Report on Human Rights in Haiti in 1984

    This 25 page report by the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees, Americas Watch, and the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights examines human rights conditions in 1984, a year when respect for human rights continued to be poor, and in some respects deteriorated significantly.
  • October 11, 1984

    The Haitian Reality

    The Committee to Protect Journalists and the the Americas Watch mission to Haiti from August 12-15,1984 to investigate a recent crackdown on the press.
  • March 31, 1984

    A Report on Human Rights in Haiti Based on a Mission of Inquiry

    This 17- page report by the Americas Watch and the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights finds that the circumstances in which the February 12, 1984 elections were held in Haiti involved, in the words of US Secretary of State George Shultz, a denial of "all the preliminary aspects that make an election really mean something."
  • August 31, 1983

    This 24 page report by the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights, Americas Watch Committee, and the International League for Human Rights examines the situation of people who support human rights in Haiti, and in particular a series of detentions in May 1983.

  • January 1, 1983

    A Fund for Free Expression Report by Meron Benvenisti

    In its pre-publication review of Palestinian newspapers and magazines, Israel’s military censor blocks the publication not only of supposed national security secrets or material likely to incite violence. Rather, the censor’s primary concern, as shown through a study of banned materials, is to eradicate expression that could foster Palestinian nationalist feelings; suggests Palestinians are a nation with a national heritage; denies Israel’s legitimacy; or imputes behavior to Israeli officials that suggests illegitimacy. Palestinian editors must submit for review all material meant for publication, including photos, advertisements, and crossword puzzles. The censor’s list of banned books included some 1,600 titles, at the time this report was prepared.