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Investigate Enforced Disappearances; Hold Those Responsible to Account

(New York) – Bangladesh authorities should stop tormenting families and provide information on the whereabouts of their loved ones disappeared by security forces, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Human Rights Day. Human Rights Watch…
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Drop Unfounded Charges, Release Blogger, Uphold Free Speech

(Berlin) – A Muslim blogger from Uzbekistan who has been in arbitrary detention for five months is facing charges of threatening public security with a potential eight-year prison sentence, for an innocuous social media post, Human Rights Watch said…
Fazilhoja Arifhojaev

President Macron Should Stand Up for a Rights-Respecting Europe

(Paris) – President Emmanuel Macron should commit to defend democratic safeguards and reverse inhumane migration policies in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to French president Macron that was released today. France will…
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, October 22, 2021.

Hearing by the United States House of Representatives Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights

Thank you for providing Human Rights Watch with the opportunity to testify on Sri Lanka today. It is more than 12 years since the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, and the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). However, as…

‘The lack of consequences for the crimes committed in Tigray has made it easier for warring parties to commit further atrocities.’

A full year has passed since Eritrean government forces massacred Tigrayan civilians in Ethiopia’s historical town of Axum. But survivors of the massacre and of other atrocities in Tigray are still no closer to accessing justice and redress – an…
Priest on his way to church in Axum, Tigray region, Ethiopia on January 25, 2011.

Olaf Scholz Appointed Chancellor Following 16 Years of Angela Merkel

Of the thousands of young German climate activists that took to streets days before the national elections, many never knew a German Chancellor other than Angela Merkel who held the office since 2005. Their eyes are now on her successor, Olaf Scholz…
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Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act; Prosecute Soldiers Responsible

(New York) – The killing of 14 civilians by Indian security forces in Nagaland state highlights the need for the Indian government to immediately repeal the abusive Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Human Rights Watch said today. The law gives armed…
Placards calling for revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act at the Hornbill festival in Nagaland, following the killing of civilians by Indian soldiers in the state, December 5, 2021.

Bilateral Dialogue Should Address Enforced Disappearances

(Sydney) – The Australian government should press the Lao government to take concrete steps to improve its poor human rights record at the seventh Australia-Laos Human Rights Dialogue on December 9, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. In a…
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After years of advocacy by activists, Chile has adopted marriage equality! The new law bans discrimination of same-sex couples who want to be parents through adoption or assisted reproductive technology. In the region, Chile joins Argentina, Brazil,…
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We, the undersigned artists—along with PEN International, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), and Human Rights Watch—call on the Cuban government to respect the fundamental right to freedom of expression, including artistic freedom, in Cuba.…

Artists Have Been Jailed, Persecuted, and Forced Into Exile

(London | New York, NY) – The Cuban government should immediately stop its abuses against Cuban artists, over 300 prominent figures from the art world said today in a statement co-signed by PEN International, the Artists at Risk Connection of PEN…
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, an artist who has vocally criticized repression in Cuba, speaks during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba, on May 2, 2018. Alcántara has remained in prison since he was detained during a peaceful demonstration on July 11, 2021.

Investigate Due Process Violations

Update 12/8/2021: On December 8, 2021, General Security released Nada Homsi and dropped the deportation order against her. (Beirut) – Lebanon’s General Security should immediately release Nada Homsi, a journalist from the US, who was arrested on…
Nada Homsi

Unlawful Syrian-Russian Alliance Attack Strikes Civilians

(Beirut) – The Syrian-Russian military alliance fired at least 14 large-caliber artillery shells into the town of Ariha in Idlib governorate on October 20, 2021, killing 12 civilians and injuring 24, Human Rights Watch said today. The apparent lack of…
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Justice, Solidarity Crucial to Confront Abuses Past and Present

On December 10, 2019, Abubacarr Tambadou, then Gambia’s justice minister, posed a question to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. “Why is the world standing by and allowing such horrors again in our lifetime?” It was the first…
Anti-coup protesters run from teargas deployed by the police during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, March 1, 2021.

Proposed Borders Bill Would Cause More Suffering, Less Protection

Perhaps the most draconian immigration bill in the United Kingdom’s history is moving swiftly through parliament, currently in its final days of scrutiny in the Commons. The Nationality and Borders Bill seeks to dismantle core tenets of the…
A group of people on the deck of HMC Seeker as they wait to be brought ashore by the UK Border Force in Kent. September 22, 2020.
November 2021 Human Rights Watch welcomes the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of the UK government’s policy on Afghanistan, including the implications of the Taliban gaining power and the human rights and humanitarian crises, and as…
Police and soldiers have killed more than 1,300 people and arrested more than 10,000 protesters, journalists, and others in Myanmar. The methodical and systematic post-coup abuses, like those inflicted on the Rohingya, amount to crimes against…

Addresses Parentage, Joint Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Technology

It’s a special day for same-sex couples in Chile. Today their country becomes the 31st in the world to adopt marriage equality—and by a wide legislative margin in both the Chilean Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The country’s new law undoes…
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Rather than Toasting a UN Post, Real Action Needed

Uzbekistan’s ambassador in Geneva was this week elected as one of the vice presidents for 2022 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in the latest sign, Uzbekistan says, of its readiness to protect human rights in the international arena…
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivers a speech at the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 22, 2021.