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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.

Murky Money Trail, Missed Targets, Missing Data

(Beirut) – Millions of dollars in aid money pledged to get Syrian refugee children in school last year did not reach them, arrived late, or could not be traced due to poor reporting practices, Human Rights Watch said today. The 55…
Syrian children in an informal refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley.

Schools Limit Access to Bathrooms, Locker Rooms

(New York) – Many schools in the United States are putting the safety and health of transgender students at risk by barring them from bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities matching their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
Students hold stickers about to be placed on a new all-gender bathroom as members of the cheer squad applaud at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, WA on May 17, 2016.

Government, Companies Should Provide Protection

Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers. While US law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can legally work on tobacco farms in the US. The world’s…

Outdated Approaches, Ineffective Strategies, Punitive Laws at Nation’s HIV Epicenter

(New York) - Progress in the fight against AIDS in the southern United States is undermined by state laws and policies that impose ineffective approaches and fuel stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, Human Rights Watch said today.…

ACLU and Human Rights Watch Seek Ban on Physical Discipline at School

(New York) - Students with disabilities face corporal punishment in public schools at disproportionately high rates, says a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. The physical discipline, which often includes…

Corporal Punishment in US Public Schools

Every year in the United States at least 220,000 children in public schools are subjected to corporal punishment, or "paddling." Permitted in 21 states, the practice leaves many children injured and disengaged from the process of learning. African-…

World Leaders Must Fulfill Millennium Target for Primary Education

(New York) - Children around the world face systematic barriers to schooling that are undermining global progress towards universal primary education, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released ahead of the U.N. World Summit. Human Rights Watch…

Widespread Bullying, Teacher Indifference in U.S. Schools

Gay teenagers are often subject to so much bullying in U.S. schools that they are not receiving an adequate education, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and…