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UN, Donors Should Urge Protection, Freedom of Movement on Bhasan Char

(New York) – The Bangladesh government has relocated nearly 20,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island without adequate health care, livelihoods, or protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations and donor…
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Immediately Release Political Prisoners, Pre-Trial Detainees, High Health Risks

(Bangkok) – Myanmar authorities should immediately move to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus by reducing the populations of the country’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, Human Rights Watch said today. Myanmar confirmed its first COVID-19…
A member of the Yangon City and Development Committee disinfects government offices to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Yangon, Myanmar Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Health, Security, Livelihoods at Risk in Turkana Region

(Nairobi, October 15, 2015) – Climate change and regional development projects are threatening the health and livelihood of indigenous peoples in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The…
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Extend Deadline for Public Consultation

(Washington) – Burma’s government has failed to engage in meaningful public consultation on a draft investment law that could have a profound impact on human rights in the country. The government should extend its March 26, 2015 deadline for public…

Ongoing Abuses Against Minorities, Land Grabs, Corruption

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank Group should act to overcome Burma’s major human rights problems in its new strategy for the country, Human Rights Watch said in a submission to the bank released today. Key issues include rights violations against ethnic…

Treat, Compensate Victims of Mombasa Smelter

(Nairobi) – Thousands of people in a poor urban district outside Mombasa face serious health consequences from toxic lead from a battery recycling plant, Human Rights Watch said today. The crisis is the result of the Kenyan government’s failure to…

Decision Ignores Gibe III Dam’s Impact on Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Concerns

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank undermined the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment with its approval on July 12, 2012, of a US$684 million loan, Human Rights Watch, Friends of Lake Turkana, International Rivers, Survival International, and…

Publishing Decisions About Misconduct an Important Step

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank took an important step to fight corruption on May 30, 2012, by publishing decisions to sanction companies for misconduct, Human Rights Watch said today. The World Bank should adopt a similar approach to its lending in…

Encourage Transparency, Accountability in Exploring Reengagement

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should promote civil society participation in proposed development programs in Burma, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the World Bank released today. The World Bank’s board of directors is scheduled to meet on…
Citing war crimes in Chechnya, Human Rights Watch criticized the World Bank for making a $100 million payment to the Russian government. In letters to World Bank President James Wolfensohn and to the Bank's board of directors, the rights group argued that…

Bank Disregards Serious Risk of Funding Abusive War in Chechnya

The World Bank today set aside concerns about financing Russia's war in Chechnya and disbursed $100 million to the Russian government. The funds are expected to be transferred today to the Russian government for purposes of general budgetary spending.…