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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.

Condemn Official’s Anti-Gay Statements

(New York) – Burma’s government should publicly condemn grossly discriminatory remarks by a regional official about gay men and transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to senior Burmese officials. The Burmese government is obligated…
Participant Mummy Sein, 79, attends an event celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Rangoon, Burma on May 17, 2013.
There is much to be skeptical of in Burma’s plan for nationwide elections in October. But today one small, yet important, first step toward making Burma a genuine rights-respecting democracy took place. As part of a national process to update voter lists…

2013 brought many grim setbacks, yet there were still some important signs of progress

With the slaughter of civilians in Syria still horribly unrestrained, it is easy to be discouraged about human rights. There is, of course, every reason for outrage about Syria, and about the international community's narrow focus on peace talks, unlikely…

Police Harass Activists With Threats, Raids, Beatings, and Arrests

(Nairobi) - The Zimbabwean government should immediately stop persecuting members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe. On August 20, 2012,…
August 27, 2012 President Robert Mugabe Private Bag 7700 Causeway Munhumutapa Building Corner Samora Machel Avenue and Sam Nujoma Street Harare, Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Private Bag 7700 Causeway Munhumutapa Building Corner…

Stop Attacks, Politically Motivated Prosecutions Against Gays and Lesbians

(Harare) - A police raid and apparently politically motivated arrests at the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) is an attack on all human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, a group of five international organizations said today in a letter to…

Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
Human Rights Watch mourns the death of Peter Joaneti, an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, who died of an AIDS-related illness in Harare on February 15.…
 THAN A NAME State-Sponsored Homophobia and Its
 Consequences in Southern Africa TABLE OF
 CONTENTS Glossary of Key Terms I. Introduction A.  Summary B.  Contexts: HIV/AIDS, Inequality,
 Identity C. Brief Recommendations II. The…