Human Rights

Mauritania: Activist Charged for Decrying Racism

A Mauritanian criminal court has charged an activist with incitement to violence and racial hatred for social media messages decrying racial discrimination in the country, Human Rights Watch said on September 21, 2018. The authorities should drop any...

Liberia: At UN, President Should Back Justice

Liberian President George Weah should show leadership at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly by announcing his government’s endorsement of justice and reparations for victims of grave crimes during the country’s civil wars, 80 nongovernmental...

Nigeria: Flawed Trials of Boko Haram Suspects

Nigeria’s prosecution of suspected Boko Haram members has been characterized by serious legal shortcomings, and the authorities are failing to prioritize prosecution of those most responsible for the group’s atrocities, Human Rights Watch said on...

Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’ today: UN human rights chief

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A wall of photos at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of...

Blockades ‘expose’ the innocent, to the ‘ravages of economic war’ - UN sanctions expert warns

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UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy.

Nepal: Barriers to Inclusive Education

Children with disabilities in Nepal face serious obstacles to quality, inclusive education, Human Rights Watch said on September 13, 2018.

Russia: Police Crush Peaceful Protests

Police arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters, including older people and children, taking part in demonstrations across Russia on September 9, Human Rights Watch said on September 13. The detainees were protesting corruption and...

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

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Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in...

Vietnam: Drop Long Prison Sentence Against Activist

The Vietnamese authorities should quash the politically motivated conviction of the rights activist Nguyen Van Tuc and immediately release him without conditions, Human Rights Watch said on September 12, 2018. The court of appeals is scheduled to hear...

Saudi Arabia: Free Right-to-Drive Activists

Major car companies should call on Saudi authorities to unconditionally release at least nine detained women activists who fought for the right to drive, said Human Rights Watch said in a campaign announced on September 11, 2018.