Human Rights

US: New Rules Allow Indefinite Detention of Children

A Trump administration final regulation announced could result in severe harm to migrant children who may be held in immigration detention indefinitely in the United States on Aug 21, 2019. The rule seeks to replace the longstanding Flores court...

Georgia: Worker Rights, Safety at Risk

The safety of workers in Georgia’s mines is at serious risk due to insufficient government regulation and resulting mining practices that prioritize production quotas and put workers’ safety in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on...

Turkey: 3 Kurdish Mayors Removed from Office

The Turkish Interior Ministry’s removal of three democratically elected mayors in the major municipalities of the Kurdish southeast and eastern regions blatantly violates the rights of voters and suspends local democracy, Human Rights Watch said on...

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Halt Rohingya Returns

The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments should suspend plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees until returns are safe, voluntary, and dignified, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 20, 2019. With new repatriations set to start on August 22, 2019, Rohingya...

Australia: Inquiry into Rule Putting Older People at Risk

Australia’s parliament should scrap a new rule that allows nursing homes to overmedicate and restrain older people, a group of organizations working for older people’s rights in Australia said on Aug 19, 2019. On August 20, 2019 in Sydney, the...

Thailand: Investigate Activist’s Abduction in Phatthalung

Thai authorities should carry out an effective investigation, open to public scrutiny, into the abduction and intimidation of Eakachai Itsaratha, a community rights activist in Phatthalung province, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 15,2019.

Rwanda: Disappearances Require Credible Investigations

A journalist and an opposition member from Rwanda are still missing one month after disappearing in separate incidents. Their loved ones have not heard from them, and the authorities have revealed nothing about investigations.

DR Congo: 1,900 Civilians Killed in Kivus Over 2 Years

Armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces have killed 1,900 civilians and abducted more than 3,300 others between June 2017 and June 2019, Human Rights Watch and the New York University-based Congo Research Group said in a...

Hong Kong: Police Should Exercise Restraint

The Hong Kong police should stop using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters in the city and abide by international standards governing the policing of assemblies, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 14, 2019. Authorities should also allow an...

Australia: Press Laos to Protect Rights

The Australian government should press the Lao government to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, 2019, in Canberra, Human Rights Watch said on July 11, 2019.