Human Rights

Marking international day, UN experts call for urgent action to end racial discrimination, in wake of New Zealand anti-Muslim attack

Students watch a performance by their peers at Barros Barreto School, in Salvador, Brazil....

Burkina Faso: Atrocities by Armed Islamists, Security Forces

Atrocities by Islamist armed groups in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel Region and by security forces during counterterrorism operations have left scores dead and created widespread fear and displacement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on...

Bahrain: Formula 1 Ignores Rights Commitments

The Formula One Group disregards its human rights commitments and overlooks grave rights abuses in Bahrain, Human Rights Watch said on March 22, 2019. Some of the abuses appear to be directly related to Formula One’s activities in the country.

Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the...

Cambodia: Investigate Land Activist’s ‘Disappearance’

Cambodian authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of a land activist forcibly disappeared in Preah Vihear province, Human Rights Watch said on March 20, 2019.

Saudi Arabia: Abusive Charges Against Women Activists

Saudi Arabia’s charges against women’s rights defenders appear almost entirely related to their human rights activities, Human Rights Watch said on March 21, 2019. Saudi Arabia opened individual trials on March 13, 2019 of 11 activists, most of them...

Myanmar: Women, Girls Trafficked as ‘Brides’ to China

The Myanmar and Chinese governments have failed to stem the trafficking of ethnic Kachin women and girls as “brides” to families in China, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on March 21, 2019.

Tajikistan: Release Gravely Ill Activist

The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said on March 20, 2019. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic...

Japan: Compelled Sterilization of Transgender People

Japan’s government should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on March 19, 2019. Requiring a medical intervention as a...

UN will do ‘utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence’ in DR Congo, pledges Mission chief