Human Rights

Mexico: Overhaul Police Forces

Recent police abuses across Mexico should be a wake-up call to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to lead a national process to professionalize police forces and hold them accountable, Human Rights Watch said on July 24,2020.

Hungary: Editor’s Sacking a Blow to Press Freedom

The firing of Szabolcs Dull, the editor-in-chief of Hungary’s biggest independent news website, Index, on July 22, 2020 has political interference written all over it, Human Rights Watch said on July 24,2020. The dismissal is a blow to media...

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Arabs Blocked From Returning

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is preventing about 1,200 Arab families from returning home to 5 villages more than 6 years after the area was retaken from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said on July 19, 2020. KRG...

‘Inequality defines our time’: UN chief delivers hard-hitting Mandela day message

Inequality, an issue which “defines our time”, risks destroying the world’s economies and societies, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a hard-hitting speech on Saturday.

‘My children ask me when am I coming home’: stranded seafarers share their frustrations

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The container ship MSC Daniela at sea.

Rise in women prisoners and COVID measures, ‘making sentences worse’

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Women and children sit on mattresses on the floor at a detention centre in Tripoli, Libya.

Venezuela: amputation, extortion and death amidst booming gold mining racket

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A sample of gold taken from a mine.

Russia: Rights Defender Faces Criminal Charges

Russian authorities have placed a prominent human rights defender under a travel ban and may soon formally bring criminal charges against him in relation to the “foreign agents” law, Human Rights Watch said on July 15, 2020.

Burundi: Make Rights a Priority

Burundi’s new president, Évariste Ndayishimiye, should make protecting and promoting human rights a priority during his presidency, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the president made public on July 15, 2020. The new administration has taken...

Maldives: Free Speech, Assembly Under Threat

The Maldives government is enforcing restrictions on protests that violate fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said on July 14, 2020. New regulations also threaten civil society groups for supporting peaceful protests.