Human Rights

Thailand: Drop Charges, Release Student Activist

Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release the prominent Thammasat University student activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Human Rights Watch said on August 15, 2020. Police are reportedly planning to arrest at...

Haiti: Football Sex Abuse Case Witnesses Threatened

Witnesses and sexual abuse survivors who could provide evidence in an investigation of the Haitian Football Federation (Fédération Haïtienne De Football, FHF) president, Yves Jean-Bart, have reported efforts to intimidate them in Haiti and the United...

UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters

View of Minsk, capital of Belarus.

US: 14 Recommendations for Fundamental Police Reform

Local, state, and federal governments in the United States should move beyond superficial changes and fundamentally rethink public safety by reducing the scope of policing, investing in community services, and ensuring abusive officers are held...

DR Congo: Ensure Credible Probe of Bodies Found in River

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should ensure an effective investigation into the apparent murder of four members of President Felix Tshisekedi’s political party.

Zimbabwe: SADC, AU Should Denounce Crackdown

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union should urgently and publicly speak out against the Zimbabwe government’s crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020.

Pakistan: End Anti-Corruption Agency’s Abuses

Pakistani authorities should follow up a recent Supreme Court decision and cease using the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to detain critics of the government, Human Rights Watch said on August 06, 2020. The authorities should investigate and...

Independent rights experts call on India to remedy ‘alarming’ situation in Jammu and Kashmir

Friday prayers in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

Protect Human Rights Defenders in Liberia

Recent credible threats against human rights defenders who, for many years, have been fighting for justice alongside victims of Liberia's civil wars are a source of great concern, nine human rights organizations said on August 05, 2020.

Russia: Activist Facing Charges Over Peaceful Protest

Russian authorities are prosecuting a Moscow municipal assembly member and opposition political activist for allegedly repeatedly breaking public assembly rules, Human Rights Watch said on August 04, 2020. The prosecution violates respect for freedom...