Human Rights

Colombia: ‘Terrible trend’ of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for ‘significant effort’ to tackle impunity

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Mural, which reads "Reconciliation with the victims", symbolizes the cultural manifestation...

Zimbabwe: Add Key Protections to Education Bill

Zimbabwe’s parliament should strengthen the Education Amendment Bill of 2019 to fully adhere to every child’s right to a quality primary and secondary education, Human Rights Watch said on May 10,2019 in an open letter to Priscilla Misihairabwi-...

Thailand: Critics Feared ‘Disappeared’

The Thai government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of three activists who were reportedly extradited from Hanoi to Bangkok, Human Rights Watch said on May 09, 2019. Thai authorities have not acknowledged their arrest and detention,...

Yemen: Warehouse Blast Kills Schoolchildren

A Houthi-controlled warehouse that stored volatile material near homes and schools caught fire and detonated in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on April 7, 2019, causing the deaths of at least 15 children, Human Rights Watch and Mwatana for Human Rights said...

Ecuador: Uphold Rights of Fleeing Venezuelans

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The Constitutional Court of Ecuador should uphold the rights of...

Release of prize-winning Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed by UN

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Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (...

Poland: Arrest Over Virgin Mary’s Rainbow Halo

The arrest of a woman over a picture of a religious icon with a rainbow halo on May 6, 2019 is the latest attempt by Polish authorities to target LGBT and gender equality activists. Government officials allege the work is blasphemous and object to its...

Malaysia: Little Progress on Rights Reforms

Malaysia’s government should speed up the pace of human rights reforms that the ruling coalition pledged in its election manifesto, Human Rights Watch said on May 07, 2019. On May 9, 2018, Malaysians voted into office the opposition Pakatan Harapan...

Côte d’Ivoire: UN Review Should Press Government on Justice

Countries participating in the United Nations review of Côte d’Ivoire’s human rights record should question the government’s failure to deliver justice to victims of 2010-11 post-election abuses, Human Rights Watch said on May 06, 2019. On May 7, 2019...

Saudi Arabia: Mobile App Keeps Women at Home

Saudi Arabia’s mobile app Absher is used to prevent Saudi women from leaving their country without a male relative’s permission. In a question-and-answer document, Human Rights Watch explains how male guardians use the mobile app to control women’s...