Human Rights

Iran: 1988 Mass Executions Evident Crimes Against Humanity

Overwhelming evidence shows that the Iranian authorities’ mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in an in-depth question-and-answer document released on June 08, 2022.

Saudi Arabia: Biden Visit Risks Fostering Repression

US President Joe Biden’s expected visit to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman risks encouraging new abuses and further entrenching impunity, 13 human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, said in a joint letter to...

Attacks on Education Increased Worldwide During Pandemic

More than 9,000 students, teachers, and academics were harmed, injured, or killed in attacks on education during armed conflict over the past two years, according to Education under Attack 2022, a report published by the Global Coalition to Protect...

China: No Justice 33 Years after Tiananmen Massacre

Chinese authorities have over the past year stepped up the harassment and persecution of activists for commemorating the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, Human Rights Watch said on June 02, 2022. The Chinese government should acknowledge and take...

UN rights chief concludes China trip with promise of improved relations

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High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet during her visit to China, in Ürümqi,...

Afghan authorities urged to address serious human rights challenges

Richard Bennett, speaks at a special event on human rights at the United Nations in 2016.

Tajikistan: Stop Abusing Autonomous Region Protesters

Tajik authorities should ensure an effective investigation into police use of force leading to civilian deaths and casualties during May 2022 protests in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, Human Rights Watch said on May 26, 2022. The...

Turkey Fails Domestic Violence Victims

The Turkish government is failing victims of domestic violence even though the police and courts have issued a rising number of restraining orders designed to protect women and break cycles of abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May...

Nepal responsible for torture, rape and killing of teenage girl: UN rights committee

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Entrance to the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal.

AU: Focus on Root Causes of Conflict, Political Instability

African Union (AU) member countries should use their upcoming summit to commit to addressing human rights issues underlying armed conflict and political upheaval on the African continent, Human Rights Watch said on May 24, 2022. The Extraordinary...