Human Rights

Bachelet renews call for accountability in Philippines war on illegal drugs

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachele addresses the High-level segment of...

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Bangladesh authorities are using the abusive Digital Security Act to harass and indefinitely detain activists, journalists, and others critical of the government and its political leadership, Human Rights Watch said July 01, 2020. The administration...

Afghanistan: Taliban Rights Efforts Fall Far Short

The Taliban in Afghanistan have imposed severe restrictions on rights in areas under their control despite claims of reform, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on June 30, 2020. Residents reported an inability to criticize or question...

Canada: Bring Home ISIS Suspects and Relatives from Syria

Canada is failing to take adequate steps to assist and repatriate dozens of Canadians unlawfully detained in dire conditions for alleged Islamic State (also known as ISIS) links in northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on June...

UN: Act on Broad Expert Call Denouncing China Abuses

United Nations member countries should immediately respond to the unprecedented call by UN human rights experts to examine the Chinese government’s human rights record, Human Rights Watch said on June 29, 2020. The UN Human Rights Council, whose 44th...

ICC: Member Countries Rally Around Court

Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have joined together in support of the court’s crucial work and independence from political pressure, Human Rights Watch said on June 23, 2020. A cross-regional group of 67 ICC member...

Iran: Child Protection Law Positive, But Insufficient

Iran’s recently approved law to protect children and adolescents is a small positive step forward but falls short of the fundamental reforms needed to meaningfully protect children’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on June 23, 2020.

Sudan: Prioritize Justice and Institutional Reforms

Donors and foreign partners should urge Sudan to prioritize justice and legal and institutional reforms in Sudan, even as they focus on the country’s pressing economic concerns, Human Rights Watch said June 23, 2020. On June 25, 2020, a group of...

Countries failing to prevent violence against children, agencies warn

Half of the world’s children, or approximately 1 billion children each year are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries, disabilities and death, because countries have failed to follow established strategies to...

Ecuador: Limit Use of Force by Armed Forces

A ministerial resolution in Ecuador to regulate participation of the armed forces in law enforcement operations could encourage the use of lethal force in circumstances that go beyond what international human rights standards allow, Human Rights Watch...