Human Rights

UN hails Human Rights Declaration as tool for conflict and poverty prevention

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Young children read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at a playground.

Iraq: Secret Detention, No Recourse

Iraqi military and security forces have disappeared dozens of mostly Sunni Arab males since 2014, including children as young as 9, often in the context of counterterrorism operations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on September 27, 2018...

France: Aid Worker Convicted for Tweet

A humanitarian worker’s defamation conviction on September 25, 2018, for an ironic tweet represents a dangerous escalation in official harassment of groups providing crucial aid to migrants, Human Rights Watch said on september 27, 2018. It is the...

Bangladesh: New Law Will Silence Critics

The Digital Security Act passed by the Bangladeshi parliament last week, despite vehement opposition from the country’s journalists, strikes a blow to freedom of speech in the country, Human Rights Watch said on September 24, 2018. The law, which...

US: Devastating Impact of Jailing Mothers

Mothers in jail are being torn from their families and losing contact with their children even before they have been convicted of a crime, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released on September 26, 2018...

Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees with Disabilities

Bangladesh’s overcrowded, hilly, and rain-soaked mega camp for ethnic Rohingya refugees is precarious for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said in a new video on September 24. More than 700,000 people reside in...

China: Hong Kong Party Banned

The Hong Kong government’s decision to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party is a grim sign for human rights in the territory, Human Rights Watch said on September 24, 2018. It is the first time a political party has been banned since Hong...

Peace is at risk and violated in many places, but ‘we will not give up,’ says UN chief Guterres

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Secretary-General António Guterres rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony held at UN...

Mauritania: Activist Charged for Decrying Racism

A Mauritanian criminal court has charged an activist with incitement to violence and racial hatred for social media messages decrying racial discrimination in the country, Human Rights Watch said on September 21, 2018. The authorities should drop any...

Liberia: At UN, President Should Back Justice

Liberian President George Weah should show leadership at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly by announcing his government’s endorsement of justice and reparations for victims of grave crimes during the country’s civil wars, 80 nongovernmental...