Human Rights

New report highlights value of UN’s human rights work in the field

UN human rights investigators accompanied by peacekeepers from the UN mission in Mali,...

India: Women at Risk of Sexual Abuse at Work

The Indian government’s failure to properly enforce its sexual harassment law leaves millions of women in the workplace exposed to abuse without remedy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 14, 2020. The government should urgently...

Thailand: Over 20 Democracy Activists Arrested

The Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release democracy activists arrested for peacefully protesting in Bangkok on October 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on October 13, 2020.

Greater equality a ‘prerequisite’ for overcoming global crises: Bachelet

In reviewing, assessing and acknowledging the effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslavement and colonialism, the groundbreaking Durban World Conference of 2001, represented a “milestone” in the common fight against racism, xenophobia and...

Turkey: Turkmen Activist Faces Deportation

The Turkish government should halt plans to deport the Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova to Turkmenistan, where she will be at grave risk of arbitrary arrest and torture, a group of 11 human rights organizations said on October 12, 2020. Turkish...

UN: Deny Rights Council Seats to Major Violators

United Nations member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments, for seats on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said on October 08, 2020. Russia’s numerous war crimes in Syria’s...

Myanmar: Mass Detention of Rohingya in Squalid Camps

The Myanmar government should urgently end the arbitrary and indefinite detention of approximately 130,000 Rohingya Muslims in squalid and abusive camps in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 08, 2020. Recent...

More action needed for seafarers, ‘collateral victims’ of measures to curb COVID-19

A containter ship sails near Hong Kong Island.

UN rights chief urges Iran to release jailed human rights defenders, citing COVID-19 risk

A prison cell.

People with Mental Health Conditions Living in Chains

Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 06, 2020. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for...