Human Rights

Poland: Trafficking, Exploitation Risks for Refugees

Refugees from Ukraine, particularly women and girls, face heightened risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, and other exploitation due to lack of systematic protection and security measures in Poland.

Human rights: Belarus journalists win World Press Freedom Prize

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Protesters detained during demonstrations in Minsk, Belarus, are released from...

Russia: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War

Russian authorities should stop broadcasting programs featuring images of and interviews with captured Ukrainian soldiers that expose them to public curiosity, Human Rights Watch said on April 28, 2022. Such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs,...

European Union: Rules for Batteries Should Cover Bauxite, Copper, Iron

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A man washes clothes next to a road used by a bauxite mining consortium in Guinea...

Pakistan: Amend Abusive ‘Blood Money’ Laws

The Pakistan government should amend provisions of the criminal law that treat murder and other serious offenses as private disputes, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. These legal provisions, called “blood money” laws, allow and at times...

Egypt: Two Singers Convicted on ‘Morality’ Charges

An Egyptian court sentenced two singers to a year in prison and fines on March 28, 2022, on charges that violate their right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said on April 27, 2022. The government should announce that it will not enforce...

Spreading Love and peace in Eastern Europe tour

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France: Crucial Need for Macron to Focus on Rights

It is crucial for President Emmanuel Macron to make human rights a priority of both his domestic and his foreign policy in his second term, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022.

Urgently Help Ukraine Civilians Flee Mariupol

Russian forces now occupying most of Ukraine’s southeastern port city of Mariupol should ensure that civilians remaining in the city can leave in safety to Ukraine-controlled territory if they choose, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. Older...

Israel: Release Long Detained Gaza Aid Worker

Israeli authorities should immediately release Mohammad al-Halabi, a humanitarian worker from Gaza detained for nearly six years both before and during his trial, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022. The Israeli Supreme Court on February 17,...