Human Rights

China: Release Gravely Ill Critics

The Chinese government should immediately and unconditionally release from detention rights activist Huang Qi and bookseller Yiu Mantin, who are seriously ill, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 17. Authorities should also allow the two, who have been...

Libya’s detention of migrants ‘is an outrage to humanity,’ says UN human rights chief Zeid

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In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripoli's...

UN warns of trafficking, sexual abuse in shadow of Rohingya refugee crisis

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Displaced persons near Sittwe, Myanmar in December 2013.

Cambodia: Democracy Faces Death

Cambodia’s Supreme Court should resist government pressure to rule on dissolving the country’s main opposition party, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 15. Cambodia’s international donors and supporters should state clearly that dissolution of the...

China: End Conversion Therapy in Medical Settings

The Chinese government should take immediate steps to stop public hospitals and private clinics from offering conversion therapy, Human Rights Watch said in a new report on Nov 14. Those facilities’ “treatments,” which aspire to change an individual’s...

Burma: Army Report Whitewashes Ethnic Cleansing

The Burmese military’s latest claim that its forces did not commit abuses during recent operations against ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine State is contrary to a large and growing body of evidence, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 14. On November 13, 2017, a...

Tanzania: Migrant Domestic Workers in Oman, UAE Abused

Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) face excessive working hours, unpaid salaries, and physical and sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Nov 14. Abusive visa-sponsorship rules in those...

Guatemala: Courts Jeopardizing Fight Against Impunity

The remarkable progress Guatemala has made in prosecuting corruption and abuse could be reversed if the country’s highest courts don’t stop the egregious delays that are keeping powerful defendants from going to trial, Human Rights Watch said in a...

Yemen: Houthi Strike on Saudi Airport Likely War Crime

The ballistic missile strike by Houthi-Saleh forces in Yemen on Riyadh’s main international airport on November 4, 2017, is most likely a war crime, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 07. Saudi Arabia responded to the attack by claiming Iran, which it...

US: Congress Should Not Fund Abusive Immigration Policies

A year after a US election marred by divisive rhetoric, thousands of families have been torn apart and millions are living in fear because of cruel and ineffective deportation policies, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 07. Americans who want to push...