Human Rights

UN: Expose Abuses of Women in Detention in North Korea

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women should press the North Korean government to stop security officials and prison guards from physically and sexually abusing female prisoners, Human Rights Watch said on NOv...

UN advocate vows to give 'visibility' to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

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The Victims’ Rights Advocate for the United Nations, Jane Connors, briefing the press...

UN Security Council: Refer Burma to the ICC

The United Nations Security Council should refer Burma to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because of Burma’s failure to investigate mass atrocities against ethnic Rohingya, Human Rights Watch said in releasing a new question-and-answer document...

Mali: Defense Ministry Promises Abuse Inquiry

The Mali Defense Ministry’s stated commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces during operations in central Mali is a meaningful step toward accountability, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 03.

UN report concludes ISIL committed ‘international crimes’ during Mosul battle

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Pictured here the destruction in 17 Tammuz district, western Mosul, Iraq, one of the most...

'Injustice against journalists costly for society,' says UNESCO chief on International Day

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A crowd of journalists in Maluku transit camp, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of...

Iraq: Anbar Displaced Barred from Going Home

Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home to retaken areas over perceived ties to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said on Nov 02. Iraqi authorities also are evicting other families in an...

Turkey: Arrest of Civil Society Leader Arbitrary, Punitive

An Istanbul court decision on November 1, 2017, to imprison a businessman and civic leader is an example of the politicized and arbitrary nature of Turkey’s justice system, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 02.

OSCE/ODIHR builds capacity of Montenegro’s parliament to conduct gender-sensitive analysis of legislation

Mainstreaming gender in the legislative process in Montenegro was the focus of a workshop for 32 members and secretaries of Montenegro’s parliamentary committees held in Podgorica on 30 and 31 October 2017. The event was organized by the OSCE Mission...

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November 2017

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion,...