Human Rights

Google: Safeguard Rights in China

Google should not offer censored search services in China and should protect employee whistleblowers who raise ethical concerns, Human Rights Watch and other organizations and advocates said in a letter released on August 28, 2018.

US: The Fight to Overturn Florida’s Lifetime Voting Ban

Florida should make history by voting “Yes” on Florida’s Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions who have served their time, Human Rights Watch said on August 27, 2018.

UN Security Council Should Seek Justice for Myanmar Atrocities

United Nations member countries should urgently act to ensure that those responsible for atrocity crimes in Myanmar are held to account, Human Rights Watch said. The UN Security Council should refer the situation in Myanmar to the International...

US Women’s Equality Celebrated on Anniversary of 19th Amendment

Women’s Equality Day on Sunday marks the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

Australia: Press Vietnam To End Systemic Abuses

The Australian government should press the Vietnamese government to release political prisoners and detainees; end repression of free speech, association, and assembly; and take steps to end police brutality.

Syria: ISIS Holding Children Hostage

Islamic State (also known as ISIS) fighters are holding at least 27 people hostage, including at least 16 children, in southern Syria, Human Rights Watch said on August 25, 2018. Local residents say that ISIS is holding the hostages in the eastern...

Central African Republic: Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes

A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five...

Yemen: Coalition Fails to Curb Violations

The Saudi-led coalition’s investigations into alleged war crimes in Yemen have lacked credibility and failed to provide redress to civilian victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on August 24, 2018.

Vietnam: Activists Beaten in Concert Raid

Vietnamese government officers and men in civilian clothes raided a concert in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15, 2018, and severely beat the performer and two prominent activists in the audience, Human Rights Watch said on August 22. Vietnam should...

Libya: 45 Sentenced to Death for 2011 Killings

Libya’s judiciary convicted 99 defendants in a mass trial on August 15, 2018, sentencing 45 to death and 54 to five years in prison, Human Rights Watch said on August 22. The judiciary has a record of conducting unfair trials.