Human Rights

UN appeals for restraint, ‘social cohesion’ as protests across the US continue

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Protests have been taking place in cities across the United States including in New York city...

US: Senate Should Reject EARN IT Act

The United States Senate Judiciary Committee should reject a proposed law that would jeopardize privacy and free expression rights without effectively protecting children from online sexual exploitation, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the...

US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans

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Six years before George Floyd was killed in police custody in the city of Minneapolis,...

US: Provide Reparations for 1921 ‘Tulsa Race Massacre’

State and local authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma should provide reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob killed several hundred black people and destroyed a prosperous black neighborhood, Human Rights Watch said in a report...

Nepal: Amend Intrusive Intelligence Bill

Nepal’s Special Service Bill risks giving the national intelligence agency unlimited surveillance and search powers, Human Rights Watch said on May 29,2020. The proposed law, which permits communications interception without judicial oversight, should...

Myanmar: Hundreds Jailed for Covid-19 Violations

At least 500 people, including children, returning migrant workers, and religious minorities, have been sentenced to between one month and one year in prison in Myanmar since late March 2020 for violating curfews, quarantines, or other movement...

Thailand: State of Emergency Extension Unjustified

The Thai government’s extension of its state of emergency is an apparent pretext for violating basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on May 27, 2020. On May 26, 2020, the government of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha extended the draconian...

Covid-19 Prisoner Releases Too Few, Too Slow

Governments are releasing from jails and prisons far too few people whose continued detention in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic is not justified, Human Rights Watch said on May 27, 2020, based on a global media survey. Available data indicates...

Philippines: Lasting Harm to Children from ‘Drug War’

Thousands of children in the Philippines have suffered lasting physical, emotional, and economic harm from President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said in a report and accompanying video released on May 27, 2020....

Myanmar: Imagery Shows 200 Buildings Burned

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Human Rights Watch has identified the geolocation of burned buildings in Let Kar village...