Human Rights

Torture in Syrian Prisons is Not a Joke

This is not an April Fools’ joke. Syria, where torture is routine and pervasive, has passed a law criminalizing the practice. In an announcement that might have appeared as satire, the Syrian State News Agency (SANA) reported that the Syrian...

Kyrgyzstan: Spate of Criminal Cases Against Journalists

Kyrgyzstan authorities have stepped up the harassment of journalists and independent media with a slew of criminal investigations into their work in recent months, Human Rights Watch said on April 1, 2022.

Australia: Chemical Restraint Persists in Aged Care

The Australian government should end nursing homes’ use of chemical restraints to control the behavior of older people with dementia, Human Rights Watch said on March 30, 2022. One year ago, in March 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality...

India: Rohingya Deported to Myanmar Face Danger

The Indian government’s forced return of an ethnic Rohingya woman to Myanmar on March 22, 2022 highlights the life-threatening risks facing Rohingya refugees in India, Human Rights Watch said on March 31, 2022. International law prohibits the forced...

El Salvador: Broad ‘State of Emergency’ Risks Abuse

A broad state of emergency adopted in El Salvador in the name of security suspends a range of basic rights, opening the door to abuse, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2022.

Bangladesh: Indigenous Activist Dies in Military Custody

The Bangladesh authorities should immediately conduct an independent and transparent investigation into the death in custody of an Indigenous political activist, Human Rights Watch said on March 30, 2022. Any officers found responsible for Nabayan...

FIFA, Qatar Should Meet Rights Commitments

Journalists should press FIFA and Qatari authorities to address the serious ongoing human rights abuses in Qatar during the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha on March 31, 2022, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2022. Ahead of the FIFA Congress, Human...

Iran: Jailed Environmentalist Ends Hunger Strike

An Iranian-American-British conservationist convicted in Iran on bogus national security charges has ended his weeklong hunger strike, Human Rights Watch said on March 28, 2022. Morad Tahbaz went on a hunger strike after his temporary release abruptly...

Egypt: Police Target Sudanese Refugee Activists

Egyptian police arbitrarily arrested at least 30 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers during raids in December 2021 and January 2022 and subjected some to forced physical labor and beatings, Human Rights Watch said on March 27, 2022.

Human rights crackdowns in Libya having ‘a seriously chilling effect’

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A Sudanese man in Libya was abducted by armed elements and conscripted into forced...