Human Rights

Burkina Faso: Armed Islamists Attack Education

Increasing armed Islamist group attacks on teachers, students, and schools in Burkina Faso since 2017 have had a devastating impact on children’s access to education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 26, 2020.

US: Don’t Sell Attack Helicopters to Philippines

The US Congress should block or delay sales of almost $2 billion in attack helicopters and munitions to the Philippines until the government adopts major reforms to end military abuses and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said on...

Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said on May 21, 2020. The government’s inhumane...

South Africa: End Bias in Covid-19 Food Aid

The South African government’s Covid-19 aid programs, including food parcels, have overlooked refugees and asylum seekers. They include many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who fled to South Africa to escape persecution.

Tanzania: Prisoners’ Rights Ignored in Covid-19 Response

The Tanzanian government should allow all inmates access to legal counsel to ensure their rights are respected amid the Covid-19 crisis, Human Rights Watch said on May 21, 2020. On May 19, 2020, 20 human rights organizations including the Legal and...

Brazil: Amazon Penalties Suspended Since October

Fines for illegal logging in the Amazon in Brazil have been effectively suspended since October 2019 under a Bolsonaro administration decree, Human Rights Watch said on May 20, 2020.

US: Abusive Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

An agreement between the United States and Guatemala effectively compels Salvadoran and Honduran asylum seekers to abandon their claims, Refugees International and Human Rights Watch said on May 18, 2020.

Greece: Move Migrant Children to Safety

Greek authorities should free the 276 unaccompanied migrant children currently detained in police cells and detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said on May 18, 2020 in a letter to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Releasing the children...

Egypt: No Pretense of Judicial Review for Hundreds

Egyptian authorities have been holding hundreds, and most likely thousands, of people in pretrial detention without a pretense of judicial review in a new low for the country’s justice system, Human Rights Watch said on May 15, 2020.

Development Finance for Covid-19 Crisis Should Uphold Human Rights

Human rights should guide the use of billions of dollars committed by development finance institutions to address the Covid-19 health and economic crisis, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development said on May 18, 2020.