Human Rights

Iran: Release Detained Teacher Activists

Iranian authorities have increased their crackdown against teachers organizing for their rights, Human Rights Watch said on May 5, 2022. The authorities should immediately and unconditionally release teachers detained for engaging in peaceful protests...

Threats to media workers’ freedom ‘growing by the day’, UN chief warns

Journalists and media workers are facing “increasing politicization” of their work and threats to their freedom to simply do their jobs, that are “growing by the day”, said the UN chief, marking World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday.

Central African Republic: Abuses by Russia-Linked Forces

Forces in the Central African Republic, whom witnesses identified as Russian, appear to have summarily executed, tortured, and beaten civilians since 2019, Human Rights Watch said on May 03, 2022. National authorities, the country’s Special Criminal...

Mexico: Address Persistent Violence Against Journalists

Escalating violence against journalists in Mexico is seriously undermining press freedom, Human Rights Watch said on May 3, on World Press Freedom Day. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador should take urgent steps to strengthen the federal government...

El Salvador: Evidence of Serious Abuse in State of Emergency

There is mounting evidence that El Salvadoran authorities have been committing serious human rights violations since adopting a state of emergency on March 27, 2022, Human Rights Watch and Cristosal said on May 2, 2022. The organizations, which are...

Iran: Labor Protests Surge

Iranian workers are facing mounting economic and political challenges to realizing their labor rights, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Activists (HRA), an Iranian human rights documentation group said, ahead of International Workers’ Day on May 1...

Poland: Trafficking, Exploitation Risks for Refugees

Refugees from Ukraine, particularly women and girls, face heightened risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, and other exploitation due to lack of systematic protection and security measures in Poland.

Human rights: Belarus journalists win World Press Freedom Prize

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Protesters detained during demonstrations in Minsk, Belarus, are released from...

Russia: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War

Russian authorities should stop broadcasting programs featuring images of and interviews with captured Ukrainian soldiers that expose them to public curiosity, Human Rights Watch said on April 28, 2022. Such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs,...

European Union: Rules for Batteries Should Cover Bauxite, Copper, Iron

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A man washes clothes next to a road used by a bauxite mining consortium in Guinea...