Human Rights

Peru: Revoke Emergency Decrees

Several decrees issued by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo that suspend basic rights in certain areas of the country are disproportionate measures that open the door to abuse, Human Rights Watch said on April 11, 2022.

28 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, ‘stain of shame endures’

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A 14-year-old Rwandan boy from the town of Nyamata, photographed in June 1994,...

Roma rights advocates warn of rising hate speech: Many ‘don’t even know’ they’re being racist

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A Roma woman waves hello in Chirnogi, Romania.

El Salvador: Sweeping New Laws Endanger Rights

Sweeping legal amendments passed by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly in response to gang violence violate basic due process guarantees and children’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on April 08, 2022.

Bangladesh: Stop Reprisals Against Victims, Activists

Bangladesh authorities have responded to US Treasury Department sanctions on the notoriously abusive Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) by retaliating against victims’ relatives, human rights defenders and their families, and human rights organizations, 12...

Sri Lanka: Mishandling of economic crisis triggers alarm over rights violations

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A view of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka.

El Salvador: Response to the rise in gang killings ‘cruel and inhuman’

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Gerardo Barrios Square and National Palace in El Salvador.

Turkey: Don’t Transfer Khashoggi Trial to Saudi Arabia

The Turkish government should reverse a plan approved by the justice minister and due to be rubber-stamped by a court decision to transfer the case regarding the Saudi state-sponsored murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, Human...

China: Treatment for Non-Covid Illnesses Denied

The Chinese government should respect the right to health and other basic rights in its response to the Covid-19 surge in the country, Human Rights Watch said on April 06, 2022.

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...