Human Rights

Brick kiln workers stand up for their rights

Anti-Slavery Project Officer in India Sameer Taware on the increasingly effective struggle of bonded labourers to claim justice.

Brick kilns workers commonly fall into debt bondage and endure hard working conditions.

Addressing the security needs of Jewish communities focus of OSCE/ODIHR event in Bratislava

Addressing the security needs of Jewish communities was the focus of an event co-organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in co-operation with the Interior Ministry of the Slovak Republic, the Jewish Community of Bratislava/Slovakia and the Museum of Jewish Culture, on 14 June 2018.

Human rights: breaches in Russia, the Rakhine State and Bahrain

MEPs condemn detention of human rights defenders and breaches of free expression and assembly in Russia and Bahrain, and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State.

OSCE media freedom representative says proposed amendments to Albania’s Law on Audio-Visual Media could negatively affect public broadcaster RTSH

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir said on Jun 14, he was concerned about recent proposals to amend the Law on Audio-Visual Media in Albania.

Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School

African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Jun 14, ahead of the Day of the African Child on June 16, 2018.

Ukraine: Investigate, Punish Hate Crimes

Violent Attacks by Radical Groups Increasing

Ukraine's authorities have not responded adequately to the growing number of violent attacks and threats promoting hate and discrimination in Ukraine by members of violent radical groups, Human Rights Watch said on Jun 14,2018. In a joint letter to Ukrainian authorities Human Rights Watch and three other international human rights groups said that the authorities should immediately condemn the attacks and carry out effective investigations to hold the assailants accountable.

‘True’ peace, requires standing up for human rights, says UN chief Guterres

Doves are released at UN Headquarters as part of a ceremony in observance of International Day of Peace

Afghanistan: World Bank Should Aid Girls’ Education

Act Urgently to Reverse the Declining Number in School

The World Bank, along with the Afghan government and its donors, should use its new education program to reverse the declining number of girls in school in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday in a letter to bank management. The anticipated US$300 million donor-funded World Bank project, Education Quality Reform in Afghanistan (EQRA), is to be submitted for approval to the World Bank’s executive board in the coming weeks.

Argentina: Decriminalize Abortion

Landmark Opportunity to End Harmful Policy

The Argentine Congress should put an end to the country’s criminalization of abortion, which undermines the fundamental rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said on Jun 12, 2018. The House of Representatives will vote on a proposal to ease abortion rules on June 13, 2018.

Community-based Provision of Social Services is Key for Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities

The European Commission and the World Bank prompt discussions on the process deinstitutionalization in Croatia

In Croatia the process of replacement of residential institutions as dominant forms of care of children and persons with disabilities started over a decade ago. Croatia also ratified several international conventions and human rights treaties on the rights of children and persons with disabilities in support of the process of deinstitutionalization.