Human Rights

Sudan: Prisoner Release Left Many Activists Behind

Dozens Remain, Some Forcibly Disappeared

Dozens of prominent activists remain in detention in Sudan, despite the release of more than 50 people on February 18 and 19, 2018.

Bangladesh: Scrap Draconian Elements of Digital Security Act

Cabinet Approves New Law That is Overly Broad and Ripe for Abuse

The Bangladeshi government should review and reform the proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) instead of enacting the law in its current form, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 22, 2018.

Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist

Exonerate, Free Nabeel Rajab

The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 22, 2018. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression.

Afghanistan: Alleged Summary Executions by Special Forces

Investigate Civilian Deaths in Kandahar Village Raids

The Afghan government and US military should investigate reports that Afghan special forces summarily executed civilians in Kandahar province during military operations from January 31 to February 1, 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 21, 2018. Security personnel found to be responsible for abuses, including failing to report possible war crimes, should be held accountable.

Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse

Emphasize Rehabilitation, Develop Child-Specific Procedures

Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 21, 2018.

US: Private Probation Harming the Poor

Programs Shift Costs to Offenders

The cost of private probation supervision disproportionately harms the poor, often criminalizing a person’s inability to pay their probation fees and court costs, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 20, 2018.

US: Focus Senate Debate on ‘Dreamers,’ Oversight

Prioritize Addressing Rights Abuses in Immigration System

Senators should address childhood arrivals to the United States and clean up an abusive immigration system during their immigration debate, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 13, 2018.

Thailand: Rights Agenda Hollow Without Major Reforms

Fulfill Pledges, Restore Democratic Rule

Thailand’s human rights agenda will be meaningless until the government fulfills its repeated pledges to respect basic rights and restore democratic rule, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 14. On February 12, 2018, Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha hosted an event at the Government House in Bangkok to promote the national human rights agenda, which was adopted in November. Hundreds of guests, including 55 foreign diplomats and representatives from international and multilateral organizations, attended.

Providing quality jobs through suppliers

Guest blog: Daniel Keyworth from Legal & General on the company’s role in pushing for quality jobs in its supply chains.

There are estimated 13,000 people in slavery across the UK because of their restricted working conditions. Most commonly, people are trafficked into forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and car washes.

Iran: Investigate Suspicious Deaths in Detention, Release Activists

Authorities Crackdown on Environmentalists

A third suspicious death in Iranian prisons since early January 2018 underscores the need for an immediate independent inquiry, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 13. On February 10, the family of a well-known Iranian environmentalist, Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, who had been in detention for two weeks on bogus charges, reported that he had died under unknown circumstances.