Human Rights

India: Prosecute Soldiers in Kashmir ‘Encounter Killing’

Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act

(New York) - The recent killing of three men by soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir in an apparent faked encounter with so-called militants underscores the urgency for the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers (Jammu and Kashmir) Act (AFSPA), Human Rights Watch said today. Under the Act, which has been in force in Kashmir since 1990, soldiers may not be prosecuted in a civilian court unless sanctioned by the federal government, which is extremely rare.

Morocco: Police Harass Two Outspoken Journalists

Ali Amar, Author of Banned Book About King, Among Targets of Early Morning Raid

New York) - The Moroccan authorities should stop the apparently politically motivated harassment of two outspoken journalists, Ali Amar and Zineb El Rhazoui, Human Rights Watch said today.

Older Citizens and People with Special Needs Must Plan In Advance for Emergencies

ALBANY, N.Y. - Being prepared for an emergency is everyone’s responsibility. If you are elderly or have disabilities or special needs, careful planning is essential to survive a tornado, flood, fire or other disaster.

New agreement enables UN to continue human rights work in Nepal

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal will continue to work out of the nation’s capital for another year, but will close down field offices outside of Kathmandu, according to an agreement announced today with the Government.

Former child human trafficking victim pursues career with ICE of USA

At 10 years old, Shyima Hall's life was analogous to a dark fairy tale. As a human trafficking victim in Irvine, Calif., her everyday existence was hopeless drudgery, living in penury and servitude, all the while being verbally abused. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents discovered Hall after an anonymous tip led to a full-scale investigation of her traffickers, which freed Hall to open a new and promising chapter of her life. Today, Hall is a 20-year-old Southern California college student studying law enforcement. Her goal is to become an ICE special agent.

Supporting workplace advice for our most vulnerable workers

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, today announced assistance for Community Based Employment Advice Services that deliver vital workplace services and advice for our most vulnerable workers

UN lauds commitment of Central African nations to halt use of child soldiers

Six countries in Central Africa have committed to end the recruitment of child soldiers, a move welcomed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a step forward in giving all young people in the region a better life.

Top UN envoy calls for dialogue to curb violence against Timorese women

The top United Nations envoy to Timor-Leste has underscored the need for dialogue to bring an end to gender-based violence in the fledgling South-East Asian nation.

AJC Condemns UN Human Rights Council Flotilla Vote‏

NEW YORK— The American Jewish Committee condemned a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council which authorizes “an independent international fact-finding mission” into Israel’s interception of ships bound for Gaza organized by the pro-Hamas “Free Gaza” movement.

US: Act to end Lord's Resistance Army Violence in Central Africa

(Washington, DC) - President Barack Obama should move swiftly to implement landmark legislation he signed today committing the US to help civilians in central Africa threatened by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a coalition of 49 human rights, humanitarian, and faith-based groups said today. The rebel group has carried out one of the world's longest-running and most brutal insurgencies.