Human Rights

Sri Lanka: Government Backers Attack Peaceful Protesters

Emergency Powers Should Not Enable Human Rights Violations

Clashes broke out in Sri Lanka on May 9, 2022 after government supporters attacked peaceful anti-government protest sites in Colombo, the capital, and elsewhere, Human Rights Watch said on May 10, 2022. The government should uphold the right to peaceful protest, ensure that the security force response to public disorder is proportionate and rejects excessive force, and promptly investigate and appropriately prosecute acts of violence.

Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to stay home; cover up in public

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Women in a waiting room of a clinic in Afghanistan.

Nigeria: Prioritize Justice for Abuses Against Protesters

Carry Out Judicial Panel Recommendations; Tackle Climate of Impunity

Nigerian authorities have made no effort to ensure justice for the killing of protesters in Lagos state in 2020, six months after a judicial panel implicated security forces in the abuses, Human Rights Watch said on May 09, 2022. The authorities should act on the panel’s recommendations and hold those responsible to account.

Lebanon: New Parliament Should Focus on Rights Issues

Few Responses to Questionnaire for Candidates

Candidates for Lebanon’s parliament should be making firm commitments to strengthen human rights protections during these difficult times for Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said on May 09, 2022.

UNICEF highlights devastating mental health dangers for Ukraine’s children

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A Ukrainian girl comforts her six-year-old brother as they prepare to leave a UNICEF-supported centre in Romania for their next destination.

Peru: Lethal force by police officers must be barred from peaceful demonstrations

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Aerial view of Lima, the capital of Peru.

New study outlines importance of gender for children caught up in conflict

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Students of the Warkak's accelerated learning center in Daikundi Province, Afghanistan, walk home together over the dusty hills.

7.7 million people displaced inside Ukraine, warns UN relief chief, as aid conference raises $6.5 billion

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A woman walks past destroyed apartment buildings and vehicles in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

Lebanon: Credible Plans Needed on Education Crisis

Donors Should Press Ministry to Improve Access, Transparency; End Policy Barriers

Donor governments should address the unprecedented education crisis in Lebanon at the funding conference on May 10, 2022, in Brussels, the Center for Lebanese Studies and Human Rights Watch said on May 06, 2022. Public schools for hundreds of thousands of Lebanese and Syrian students have largely been closed for the last three school years.

Iran: Release Detained Teacher Activists

More Than 20 Teachers detained

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 and labor organization.