Human Rights

Morocco/Spain: Horrific Migrant Deaths at Melilla Border

Investigate Fully, Preserve Evidence, Ensure Dignified Treatment of the Dead

The deaths of at least 23 African men at the Melilla-Morocco border on June 24, 2022 requires an independent, impartial investigation capable of determining what occurred and who bears responsibility for such loss of life, Human Rights Watch said on June 29, 2022.

Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet

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Women wait for food aid at a distribution centre in Afgoye, Somalia.

Lebanon: Commitment Needed to Tackle Torture

Allocate Funds for Anti-Torture Unit; Strengthen Law, Investigations

The Lebanese authorities should effectively protect everyone, including people in detention, from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, 15 organizations said in a joint statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 27 ,2022. The authorities should also investigate all allegations of torture and ill-treatment and hold accountable members of the security forces responsible for such abuse.

Tanzania: Court to Rule on Education Ban for Pregnant Students

Amicus from Rights Groups to African Human Rights Court

A landmark case on Tanzania’s discriminatory ban against students who are pregnant, married, or are mothers at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights could impact the rights of girls across Africa, the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa, Women’s Link Worldwide, and Human Rights Watch said on June 26, 2022. The three human rights organizations submitted a joint amicus curiae brief to the court on June 17, 2022.

Actions to stem violence against women and girls ‘needed now more than ever’

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Amidst a spike in COVID-related violence against women and girls and a shortage of temporary shelters in Bangladesh, Romela Islam managed to escape her abusive marriage.

Australia: Climate Protesters’ Rights Violated

The authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) are disproportionately punishing climate protesters in violation of their basic rights to peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said on June 22, 2022. New anti-protest laws currently before parliament in the states of Victoria and Tasmania would also invoke harsh penalties for non-violent protest.

A New Project to Empower and Improve the Livelihoods of Women and Girls in Liberia

The World Bank Board has approved a financing package to improve economic livelihoods and access to social services for women and girls in targeted communities, foster positive social norms, and strengthen the government's capacity to advance women and girls’ empowerment in Liberia. The Liberia Women Empowerment Project (LWEP) is financed by the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of $44.60 million ($17.80 million grant and $26.80 million concessional credit).

Iran urged to halt imminent finger amputation of eight prisoners

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A view of Tehran, Iran's capital city.

Sudan: New Deadly Attacks in West Darfur

Strengthen Public Reporting on Individuals, Entities Committing Abuses

New attacks by armed Arab assailants on civilians in west Darfur since April 2022 have left hundreds dead, thousands displaced, and hundreds of civilian homes scorched, and property looted, Human Rights Watch said on June 22, 2022.

Landmines: US Moves Closer Toward Global Ban

Geographic Exception to Mine Ban Is Unnecessary

The Biden administration’s pledge not to use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except on the Korean peninsula is a major step forward but does not go far enough to prohibit this indiscriminate weapon, Human Rights Watch said on June 21, 2022.