Human Rights

Iraq: New Protester Deaths Despite Order Not to Fire

Security forces across Iraq are using lethal force against protesters despite orders to stop, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 04, 2019. The orders to stop using live ammunition were issued by Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, who resigned as prime minister on...

Gambia: Commission Uncovers Ex-Dictator’s Alleged Crimes

A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 04, 2019. These include ordering the killing and torture of...

Iraq: Abductions Linked to Baghdad Protests

At least seven people, including a boy of 16, were reported missing since October 7 from or near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where they were participating in ongoing protests in Iraq’s capital, Human Rights Watch said on Dec 02, 2019. Four were still...

Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education

The government Bangladesh is blocking aid groups from providing any meaningful education to Rohingya children in refugee camps and banning the children from attending schools outside the camps, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Dec 02,...

Russia: Conviction in Politically Motivated Case

A court in Moscow found Roman Udot, an election rights activist, guilty on November 28, 2019 of threatening the life of two broadcast journalists in a politically motivated prosecution, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 28, 2019. The court sentenced Udot...

Indonesia: Free Peaceful Papua Activists

Indonesian authorities should drop treason charges and release at least 22 activists detained since August 2019 for peaceful acts of free expression concerning Papua, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 28, 2019. These abusive prosecutions show...

Jordan: New Arrests of Activists

Jordanian authorities are seeking to limit protests over austerity policies throughout 2019 by targeting protest leaders, participants, and other critics for harassment and arrest, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 28, 2019. At least seven activists have...

UN: States Denounce Egypt’s Rights Record

United Nations member countries offered strong criticism and scores of recommendations addressing Egypt’s human rights crisis at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on November 13, 2019, Human Rights Watch said on...

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Refugees’ Movements Restricted

Security forces for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have arbitrarily imposed restrictions on movement for most residents of Makhmour refugee camp for Turkish Kurds since mid-July 2019, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 27, 2019.

Iran: Deliberate Coverup of Brutal Crackdown

Iranian authorities are deliberately covering up the scale of the mass crackdown against protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 27, 2019. The government should immediately announce the number of deaths, arrests, and detentions from the recent...