Human Rights

US: Focus Senate Debate on ‘Dreamers,’ Oversight

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

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...

Providing quality jobs through suppliers

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...

Iran: Investigate Suspicious Deaths in Detention, Release Activists

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...

Israel: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits

The record-low rate of permits issued by Israel for Palestinians seeking vital medical treatment outside Gaza underlines the urgent need for Israel to end its decade-long closure of the Gaza Strip, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty...

Syria: Landmines Kill, Injure Hundreds in Raqqa

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Warning about mines written on outside wall of building in Raqqa, Syria, January 21, 2018.

Mauritania: Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Mauritania’s human rights defenders face repression when they raise the country’s most sensitive social issues, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 12, 2018. The issues include ethnic and caste discrimination, slavery, and the need for...

World loses a 'human rights giant,' says UN chief on death of rights expert Asma Jahangir

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Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran Asma Jahangir.

Urgent action needed as violence soars in war-torn Syria – UN

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One of the manual water pumps around East-Ghouta serving as one of the very few water sources in...

Mauritania: Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts

Mauritanian authorities have detained an activist since January 24, 2018, apparently over social media posts decrying discrimination, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 10, 2018. The activist, Abdallahi Salem Ould Yali, used social media to urge the...