Human Rights

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

MEPs deplore the crackdown on dissent in Azerbaijan and urge Sudanese authorities to end violence against those protesting President al-Bashir’s regime.

Accountability for atrocities in Myanmar ‘cannot be expected’ within its borders – UN investigator

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A young child sleeps in a shelter at the Kyein Ni Pyin camp in Rakhine province, Myanmar. Over 700,000 members...

Russia: Unaddressed Domestic Violence Puts Women at Risk

Russian authorities often fail to protect women from domestic violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 25, 2018. Serious gaps in Russia’s laws, the lack of protection orders, and inadequate police and judicial responses leave...

French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee

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The niqab is a full-body Islamic piece of clothing, worn by some women in some devout Muslim...

Human Rights Watch Wins Award for Nursing Home Study

A leading organization promoting the rights of older people awarded Human Rights Watch its annual Public Service Award on October 22, 2018.

Palestine: Authorities Crush Dissent

The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 23, 2018. As the Palestinian Authority-Hamas feud...

Sri Lanka: Amend Counterterrorism Bill

Sri Lanka’s draft counterterrorism law significantly improves upon the current, abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) but needs further safeguards against rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a commentary released on October 21, 2018....

UAE: Jailed British Academic Denied Rights

The United Arab Emirates detained a British academic for months without charge, denying him his due process rights, Human Rights Watch said on October 21, 2018. The abuses raise serious concerns about whether Matthew Hedges, a doctoral candidate at...

UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’ on International Day

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Young boys standing in front of damaged buildings in Saada, Yemen, where bombing has left...

Vietnam: Drop Activist’s Long Sentence

Vietnam should reverse the draconian sentence imposed on a veteran environment and democracy activist, Le Dinh Luong, and release him, Human Rights Watch said on October 16. The appeals court is scheduled to hear his case on October 18, 2018, in Nghe...