Human Rights

‘We want justice for these girls’: the Kenyan helpline for victims of gender violence

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Kenyan market vendors practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

North Korea: Horrific Pretrial Detention System

The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 19, 2020. Former detainees described systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic...

Mauritania: Free Activists Held on Blasphemy Charges

Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention since February 26, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on October 19, 2020. The Nouakchott West...

Rape is wrong but death penalty, castration, not the answer: UN rights chief

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Liberian men march with anti-rape posters.

Nigeria: Crackdown on Police Brutality Protests

Nigerian security forces have responded to overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality with more violence and abuse.

Thailand: Emergency Decree Pretext for Crackdown

The Thai government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok is a pretext for a crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said on October 15, 2020. Since the declaration of a state of emergency on October 15, 2020, the police...

Indonesia: New Law Hurts Workers, Indigenous Groups

Indonesia’s government should revise a new jobs law to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said on October 15, 2020. The omnibus bill on job creation, which the House of Representatives passed on October 5, 2020, restricts...

Algeria: Mass Convictions for Homosexuality

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding,” Human Rights Watch said on October 15, 2020. The authorities should void the...

New report highlights value of UN’s human rights work in the field

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UN human rights investigators accompanied by peacekeepers from the UN mission in Mali,...

India: Women at Risk of Sexual Abuse at Work

The Indian government’s failure to properly enforce its sexual harassment law leaves millions of women in the workplace exposed to abuse without remedy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 14, 2020. The government should urgently...