Human Rights

Sri Lanka: Police Fire on Protesters

The Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police, who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana, a town near Kandy in central Sri Lanka on April 19,...

US: Public Housing Cutbacks Jeopardize Low-Income People

The United States federal government’s cuts to public housing funding have jeopardized the living conditions of up to 2 million low-income people throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said on April 18, 2022, releasing a video about the situation...

Brazil: Invite UN Experts on Racial Justice

The Brazilian government should invite the new UN International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement to conduct a fact-finding mission in Brazil, more than 100 international and Brazilian organizations...

Maldives: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech

The Maldives authorities have not credibly addressed threats to free expression and other rights by religious extremist groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on April 14, 2022. Despite progress in media freedom under President Ibrahim...

Cyprus: Rights experts call for urgent solutions for missing persons tragedy

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Nicosia, capital of Cyprus.

Bulgaria: Free Online Textbooks for Ukrainian Refugees

A Bulgarian firm has begun providing free access to online learning materials and textbooks for children who have fled Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said on April 13, 2022.

Rights expert concerned about erosion of democracy in Brazil

Brazilian politician and human rights activist Marielle Franco was assassinated in Rio de...

Peru: Revoke Emergency Decrees

Several decrees issued by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo that suspend basic rights in certain areas of the country are disproportionate measures that open the door to abuse, Human Rights Watch said on April 11, 2022.

28 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, ‘stain of shame endures’

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A 14-year-old Rwandan boy from the town of Nyamata, photographed in June 1994,...

Roma rights advocates warn of rising hate speech: Many ‘don’t even know’ they’re being racist

A Roma woman waves hello in Chirnogi, Romania.