Human Rights

Tanzania: Migrant Domestic Workers in Oman, UAE Abused

Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) face excessive working hours, unpaid salaries, and physical and sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Nov 14. Abusive visa-sponsorship rules in those...

Guatemala: Courts Jeopardizing Fight Against Impunity

The remarkable progress Guatemala has made in prosecuting corruption and abuse could be reversed if the country’s highest courts don’t stop the egregious delays that are keeping powerful defendants from going to trial, Human Rights Watch said in a...

Yemen: Houthi Strike on Saudi Airport Likely War Crime

The ballistic missile strike by Houthi-Saleh forces in Yemen on Riyadh’s main international airport on November 4, 2017, is most likely a war crime, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 07. Saudi Arabia responded to the attack by claiming Iran, which it...

US: Congress Should Not Fund Abusive Immigration Policies

A year after a US election marred by divisive rhetoric, thousands of families have been torn apart and millions are living in fear because of cruel and ineffective deportation policies, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 07. Americans who want to push...

World Bank: Few Improvements on India’s Tea Plantations

The World Bank should fulfill its commitment to protect workers through its investment in tea plantations in Assam, India, six Indian and international nongovernmental organizations said on Nov 06. In November 2016, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (...

UN: Expose Abuses of Women in Detention in North Korea

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women should press the North Korean government to stop security officials and prison guards from physically and sexually abusing female prisoners, Human Rights Watch said on NOv...

UN advocate vows to give 'visibility' to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

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The Victims’ Rights Advocate for the United Nations, Jane Connors, briefing the press...

UN Security Council: Refer Burma to the ICC

The United Nations Security Council should refer Burma to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because of Burma’s failure to investigate mass atrocities against ethnic Rohingya, Human Rights Watch said in releasing a new question-and-answer document...

Mali: Defense Ministry Promises Abuse Inquiry

The Mali Defense Ministry’s stated commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces during operations in central Mali is a meaningful step toward accountability, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 03.

UN report concludes ISIL committed ‘international crimes’ during Mosul battle

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Pictured here the destruction in 17 Tammuz district, western Mosul, Iraq, one of the most...