Human Rights

El Salvador: Sweeping New Laws Endanger Rights

Sweeping legal amendments passed by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly in response to gang violence violate basic due process guarantees and children’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on April 08, 2022.

Bangladesh: Stop Reprisals Against Victims, Activists

Bangladesh authorities have responded to US Treasury Department sanctions on the notoriously abusive Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) by retaliating against victims’ relatives, human rights defenders and their families, and human rights organizations, 12...

Sri Lanka: Mishandling of economic crisis triggers alarm over rights violations

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A view of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka.

El Salvador: Response to the rise in gang killings ‘cruel and inhuman’

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Gerardo Barrios Square and National Palace in El Salvador.

Turkey: Don’t Transfer Khashoggi Trial to Saudi Arabia

The Turkish government should reverse a plan approved by the justice minister and due to be rubber-stamped by a court decision to transfer the case regarding the Saudi state-sponsored murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, Human...

China: Treatment for Non-Covid Illnesses Denied

The Chinese government should respect the right to health and other basic rights in its response to the Covid-19 surge in the country, Human Rights Watch said on April 06, 2022.

Torture in Syrian Prisons is Not a Joke

This is not an April Fools’ joke. Syria, where torture is routine and pervasive, has passed a law criminalizing the practice. In an announcement that might have appeared as satire, the Syrian State News Agency (SANA) reported that the Syrian...

Kyrgyzstan: Spate of Criminal Cases Against Journalists

Kyrgyzstan authorities have stepped up the harassment of journalists and independent media with a slew of criminal investigations into their work in recent months, Human Rights Watch said on April 1, 2022.

Australia: Chemical Restraint Persists in Aged Care

The Australian government should end nursing homes’ use of chemical restraints to control the behavior of older people with dementia, Human Rights Watch said on March 30, 2022. One year ago, in March 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality...

India: Rohingya Deported to Myanmar Face Danger

The Indian government’s forced return of an ethnic Rohingya woman to Myanmar on March 22, 2022 highlights the life-threatening risks facing Rohingya refugees in India, Human Rights Watch said on March 31, 2022. International law prohibits the forced...