Human Rights

El Salvador: Broad ‘State of Emergency’ Risks Abuse

A broad state of emergency adopted in El Salvador in the name of security suspends a range of basic rights, opening the door to abuse, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2022.

Bangladesh: Indigenous Activist Dies in Military Custody

The Bangladesh authorities should immediately conduct an independent and transparent investigation into the death in custody of an Indigenous political activist, Human Rights Watch said on March 30, 2022. Any officers found responsible for Nabayan...

FIFA, Qatar Should Meet Rights Commitments

Journalists should press FIFA and Qatari authorities to address the serious ongoing human rights abuses in Qatar during the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha on March 31, 2022, Human Rights Watch said on March 29, 2022. Ahead of the FIFA Congress, Human...

Iran: Jailed Environmentalist Ends Hunger Strike

An Iranian-American-British conservationist convicted in Iran on bogus national security charges has ended his weeklong hunger strike, Human Rights Watch said on March 28, 2022. Morad Tahbaz went on a hunger strike after his temporary release abruptly...

Egypt: Police Target Sudanese Refugee Activists

Egyptian police arbitrarily arrested at least 30 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers during raids in December 2021 and January 2022 and subjected some to forced physical labor and beatings, Human Rights Watch said on March 27, 2022.

Human rights crackdowns in Libya having ‘a seriously chilling effect’

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A Sudanese man in Libya was abducted by armed elements and conscripted into forced...

Learn from the past, ‘stand united against racism’ – UN chief

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A man holds a sign reading 'Slavery still Exists' in the United States.

Kyrgyzstan: Repeal Protest Ban

Kyrgyz authorities should immediately repeal restrictions that prohibit any gatherings in front of the Russian Embassy in Bishkek, Human Rights Watch said on March 24, 2022. The authorities should also cancel fines imposed on three human rights...

Myanmar: Armed Forces Day Spotlights Atrocities

Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day on March 27, 2022, is an opportunity for foreign governments to take stronger action against the military’s widespread abuses, Human Rights Watch said on March 25, 2022.

Afghanistan: Reopening Girls’ Schools Needs Watching

The Taliban’s pledge to allow all girls’ secondary schools in Afghanistan to reopen on March 23, 2022, needs careful monitoring, Human Rights Watch said the day before. Aziz Ahmad Rayan, an Afghan education ministry spokesman, told the media on March...