Human Rights

Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive ‘Virginity Tests’

Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity...

Saudi Arabia: Scant Justice for Pakistanis

Families of detained migrant workers protesting inadequate Pakistani government...

International Women’s Day 2018: empowering women and girls in the media and ICT

EU Commissioners Vĕra Jourová and Mariya Gabriel, MEPs and 27 MPs from 17 EU national parliaments and Norway will be among the participants in this inter-parliamentary meeting, marking International Women’s Day (IWD).

Why Indonesia’s Christian Diaspora Fears Going Home

Three undocumented Indonesian immigrants have taken sanctuary in a New Jersey church to avoid deportation from the United States. The men say they’re afraid to go back to Indonesia because being members of the country’s Christian minority makes them...

UN chief condemns abduction of school girls in north-east Nigeria, calls for their immediate release

A file photo of a 17-year-old girl, ‘Aminata,’ who was forced to live with Boko Haram for two...

Yemen: Houthis Sentence Baha’i Man to Death

Houthi authorities should drop all charges against a Baha’i man who was sentenced to death on January 2, 2018 because of his religious beliefs, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 27, 2018. The Houthis should unconditionally release Hamed Kamal Haydara and...

US: Freezing Cells for Detained Migrants

United States border agents routinely hold families, including infants, in freezing cells when it takes them into custody at or near the border, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 28, 2018.

Morocco: New Violence Against Women Law

Morocco’s new law on violence against women provides protections for survivors but contains gaps that should be addressed, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 26, 2018.

Egypt: Arrests Escalate Ahead of Unfair Elections

Egyptian authorities carried out a series of arbitrary arrests in late January and February, 2018, in an escalating crackdown against political opposition, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 26, 2018. Among those arrested is Abd al-Moniem Abu al-Fotouh, a...

Rights violations in South Sudan may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, concludes UN panel

Remains of a burnt out home in Bor, South Sudan.