Human Rights

Uzbekistan: Backsliding on Religious Freedom Promises

The Uzbek government is restricting religious freedom despite promises to eliminate restrictions, Human Rights Watch said on May 24, 2023. The government is preventing registration of religious communities, subjecting former religious prisoners to...

Horn of Africa: Over 7 million children under the age of 5 remain malnourished

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A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and...

El Salvador: Renewed state of emergency undermines right to fair trial

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Gerardo Barrios Square and National Palace in El Salvador.

Poland: Proposed Law Threatens Children’s Rights

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has published proposed legislation that, if passed, would undermine children’s rights to education, health, and information, Human Rights Watch said.

Indonesia: Student Media at Risk

The Indonesian government should support the national Press Council’s efforts to protect university media outlets and mediate their disputes with school authorities, Human Rights Watch said on May 22, 2023. On the same day, more than 150 college...

Australia: Deliver on Human Rights Pledges

Australia’s Labor Party government of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese should fulfill all rights-related election pledges and urgently deliver improvements on climate, refugee policy, and First Nations justice, Human Rights Watch said on May 18, 2023....

UN rights expert exposes $1 billion ‘death trade’ in arms for Myanmar military

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Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar,...

Bangladesh: New Risks for Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh and Myanmar are organizing returns of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar’s Rakhine State without consulting the community or addressing the grave risks to their lives and liberty, Human Rights Watch said on May 18, 2023.

Saudi Arabia: Ensure Respect for Civil Society Vision

Saudi Arabian civil society organizations, activists, and dissidents should be able to freely articulate their vision and agenda for a rights-respecting future for their country without fear of reprisals, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International...

Angola: No Letup in Crackdown on Cabinda Activists

The Angolan government should immediately end its longstanding crackdown on political and human rights activists in the oil-rich province of Cabinda, Human Rights Watch said on May 16, 2023.