Human Rights

Australia: Prioritize Rights at Home, Abroad

Australia’s new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, should adopt an ambitious human rights-centered foreign policy agenda and initiate urgent domestic rights reforms, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Albanese and Foreign Minister...

Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

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Many challenges faced by persons with disabilities compared with persons without when it...

Myanmar: The Rohingya’s Decade of Detention

The Myanmar authorities have detained over 135,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims arbitrarily and indefinitely in Rakhine State for a decade, Human Rights Watch said in a web feature released on June 15, 2022. Drawing on interviews with Rohingya and...

Cambodia: 51 Opposition Politicians Convicted in Mass Trial

A Cambodian court convicted at least 51 opposition politicians and activists on June 14, 2022, in yet another mass trial on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said on June 14, 2022. The cases are part of the government’s wider crackdown...

Ukraine and rising global insecurity, test for us all, says UN rights chief

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A mother and her son wait to be evacuated from the besieged city of Mikolayiv in...

Russia: Enforced Disappearance of Ukrainian Teacher

Russian authorities have forcibly disappeared a teacher they detained in Ukraine in late March 2022, Human Rights Watch said on June 13, 2022.

Iran: 1988 Mass Executions Evident Crimes Against Humanity

Overwhelming evidence shows that the Iranian authorities’ mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in an in-depth question-and-answer document released on June 08, 2022.

Saudi Arabia: Biden Visit Risks Fostering Repression

US President Joe Biden’s expected visit to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman risks encouraging new abuses and further entrenching impunity, 13 human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, said in a joint letter to...

Attacks on Education Increased Worldwide During Pandemic

More than 9,000 students, teachers, and academics were harmed, injured, or killed in attacks on education during armed conflict over the past two years, according to Education under Attack 2022, a report published by the Global Coalition to Protect...

China: No Justice 33 Years after Tiananmen Massacre

Chinese authorities have over the past year stepped up the harassment and persecution of activists for commemorating the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, Human Rights Watch said on June 02, 2022. The Chinese government should acknowledge and take...