Human Rights

UN rights chief concludes China trip with promise of improved relations

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High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet during her visit to China, in Ürümqi,...

Afghan authorities urged to address serious human rights challenges

Richard Bennett, speaks at a special event on human rights at the United Nations in 2016.

Tajikistan: Stop Abusing Autonomous Region Protesters

Tajik authorities should ensure an effective investigation into police use of force leading to civilian deaths and casualties during May 2022 protests in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, Human Rights Watch said on May 26, 2022. The...

Turkey Fails Domestic Violence Victims

The Turkish government is failing victims of domestic violence even though the police and courts have issued a rising number of restraining orders designed to protect women and break cycles of abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May...

Nepal responsible for torture, rape and killing of teenage girl: UN rights committee

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Entrance to the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal.

AU: Focus on Root Causes of Conflict, Political Instability

African Union (AU) member countries should use their upcoming summit to commit to addressing human rights issues underlying armed conflict and political upheaval on the African continent, Human Rights Watch said on May 24, 2022. The Extraordinary...

Afghans Call to #FreeHerFace

A new social media campaign, #FreeHerFace, has Afghan male journalists and others posting selfies with their faces covered, in solidarity with the Afghan women journalists facing a harmful new Taliban decree.

Thailand: Free Detained Monarchy Reform Activists

Thai authorities should immediately drop the charges and release pro-democracy activists detained for insulting the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on May 22, 2022. Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon, who has been on a hunger strike since April 20, 2022,...

UN: Rights Chief’s Credibility at Stake in China Visit

The upcoming visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible, Human Rights Watch said on May 20, 2022. High Commissioner...

Iran: Arrests Amid Economic Protests

Iranian authorities have arrested several prominent activists on baseless accusations amid labor union strikes and ongoing protests against rising prices, since May 6, 2022, in dozens of small towns, Human Rights Watch said on May 20, 2022. Those...