Human Rights

Argentina: Decriminalize Abortion

The Argentine Congress should put an end to the country’s criminalization of abortion, which undermines the fundamental rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said on Jun 12, 2018. The House of Representatives will vote on a proposal to ease...

Community-based Provision of Social Services is Key for Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities

In Croatia the process of replacement of residential institutions as dominant forms of care of children and persons with disabilities started over a decade ago. Croatia also ratified several international conventions and human rights treaties on the...

Vietnam Passes Sweeping New Cybersecurity Law

Vietnamese lawmakers have approved a new cybersecurity law that human rights activists say will stifle freedom of speech.

The law will require online content providers such as Google and Facebook to remove content deemed offensive by...

Zimbabwe: Lack of Reform Risks Credible Elections

The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated promises that elections will be free and fair, the...

North Korea: End Repressive Rule, Rights Abuses

The North Korean government should immediately undertake meaningful reforms that will end the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Human Rights Watch and more than 300 nongovernmental organizations said on...

Angola: Video Shows Apparent Execution by Police

Angolan authorities should promptly investigate the apparent summary execution of a criminal suspect by police officers in Luanda that was captured on video and shared on social media. The killing is one of dozens of reported cases of killings of...

North Korea: Prioritize Dire Rights Situation

North Korea remains one of the world’s most repressive states despite recent diplomatic openings with South Korea, the United States, and other countries, Human Rights Watch said on Jun 05 in a mid-year update to its annual summary of the human rights...

Morocco: Another Crackdown on Protests

Moroccan police responded to March 2018 protests in the impoverished mining town of Jerada with weeks of repression, Human Rights Watch said. Security forces used excessive force against protesters, recklessly drove a police van into a 16-year-old boy...

Kenya: Police Threaten Activists Reporting Abuse

Kenyan officials and police officers have been threatening activists trying to get justice for police killings and other serious abuses during the 2017 elections.

Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime

A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said on May 31, 2018.