Human Rights

Bahrain: Activists’ Kin Convicted in Flawed Trial

A criminal court in Manama on October 30, 2017, sentenced three relatives of a prominent exiled Bahraini human rights defender to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 30. The judicial process was marred by...

OECD: Examine Local Hunger Crisis in Colombia

A house in a rural Wayuu community in La Guajira, Colombia, June 2016.

Equatorial Guinea: President’s Son Convicted of Laundering Millions

A Parisian court on October 27, 2017, convicted the president of Equatorial Guinea’s eldest son in absentia of embezzling tens of millions of euro from his government and laundering the proceeds in France.

Algeria: Surge in Deportations of Migrants

Algerian authorities have been rounding up sub-Saharan Africans in and around Algiers and have deported more than 3,000 to Niger since August 25, 2017, without giving them an opportunity to challenge their expulsion, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 30...

Crisis in Rakhine 'decades in the making' and reaches beyond Myanmar's borders – UN rights expert

Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, briefs...

Qatar: Implementation Will Be Key for Labor Reforms

The Qatari government’s newly announced labor reforms are a step in the right direction, but their implementation will be the decisive factor, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 27.

Syria: Chemical Findings Demand Accountability

The United Nations Security Council and Chemical Weapons Convention member countries should take strong measures to ensure accountability after a UN-appointed inquiry found the Syrian government responsible for an April 2017 chemical attack that...

NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for American Airlines

The U.S.’s oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP, is warning black flyers to exercise caution when flying American Airlines after a string of “disturbing incidents.”

Australia/PNG: Refugees Face Unchecked Violence

Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have failed to protect the well-being of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers sent to Manus Island under Australia’s mandatory offshore processing policy, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 25. About 770 men remain...

US: Doctors Need Intersex Care Standards

Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released on Oct 26, 2017....