Human Rights

South Sudan: Violence against civilians ticks up despite fall in attacks overall

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Waves of fighting have displaced families in the Upper Nile State in South Sudan...

Saudi Arabia: Jordanian Executed After Unfair Trial

Saudi authorities executed Hussein Abu al-Khair, a Jordanian citizen, on March 12, 2023, after his conviction for a nonviolent drug crime, Human Rights Watch said on March 17, 2023. The judge ignored his allegations that he had confessed only after...

More than two years on, impact of Myanmar military coup ‘devastating’

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A woman holds her six-month-old son in front of their small makeshift home in...

Mozambique: Police Teargas Rapper’s Funeral Procession

Mozambican authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the police use of teargas on the funeral procession of a famous rap star on March 14, 2023, in Maputo, Human Rights Watch said on March 16, 2023. Edson da Luz, known as “Azagaia,” who...

Egypt: End Stranglehold on Nongovernmental Groups

The Egyptian government should abolish the April 11, 2023 registration deadline for the country’s draconian 2019 associations law until the law is amended to ensure that nongovernmental organizations can operate freely without intrusive government...

Myanmar: Social media companies urged to stand up to junta

In an appeal to internet chat platforms to monitor content more carefully and allocate...

Bahrain: 4 Arrested Over Tweets

Bahraini authorities arrested four people over social media posts in early March 2023, Human Rights Watch said on March 14, 2023. One of those arrested had called for reform of Bahrain’s parliamentary system ahead of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU...

Cambodia: Labor Leader, Activists Face Baseless Charges

Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release union president, Chhim Sithar, and drop the baseless criminal charges against her and eight other union members, Human Rights Watch said on March 14, 2023.

US Honors Women and Girls Who Protested in Iran

The U.S. State Department Wednesday honored women and girls who have led protests in Iran as it gave out its International Women of Courage awards.

Pace of Reform Toward Equal Rights for Women Falls to 20-Year Low

The global pace of reforms toward equal treatment of women under the law has slumped to a 20-year low, constituting a potential impediment to economic growth at a critical time for the global economy, a new World Bank report shows.