Human Rights

France: Inquiry Finds Police Abused Migrants in Calais

A report released on October 23, 2017, by the French administration and security forces’ internal investigations departments has found convincing evidence that police used excessive force and committed other abuses against child and adult migrants in...

Poland: Dismantling Rights Protection

The Polish government has used its majority in parliament to pass laws that weaken checks and balances on the executive, undermine the rule of law and threaten a broad range of human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Oct 24, 2017...

Amendment to Romania’s law on National News Agency puts independence at risk, says OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir

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Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media , speaking at the opening of the Internet Freedom Conference, 13 October...

Greece: Asylum Seekers in Abysmal Conditions on Islands

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released on Oct 23.

France: Stop Ignoring Egypt’s Dire Rights Record

The French government should ensure that human rights are central to its relationship with Egypt, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 23. France should stop ignoring serious abuses, including Egyptian security services’ widespread and systematic use of...

China: Voice Biometric Collection Threatens Privacy

The Chinese government is collecting “voice pattern” samples of individuals to establish a national voice biometric database, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 22, 2017.

Russia: Don’t Veto Extension of Syria Inquiry

Russia should not block the extension of the inquiry into who is responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 20.

Iraq: Fighting in Disputed Territories Kills Civilians

Apparently indiscriminate firing during fighting on October 16, 2017, in a town near Kirkuk involving the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces and various Iraqi government forces left at least 51 civilians wounded and five dead, Human...

Maltese PM Offers 'Substantial' Reward for Information on Journalist's Murder

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is offering a “substantial” reward for information on Monday’s shocking murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Galizia.

Indonesia: US Documents Released on 1965-66 Massacres

Newly released US government documents on the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66 underscore the need for the US and Indonesian governments to fully disclose all related classified materials, Human Rights Watch said on Oct 18. Those classified...