Human Rights

Georgia: Severe Toll of Abusive Drug Laws

Georgia’s drug laws and their aggressive enforcement is causing severe and unjustifiable harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Aug 13, 2018. Drug prosecutions for consumption and possession often lead to long prison sentences and...

Egypt: No Justice For Rab’a Victims 5 Years On

Egyptian authorities have failed to investigate or prosecute a single member of the security forces five years after their systematic and widespread killing of largely peaceful protesters in Rab’a Square in Cairo, Human Rights Watch said. Hundreds of...

Indonesia: Vice Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

The decision by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select Ma’ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi’s commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians...

Nicaragua must end 'witch-hunt' against dissenting voices – UN human rights experts

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Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The...

South Sudan: No Amnesty for War Crimes

South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said. The parties to the conflict signed a peace agreement...

Turkmenistan: UN Blames Government for Activist’s Death

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found the Turkmen government responsible for the torture and death of a human rights activist, the Prove They are Alive Campaign! said on Aug 09, 2018. The activist, Olgusapar Muradova, died in state...

UN urges protection of indigenous peoples’ rights during migration

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Santa Francisca Manzano is an indigenous woman from the high Andean pastures of Peru.

Papua New Guinea: Video Shows Police Brutality

Papua New Guinean authorities should promptly conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the beating of a boy by police in Kimbe, West New Britain, that was captured on video and shared on social media, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 09, 2018...

South Sudan: Release Peace Activist

The South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) should immediately and unconditionally release peace activist and academic Peter Biar Ajak or take him to court and charge him with a recognizable crime. The authorities should also end the arbitrary...

Argentina: Pass Law to Legalize Abortion

The Argentine Senate, in a vote set for August 8, 2018, should approve a bill that would limit the country’s criminalization of abortion, which undermines the fundamental rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said on August 8. The bill passed...