Human Rights

Burma: Ensure Unfettered Aid in Kachin State

The Burmese military should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches all civilians in need in northern Burma’s Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09. On February 5, 2018, approximately 5,000 people demonstrated in Myitkyina, the state capital,...

ICC to open separate initial examinations of Philippines ‘war on drugs;’ Venezuela protests

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Permanent headquarters of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Cambodia: Free Forcibly Returned Critic of Hun Sen

The Cambodian government should immediately release Sam Sokha, a Cambodian labor activist who gained notoriety after she threw a sandal at a photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen in April 2017, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09, 2018. On February 8, 2018,...

Malaysia: Don’t Send 11 Detainees to China

The government of Malaysia should ensure that 11 detained migrants are not forcibly deported to China, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 09. The migrants should have urgent access to refugee status determination proceedings by the United Nations refugee...

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

The Commission and member states must step up their efforts to help end female genital mutilation, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday.

Bangladesh: End Crackdown on Opposition Supporters

Bangladesh authorities should stop the arbitrary arrests and detention of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supporters and others, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 08. Hundreds have been arrested or placed under preventive detention ahead of...

Valentine’s Day: Tainted Jewelry Supply Chains

Jewelry and watch companies need to do more to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released om Feb 08, ahead of Valentine’s Day. In addition, 29 civil society groups and trade unions...

Iran: Three Child Offenders Executed

Iran executed at least three child offenders across the country in January 2018, Human Rights Watch said. Iran should immediately and unconditionally end the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18, and move toward a...

Australia: Prisoners with Disabilities Neglected, Abused

People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Feb 06, 2018.

South Sudan: Warring Parties Break Promises on Child Soldiers

South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups continue to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch said on Feb 05, 2018.