Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. www.hrw.org

12.07.2017

EU: Draft Code for Sea Rescues Threatens Lives

EU: Draft Code for Sea Rescues Threatens Lives

Thousands more refugees and migrants could be at risk of dying at sea if a flawed code of conduct for nongovernmental groups conducting search and rescue in the central Mediterranean is put into practice, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after reviewing a leaked draft of the document. »

28.03.2017

EU Commission Should Call Out Hungary’s Asylum Abuses

EU Commission Should Call Out Hungary’s Asylum Abuses

Top EU Official Should Use Visit to Press Budapest to Comply with International Law By Lydia Gall Hungary’s new asylum law allowing for the blanket detention of asylum seekers, including some children, will come into force on March 28. It’s the latest of Hungary’s abusive laws and policies… »

21.03.2017

Turkey: Crackdown on Kurdish Opposition

Turkey: Crackdown on Kurdish Opposition

The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors, Human Rights Watch said today. The crackdown on democratically elected officials not only violates their rights… »

07.01.2017

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

By Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch ROME, Jan 5 2017 (IPS) – When British naturalist Charles Darwin published in 1859 his theory of evolution in his work On the Origin of Species, he most likely did not expect that robots, not nature, would someday be in charge of… »

21.12.2016

France/UK: Lone Children From Calais Left in Limbo

France/UK: Lone Children From Calais Left in Limbo

The government of the United Kingdom should make full use of all existing laws and regulations to accept transfers of unaccompanied migrant children currently in France, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of France should ensure that unaccompanied migrant children on French territory have full access to asylum… »

18.12.2016

The End of a Cycle ?

The End of a Cycle ?

By Roberto Savio Is the demise of Matteo Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became… »

22.11.2016

UN: Victory for LGBT Rights

UN: Victory for LGBT Rights

A close vote on November 21, 2016, by a United Nations General Assembly committee affirming that the newly appointed UN expert to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity should continue his work is a victory for human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights… »

22.10.2016

France, UK Failing Unaccompanied Children in Calais

France, UK Failing Unaccompanied Children in Calais

By Helen Griffiths On Monday, the French government intends to demolish migrant camps referred to as the “Jungle” in Calais. This could be particularly harmful for unaccompanied children. During the last demolition, 129 children went missing. Today, French police estimate 900 unaccompanied children live in the camp, while some… »

02.09.2016

The Death of a Small Syrian Boy

The Death of a Small Syrian Boy

One Year After Aylan Kurdi’s Drowning, Mediterranean Death Tolls Rise By Judith Sunderland One year ago today, a three-year-old boy named Aylan Kurdi drowned in the Aegean Sea. Having fled the war in Syria with his family, Aylan died on the final stretch of the arduous journey to safety… »

01.09.2016

Rights Activists Honored

Rights Activists Honored

Clockwise: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Burundi, Ratnaboli Ray, India, Nicholas Opiyo, Uganda, Kalpona Akter, Bangladesh, Yonous Muhammadi, Greece. Four courageous and tireless advocates for human rights are the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today. The winners, leading voices for… »

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