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

02.07.2020

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Government Should End Spurious Charges, Pre-Trial Detention to Silence Dissent Bangladesh authorities are using the abusive Digital Security Act to harass and indefinitely detain activists, journalists, and others critical of the government and its political leadership, Human Rights Watch said today. The administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed should immediately… »

29.06.2020

France Should Speed Efforts on Workplace Violence

France Should Speed Efforts on Workplace Violence

Ratify ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, Make National Reforms “Together, governments and social partners, we say NO to violence and harassment and YES to building a better world of work.” France’s Labour Minister Muriel Pénicaud gave these remarks last year when the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted landmark global… »

25.06.2020

Kosovo: War Crimes Indictment Advances Justice

Kosovo: War Crimes Indictment Advances Justice

Witness Protection Essential The indictment made public on June 24, 2020 against Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and other former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders advances justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human Rights Watch said today. The statement from the Kosovo… »

17.06.2020

Italy Should Stop Arms Transfer to Egypt

Italy Should Stop Arms Transfer to Egypt

Deal Contravenes EU Pledge, Risks Facilitating Further Abuses Claudio Francavilla EU Advocacy Officer Last week, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio responded to outrage over a possible massive arms sale to Egypt by saying the deal hadn’t been finalized. But given serious… »

08.06.2020

UK Failing Domestic Abuse Victims in Pandemic

UK Failing Domestic Abuse Victims in Pandemic

Enact Legislation Protecting Those Most At Risk The government of the United Kingdom is stalling on establishing a robust legal framework to address violence against women and girls even as reported domestic abuse spikes during the pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Insufficient measures to ensure critical support and services for… »

05.06.2020

For UK, Tackling Racial Injustice Should Begin at Home

For UK, Tackling Racial Injustice Should Begin at Home

Greater Efforts Needed to Address Discriminatory Policies The killing of George Floyd and the ensuing police violence against protesters across the United States have drawn widespread condemnation in the United Kingdom. But showing real solidarity requires reflection on the UK’s own record of racism and injustice, while charting the steps needed to… »

02.06.2020

Boys’ Drawings Expose Greece’s Broken Detention System

Boys’ Drawings Expose Greece’s Broken Detention System

Plight of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Is Focus of New Campaign Ibrahim, a 14-year-old boy from Somalia, was detained by Greek police for almost three months at a detention center in Amygdaleza, a police-run detention facility on the outskirts of Athens, which houses adults but has a dedicated section for unaccompanied… »

31.05.2020

Ending Hungary’s State of Emergency Won’t End Authoritarianism

Ending Hungary’s State of Emergency Won’t End Authoritarianism

Bill Would Perpetuate Rule by Decree Following international outrage, the Hungarian government’s announcement to revoke the rule-by-decree and state of emergency law this week at first glance seems a positive step. But don’t let Orban’s authoritarian regime fool you. The government is ending the current state of emergency but simultaneously has… »

17.05.2020

France: End Discriminatory Police Checks and Fines

France: End Discriminatory Police Checks and Fines

Take Concrete Steps to End Biased Police Behavior, 24 Groups Say The French government should take urgent and concrete steps to end discriminatory police stops, 24 local, national, and international organizations said on Wednesday in an open letter sent to French authorities. In response to the new coronavirus… »

15.05.2020

Iraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda

Iraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda

Government, Parliament Should Prioritize Human Rights Legislation The Iraqi government and parliament should pass legislation to address key human rights shortcomings in Iraq’s legal system and take measures to minimize the risks Covid-19 poses to people in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. With the formation… »

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