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

28.11.2020

Paris Police Continue To Harass Homeless Migrants

Paris Police Continue To Harass Homeless Migrants

Camille Marquis  On Monday night, I felt shame and disgust as I watched videos of law enforcement officers from my own country violently removing people from their tents in Paris’ Place de la République, confiscating makeshift shelters and sleeping bags, and violently… »

20.11.2020

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa. Children across the region have been asked what they want to be when they grow up as part of a UN… »

20.11.2020

Pushbacks in Greek Waters Put Lives at Risk

Pushbacks in Greek Waters Put Lives at Risk

Border Patrol Agency has a Duty to Protect Human Rights Eva Cossé Mounting evidence suggests the Greek government has been secretly expelling thousands of migrants trying to reach its shores. An EUObserver article published on November 18 also suggests… »

13.11.2020

Spain: Respect Rights of People Arriving by Sea to Canary Islands

Spain: Respect Rights of People Arriving by Sea to Canary Islands

Ensure Adequate Reception Conditions, Access to Information and Asylum Spanish authorities should immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on the Arguineguín pier, Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Human Rights Watch said today. Since November 7, 2020, when Human Rights Watch visited the pier, the number of migrants… »

04.11.2020

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets this week: Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should immediately stop using cluster munitions, destroy their stockpile, and join the Convention on Cluster Munitions; Poland’s restrictive abortion laws; Saudi Arabia prepares to host a women’s empowerment conference as it jails… »

01.11.2020

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

US Elections Underscore Challenges of Online Content Moderation By Deborah Brown Social media platforms—under fire for not doing enough to address United States election-related misinformation in 2016—have released a flurry of new policies in recent weeks and months to protect the integrity of the… »

29.10.2020

Bangladesh: Pivotal Moment to Stop Violence Against Women

Bangladesh: Pivotal Moment to Stop Violence Against Women

Enforce Policies, Provide Services, End Barriers and Corruption in Justice System Women and girls in Bangladesh are facing increased domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting long-term systemic barriers to legal recourse, protection, and social services, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This crisis… »

26.10.2020

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets of the week: The Trump administration cannot find the parents of 545 children it separated; HRW documented Azerbaijan using banned weapons; justice served in Greece as the leadership of the neo-Nazi GoldenDawn party was sent to jail; and… »

24.10.2020

Killer Robots: Precedent for a Ban Treaty

Killer Robots: Precedent for a Ban Treaty

Shared Concerns, Desire for Human Control Should Spur Regulation (Washington, DC) – A treaty to ban fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” is essential and achievable, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 25-page report, “New Weapons, Proven Precedent: Elements of and Models for a Treaty on… »

18.10.2020

“No #MeToo for Women Like Us”

“No #MeToo for Women Like Us”

Poor Enforcement of India’s Sexual Harassment Law For women like me, what is #MeToo? Poverty and stigma mean we can never speak out. There is no place safe for women like us. Not our workplaces, nor our homes, and not the road we take. –Shalini (name changed), a domestic worker,… »

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