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

20.02.2021

To Help Migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tackle EU Abuses

To Help Migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tackle EU Abuses

Commissioner’s Visit Underscores EU Responsibility to Find Solutions Marlene Auer – Associate, Europe and Central Asia Division European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson’s visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina this week has highlighted the EU’s role in alleviating the suffering of migrants and… »

16.02.2021

Mexico: Include Protections for Women With Disabilities

Mexico: Include Protections for Women With Disabilities

Senate Should Ensure Accessible Services, Access to Justice in Upcoming Vote Mexico’s senate should ensure protection for women with disabilities who are victims of violence, a coalition of human rights groups said today. The senate is expected to vote soon on amendments to the General Law on Women’s Access… »

05.02.2021

Complicated Legacies: The Human Genome at 20

Complicated Legacies: The Human Genome at 20

Risks of Genomic Surveillance and How to Stop It Maya Wang / China Senior Researcher The use of DNA profiling for individual cases of law enforcement has helped to identify suspects and to exonerate the innocent. But retaining genetic materials in… »

30.01.2021

77 Lashes for a Gay Couple in Indonesia

77 Lashes for a Gay Couple in Indonesia

Troubling Trend of Anti-LGBT Actions Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly flogged two gay men 77 times each on Thursday after a vigilante mob raided their apartment in November, allegedly caught them having sex, and handed them over to the police. The whipping—recognized as torture under international… »

25.01.2021

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Israel is excluding 4.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza from its COVID vaccination efforts; civilians in Tigray, Ethiopia, have faced massive restrictions on food access for more than two months; President Biden reverses the odious #MulimBan… »

12.01.2021

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets of the week: Trump’s actions fuel riot at the US Capitol; white supremacy and anti-Semitism converge in Washington DC; the Ethiopian government should let the United Nations investigate grave abuses which numerous witnesses say those involved in the … »

01.01.2021

Trending Rights Tweets of 2020

Trending Rights Tweets of 2020

Helicopters in the United States. Bullets in Nigeria. Security forces in Belarus. Water cannon in Thailand. Countries around the world sought to quash peaceful protest in 2020, before and after the pandemic, but people seeking freedom and demanding change took to the streets to defend their rights. #BlackLivesMatter trended across… »

28.12.2020

Turkey: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society

Turkey: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society

Bill on Preventing Terrorism Financing Targets Freedom of Association The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that would arbitrarily curtail nongovernmental organizations’ activities and have the potential to violate the right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament is due to vote on… »

22.12.2020

In a Pandemic Year, Some Good News for Children

In a Pandemic Year, Some Good News for Children

By Jo Becker This year has been devastating for children. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the education of 1.5 billion students, pushed an estimated 150 million additional children into poverty, left many without caregivers, and increased child labor, child… »

18.12.2020

Romanian Court Slams Law Banning Discussion of Gender in Education

Romanian Court Slams Law Banning Discussion of Gender in Education

Cristian González Cabrera / Researcher, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program Law Curtailed Rights to Freedom of Expression, Health, Non-discrimination Romania’s Constitutional Court this week struck down a law parliament adopted in June 2020 that would have, among other things, banned… »

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