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

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… »

27.06.2016

UK: Act to Curb Xenophobic Attacks After Referendum

UK: Act to Curb Xenophobic Attacks After Referendum

The authorities should take strong action to curb xenophobic attacks and abuse in the United Kingdom in the wake of last week’s European Union referendum, Human Rights Watch said today. Individuals from minority ethnic and religious groups and people of other EU nationalities have reported being victims of verbal and… »

16.03.2016

Turkey: Academics Jailed For Signing Petition

Turkey: Academics Jailed For Signing Petition

In the latest attack on free speech in Turkey, three academics who signed a peace petition in January 2016 have been jailed by an Istanbul court on suspicion of “making terrorist propaganda,” Human Rights Watch said today. The three were jailed on March 15, 2016, pending the completion of a… »

27.08.2015

Yemen: Cluster Munition Rockets Kill, Injure Dozens

Yemen: Cluster Munition Rockets Kill, Injure Dozens

Saudi-led coalition likely launched 7 attacks harming civilians Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces appear to have used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks were carried out between late April and… »

06.08.2015

The Catastrophic Effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Still Being Felt Today

The Catastrophic Effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Still Being Felt Today

(ICAN)* – The two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of people, and their effects are still being felt today. . The uranium bomb detonated over Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 had an explosive yield equal to 15,000 tones of TNT. It… »

18.09.2013

Hungary: Constitutional Change Falls Short

Hungary: Constitutional Change Falls Short

Recent changes to the Hungarian constitution do little to address concerns set out by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. The changes leave in place provisions that undermine the rule of law and weaken human rights protection. The Hungarian parliament, with a… »

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