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

02.09.2016

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… »

30.05.2013

Greece: Strengthen Response to Racist Violence

Greece: Strengthen Response to Racist Violence

In the picture: graffiti on the exterior of an Afghan-owned bar in the Aghios Panteleimonas neighbourhood in Athens reads “Foreigners Out.” Greece’s government should move quickly to adopt measures to combat hate crimes and protect victims, Human Rights Watch said today. A bill on hate speech and… »

16.05.2013

Hungary: Rule of Law Under Threat

Hungary: Rule of Law Under Threat

The systemic changes to Hungary’s legal framework introduced by the government since 2010 weaken legal checks on its authority, interfere with media freedom, and undermine human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The continuing failure of the Hungarian government to comply with recommendations by… »

23.04.2013

Arms: New Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Arms: New Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Civil society will lead the way to press governments to ban fully autonomous weapons, Human Rights Watch said today at the launch of the global Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. These potential future weapons, sometimes called “killer robots,” would be able to select and attack targets without any… »

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