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

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… »

12.03.2013

Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action

Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action

The European Union (EU) should take resolute action in response to the latest constitutional changes adopted in the Hungarian parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. The changes adopted on March 11, 2013, respond directly to a series of critical rulings in 2012 by Hungary’s Constitutional Court, which struck… »

07.03.2013

Uzbekistan: Kerry Should Raise Rights Abuses at Talks

Uzbekistan: Kerry Should Raise Rights Abuses at Talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry should publicly express concern about Uzbekistan’s deteriorating human rights situation during his meeting with the Uzbek foreign minister on March 12, 2013, and press for concrete improvements, Human Rights Watch said today. Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Komilov and other high-level Uzbek officials will… »

01.03.2013

Russia: Free Pussy Riot Members. One Year Behind Bars

Russia: Free Pussy Riot Members. One Year Behind Bars

Russian authorities should immediately and unconditionally free the two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who remain behind bars, Human Rights Watch said today. The two women, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have been in detention since their arrest nearly one year ago, on March 2, 2012. »

21.02.2013

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis The Dutch government should not deport Somalis to any part of south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu, until security improves substantially, and the UN refugee agency has issued new guidelines, Human Rights Watch said today. In mid-February 2013, Dutch authorities said they planned… »

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