France: Immigrant Children Being Denied Protection

(Paris) – Unaccompanied children arriving in France’s Alpine region undergo flawed age assessment procedures that deny many access to needed protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 80-page report, “Subject to Whim: The Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the French Hautes-Alpes,” found that examiners whose job is to certify a […]

Hope for Justice for Murdered Journalist in the Maldives

Expand Journalist Ahmed Rilwan.  © Raajjemv A government-appointed commission investigating deaths and enforced disappearances in the Maldives has corroborated long-held suspicions that criminal gang leaders planned and carried out the murder of journalist Ahmed Rilwan. The commission also concluded that the gang had a “hit list” that included other activists and critics of the government. […]

Another Unexplained Death in Pakistan Police Custody

While robbing a cash machine in Faisalabad, Pakistan, last week, Salahuddin Ayubi cheekily stuck his tongue out at the surveillance camera. His act got him a lot of media attention – and got him arrested on August 30.  Expand A police officer is framed by the architecture of Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque while standing guard during […]

South Africa: Decriminalise Sex Work

(Johannesburg) – South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime, Human Rights Watch and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) said in a report released today. South Africa should decriminalise the exchange of sex for […]

India: Basic Freedoms at Risk in Kashmir

Expand Tourists walk past Indian security forces during curfew like restrictions in Jammu, India on Monday, August 5, 2019. An indefinite security lockdown was in place in the Indian-controlled portion of divided Kashmir on Monday. © 2019 AP Photo/Channi Anand (New York) – Indian authorities have adopted measures in anticipation of unrest in Jammu and Kashmir state that […]

Cluster Munitions: Ban Treaty Is Working

Expand The remnant of a payload section of a 9M275K-series 220mm cluster munition rocket in Idlib, Syria. © 2019 Syria Civil Defense (Geneva) – No state party to the 2008 treaty prohibiting cluster munitions has violated the prohibition on using these weapons, while very few outside the treaty engage in this banned activity either, Human […]

Kuwait: Jailed Bidun Activists on Hunger Strike

Expand Bidun residential area in Taima, al-Jahra, Kuwait.  © 2019 Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – More than a dozen Bidun activists detained in Kuwait since July 2019 began a hunger strike on August 22 to protest human rights violations against themselves and the Bidun community, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwaiti authorities should ensure that […]

Lebanon: Migrant Family Detained

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanon’s General Security has detained a Sudanese-Sri Lankan family of seven, including four children under age 18, threatening to deport the parents to different countries for lacking residency papers, the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM), Amnesty […]

Human Rights Watch Names Nic Dawes Deputy Executive Director

Human Rights Watch announced today the appointment of Nic Dawes as its first deputy executive director. The step strengthens the rapidly growing organization as it confronts the considerable challenges before the human rights movement. Dawes will report to Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch executive director, and the organization’s board of directors. He will supervise […]

Lebanon: Entry Ban Follows Gender, Sexuality Conference

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanese General Security has banned a group of activists and academics from re-entering Lebanon following their participation in a September 2018 conference on gender and sexuality, Human Rights Watch, the Arab Foundation for Freedoms […]