Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

Expand Sri Lanka’s elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya displays ballot boxes that will be used in the upcoming presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The voting is scheduled to be held on November 16.  © 2019 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena (New York) – The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will […]

UN Should Focus on Protester Deaths in Iraq Rights Review

Expand Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.  © (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) Today the UN Human Rights Council will hold a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session to examine Iraq’s human rights records. The rash of killings of protestors by Iraqi security forces over the […]

Papua New Guinea: Video Shows Police Abuse

Expand Screenshot of Papua New Guinean police officers violently beating three men on a street in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea shared on social media on November 4, 2019.  © 2019 YouTube (Sydney) – Papua New Guinean authorities should promptly investigate the vicious beating by police officers of three men in Port Moresby that was […]

Bosnia Should Immediately Close Inhumane Migrant Camp

Expand Migrants and asylum seekers in camp Vucjak where 2,500 people are now living in inhumane conditions without water, electricity, and medical care, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2019.  © 2019 Private Over a year after Human Rights Watch first criticized Bosnia’s failure to protect the basic rights of migrants and asylum seekers, the International Organization […]

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Expand A young woman, 18, holds her younger child at their home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She gave birth to her first child at 16 and her second at 17. © 2019 Tatiana Fernández Geara for Human Rights Watch   Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on […]

Uganda: Security Forces Attack Students, Journalists

Expand The campus of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. © 2019 Oryem Nyeko for Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – The Ugandan police and military have cracked down on student protests over fee increases at Makerere University in Kampala on multiple occasions since October 22, 2019. The security forces have fired teargas into student residences, raided […]

Kazakhstan: UN Review Should Press for Reforms

Expand Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. © 2019 Vladislav Vodnev / Sputnik via AP (Geneva) – Governments should use an upcoming review of Kazakhstan’s rights record at the United Nations (UN) to hold the country’s new president to his pledges to respect human rights, Human Rights […]

Human Rights Watch to Honor ‘Why We Hate’

Expand © Discovery Channel (Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch announced today that it will present its third annual Promise Award to the docuseries for the Discovery Channel, Why We Hate. The award will be presented at the upcoming Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice Dinner on November 12, 2019. […]

Saudi Arabia: Change Comes with Punishing Cost

November 4, 2019 Video Saudi Arabia: Change Comes with Punishing Cost Arrests, Torture, Murder Accompany Reforms (Washington, DC) – Important social reforms enacted under Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been accompanied by deepening repression and abusive practices meant to silence dissidents and critics, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The […]

UAE: Prisoners Denied Lifesaving HIV Treatment

Expand Dubai’s skyline, United Arab Emirates.  © 2015 REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool (Beirut) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison authorities are denying non-national HIV-positive detainees in at least one UAE prison regular and uninterrupted access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. Detainees living with HIV are also segregated from the rest of the prison […]