US: Syrians Face Danger Without Temporary Protection

Expand Destroyed house from US-led coalition strike that killed 13 civilians in Tal al-Jayer, Syria in July 2017. © 2019 Sara Kayyali/Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) – The US should renew its grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to almost 7,000 Syrians living in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. People forced to […]

Kenya Fails to Honor Human Rights Promises to UN

Expand Policemen attempt to disperse supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition along Likoni road as they are repulsed from accessing city Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya November 17, 2017.  © REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Human Rights Watch submitted a report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week, […]

Australia: Press Laos to Protect Rights

Expand Surachai Danwattananusorn, prominent Thai anti-monarchist, and two close aides were reportedly abducted in Vientiane in December 2018.  © 2018 Private (Sydney, August 12, 2019) – The Australian government should press the Lao government to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, […]

Israel: Court Delays Hearing to Deport Rights Activist

(Jerusalem, July 24, 2019) – Israel’s Supreme Court delayed a July 25, 2019 hearing on whether the Israeli government can deport a Human Rights Watch employee for speaking out on unlawful settlements, Human Rights Watch said today. In a rare move made less than 24 hours ahead of the hearing, the court delayed the case against […]

Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Expand Satellite Imagery of the Sawa military camp, including the Warsai Yikealo Secondary School, recorded in January 2015.  Imagery © DigitalGlobe – Maxar Technologies 2019; Source: Google Earth (Nairobi) – Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and […]

US Immigration Raids Target Meat Industry

Expand Workers are escorted onto a bus for transportation to a processing center following a raid by US immigration officials at a Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Mississippi, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis On Wednesday, United States immigration authorities arrested 680 people during raids on 7 food processing plants across […]

Documents Reveal Government Meddling in Syria Aid Delivery

Expand Workers remove rubble from a damaged shop in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, July 27, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Hassan Ammar Documents obtained by the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC), a Syrian human rights organization, reveal that the Syrian intelligence branches have long interfered with the aid response in Syria, confirming findings […]

Indonesia: Jokowi’s Second Term Should Promote Rights

Expand Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his wife, Iriana, showing off their ink-marked fingers after casting ballots in the presidential election at a polling station in Jakarta on April 17, 2019.  © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images (Jakarta) – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should use his second term to promote the human rights […]

Iranian Women Rebel Against Dress Code

Expand Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran’s mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding.   © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s […]

Israel: Court Delays Landmark Deportation Hearing of Activist

Update: In a rare last-minute move the court postponed the July 25 hearing until September to give the Israeli government time to respond to filings in support of Human Rights Watch. “The Israeli government should recognize that the world views its effort to deport Human Rights Watch’s researcher as an attempt to shut down human […]