US Power Outages Endanger People with Disabilities

Expand A car drives through a darkened Montclair Village as Pacific Gas & Electric power shutdowns continue in Oakland, California, October 10, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Noah Berger The risk of wildfire in the US state of California led utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to institute temporary power outages around the state earlier […]

Chile: Respect Rights in Protest Response

(Washington, D.C.) – The government of Chile should ensure that its security forces respect fundamental rights while containing sometimes violent ongoing protests, Human Rights Watch said today. Chilean authorities should investigate and hold accountable both demonstrators who committed serious crimes and acts of violence as well as members of security forces who responded with excessive […]

Art Exhibit on Pakistan’s Police Killings Shuttered

Local officials in Pakistan have shut down an art exhibition that depicts alleged extrajudicial killings by the Karachi police. The closure is both an attack on free expression and an attempt to sweep under the rug a longstanding human rights problem. Expand A Pakistani police officer monitors the area during a Shiite Muslim’s Muharram procession […]

Greece: Asylum Overhaul Threatens Rights

Expand A Greek national flag flutters atop the parliament building in Athens, Greece, January 28, 2019. © 2019 REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis (Athens) – Greece’s parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law, to be debated in parliament this week, […]

Nigeria: People With Mental Health Conditions Chained, Abused

November 11, 2019 Video People With Mental Health Conditions Chained and Abused in Nigeria Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse. (Abuja, November 11, 2019) – Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up […]

Russia: Don’t Block Action on Incendiary Weapons

Expand Use of an incendiary weapon in Bdama, Idlib in July 2018. © 2018 Syria Civil Defense (Geneva) – Russia should support, not block, diplomatic talks about possible action to address the civilian harm caused by the use of incendiary weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.  Related Content Download the full […]

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 […]