Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights

Expand A poster by intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis © 2017 Human Rights Watch The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) passed a resolution supporting the principle that intersex children should not be operated on until they are old enough to make the decision themselves. This deferral of all medically unnecessary intervention is in line with medical evidence, […]

Indonesia: Free Peaceful Papua Activists

Expand Papuan students shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 28, 2019. Students and activists gathered for a protest supporting West Papua, calling for independence from Indonesia, and demanding racial justice in Surabaya, East Java.  © 2019 Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images (Jakarta) – Indonesian authorities should drop treason charges and release at least […]

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Refugees’ Movements Restricted

Expand Makhmour Refugee Camp. © Private / 2019 (Beirut) – Security forces for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have arbitrarily imposed restrictions on movement for most residents of Makhmour refugee camp for Turkish Kurds since mid-July 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The restrictions came after unknown assailants suspected of belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ […]

China: FIFA Broke Own Rules for Club World Cup

Expand Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, attends the FIFA Council Meeting, officially announcing the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Shanghai, China, October 24, 2019.  © 2019 Imaginechina via AP Images   (New York) – FIFA’s surprise selection of China to host the 2021 Club World Cup disregarded its own human rights […]

Afghan Activists Exposing Child Abuse Detained

Expand Afghan police officers search a vehicle at a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul When allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children surface, it’s supposed to be the perpetrators who get investigated and taken into custody. But not in […]

South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights

Expand Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul © AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon   Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs […]

Holding Companies Accountable for US Detention Abuses

May 5, 2017 Video Video: Substandard Medical Care in US Immigration Detention New evidence has emerged of dangerously subpar medical care in United States immigration detention at a time when the Trump administration is seeking to increase its use. On November 25, a group of activists delivered a petition to the Nakamoto Group to call […]

Spread the Progress on Children’s Rights to All

November 20, 2019 Video Children Know Their Rights Over the past three decades, every country in the world – except the United States – has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, committing to help children thrive and protect them from exploitation and abuse. Today is World Children’s Day, marking 30 […]

Australia: Press for Release of Vietnam Detainees

(Sydney) – The Australian government should publicly and privately press the Vietnamese government to overturn the convictions of a detained Australian and two of his Vietnamese colleagues, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, that was released today. Expand Chau Van Kham. © 2017 Private In November 2019, the Australian, Chau Van Kham, and his colleagues, […]