Yemeni Activist Wins Prestigious Human Rights Award

Expand Demonstrators hold up pictures of detainees and a sign demanding “Justice for the prisoners and justice for the innocent” during a 2017 demonstration in Aden, Yemen.  © 2017 courtesy of Huda al-Sarari Yemeni human rights lawyer and activist Huda al-Sarari is in Geneva today to receive the Martin Ennals Award, given by 10 of the world’s leading human […]

From Chile to China: Human Rights Weekend 2020

Expand Program Human Rights Weekend 2020 Human Rights Watch (Amsterdam) – Human Rights Watch, De Balie, and partners proudly present the eighth edition of Human Rights Weekend, from 6 to 8 February 2020 at De Balie in Amsterdam. In a weekend of films, discussions, and more, participants will reflect on some of today’s most important human […]

Russia: Harsh Verdicts in Controversial Terrorism Cases

Expand Pictured (L) members of a left-wing group Set (Network) in court in Penza, Russia on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, when the court convicted seven members on terrorism charges, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years. (R) Eduard Nizamov. © 2020 AP Photo/David Frenkel (L); 2019 Private (R) (Berlin) – Russian military courts […]

Russia: Court Convicts Journalist for Activism

Expand Maxim Vernikov at his verdict announcement, Yekaterinburg, Russia. February 11, 2020.  © 2020 Private (Moscow) – A Russian court on February 11, 2020 found a journalist criminally responsible for involvement in an “undesirable” organization, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalist, Maxim Vernikov, was the first person convicted under a 2015 law that allows […]

Mali: Militias, Armed Islamists Ravage Central Mali

Expand  A woman walks with her daughter past the remains of homes that were destroyed during the March 23, 2019 attack on Ogossagou village by armed Dogon men in which over 150 civilians were killed.  © 2019 UNICEF/Keita (Bamako) – Armed groups in Mali have escalated their attacks on civilians, massacring people in their villages, […]

UK Fashion Brand Joins Global Transparency Movement

Expand A branch of River Island seen on Oxford Street in London, United Kingdom, December 4, 2019.  © 2019 Dinendra Haria/Sipa via AP Images Last week, River Island, a United Kingdom fashion brand, signed onto a global effort to be more transparent about the factories that produce its products. In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, together […]

Thugs Attack Lawyer, Journalist in Chechnya

Expand Human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina (L) in a police vehicle, and journalist Elena Milashina following separate attacks in Chechnya.  © 2020 Marina Dubrovina/Facebook; 2020 Elena Milashina/Facebook Last night, a group of thugs in Grozny attacked human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and investigative journalist Elena Milashina – the latest in a long history of attacks on […]

Syria: Address Fate of Missing Victims of ISIS

February 11, 2020 Video Missing Victims of ISIS Prioritize Sharing Information, Protect Mass Graves   (Beirut) – The authorities in Syria should address as a priority what happened to people who disappeared in the custody of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while the group controlled parts of Syria, Human Rights Watch said in […]

Man Killed in Homophobic Attack in Moscow Deserves Justice

Expand Roman Edakov (lower) and his partner Evgeny Efimov at a picnic in June 2019, days before he was killed. © private Last week, the speaker of Russia’s lower chamber of the parliament, Piotr Tolstoi demanded that the country’s constitution explicitly state marriage is a “union between a man and a woman.” “This will create […]

Prioritize Justice in Central African Republic

Expand Mahamat Al Khatim, commander of the Central African Patriotic Movement (Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique, MPC), at the peace deal signing ceremony in Bangui on February 6. Fighters from the MPC have committed abuses that could amount to war crimes from 2015 to 2018.  © 2019 GGt In the Central African Republic a year […]