Violent Pushbacks on Croatia Border Require EU Action

Recent reports by humanitarian groups and the media paint a gruesome picture of abuse on Croatia’s border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. Photos show injuries consistent with beatings by police batons. Testimonies from migrants and asylum seekers speak of sexual abuse, violence, humiliation and robbery. Click to expand Image A migrant sustained severe head injury and a broken […]

Justice Key to Durable Peace in Libya

Click to expand Image Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018.  © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters Last week in Geneva the two main parties to the Libyan conflict signed a “complete and permanent” ceasefire under the auspices of the United Nations. This comes after one-and-a-half years […]

Cambodia: Hun Sen Threatens Families of Activists

Click to expand Image Activists at protests on October 23, commemorating the 29th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords in front of the US embassy in Phnom Penh. © 2020 LICADHO (Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should stop arbitrarily arresting, harassing, and threatening activists who participated in and organized protests on the anniversary of […]

Foreigners Living with HIV in Jordan Face an Impossible Choice

Click to expand Image Silhouettes are cast on a Jordanian national flag in Amman, Jordan, November 30, 2016.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon In Jordan, medical professionals and health facilities are mandated to report an individual’s HIV status to the government. Foreign nationals found to be HIV-positive are summarily deported regardless of the consequences to their […]

Turkey: 2nd Politically Motivated Trial for Rights Defender

Click to expand Image Osman Kavala © 2017 Private (Istanbul) – A new bogus indictment against human rights defender and businessman, Osman Kavala, and US academic, Henri Barkey, for allegedly spying and attempting to overthrow Turkey’s constitutional order is politically motivated and bereft of legal credibility, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists […]

Rebuilding Fairer Economies Demands Global Support

Click to expand Image Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva participates in a panel discussion on post Covid-19 recovery and resilience during the 2020 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, October 13, 2020.   © 2020 IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock This was a year like no other for the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank […]

US: Heat Emergency Plans Missing Pregnancy, Racial Justice

Click to expand Image © RuslanDashinsky/Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Many plans by local, state, and federal authorities in the United States to respond to heat extremes and climate change miss the threat that extreme heat poses to pregnancy, particularly for low-income and Black and brown people, Human Rights Watch and partners said today. Authorities should […]

Turkmenistan: Drop Charges, Free Wrongfully Imprisoned Lawyer

(Berlin) – Turkmenistan’s authorities should immediately and unconditionally release a lawyer imprisoned on bogus charges that appear to be in retaliation for his alleged ties with activists abroad, 10 human rights organizations said today. The authorities should quash his conviction. Click to expand Image Pyrgamberdy Allaberdyev © 2020 Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights On September […]

CDC Director Doubles Down on Endangering Asylum Seekers

Click to expand Image Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testifies before Congress on the Coronavirus crisis, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  © 2020 Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, renewed an order […]

California: Proposition 22 Threatens Gig Workers’ Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting Prop 22, voters can help ensure that grocery shopping and delivery apps – a fast-growing […]