Bulgaria: Despite Court Order, Australian Still Detained

(Budapest) – Bulgarian authorities should clarify the legal basis for the continued detention of an Australian citizen, Paul “Jock” Palfreeman, or release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Palfreeman appears to have been unlawfully detained in the Busmantsi immigration detention center in Sofia since September 19, 2019, when the Sofia Appellate Court ordered his […]

Myanmar: Rohingya Jailed for Traveling

Expand A police officer stands guard at a checkpoint in Shwe Zar village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, September 6, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo (New York) – Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should […]

Kyrgyzstan: Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights

Expand An airplane trace is seen behind a Kyrgyzstan national flag fluttering in a central square in Bishkek March 11, 2013. © 2013 Reuters (Berlin) – Draft amendments to Kyrgyzstan’s trade union law would severely inhibit independent trade union organizing and violate international labor treaties to which Kyrgyzstan is a party, Human Rights Watch said […]

Afghanistan: CIA-Backed Forces Commit Atrocities

Expand A car burned during a raid by the Khost Protection Force in Tani district, Khost province, Afghanistan, July 28, 2019. © 2019 Stefanie Glinski (New York) – United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed Afghan forces have committed summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These strike forces have unlawfully […]

Living as an Internally Displaced Person in Ukraine

Expand Older people crossing the broken bridge at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. November 6, 2018.  © 2018 Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images On a hot August day, I stood in line at the Migration Service of Ukraine. I had just gotten married and needed to change my last name in my passport. For most Ukrainians, […]

Restrictions, Detentions Persist in Kashmir

Expand A stray dog walks through a deserted street during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan It has been over two months since the Indian government revoked constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two centrally administered territories. And yet abusive […]

Cameroon: Political Opponent Freed

Expand Maurice Kamto holds a news conference at his headquarter in Yaounde, Cameroon October 8, 2018.  © REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra   (New York)– Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered the release on October 4 of a prominent opposition leader, Maurice Kamto. The president also ordered the release of other members and supporters of Kamto’s party, the Cameroon […]

Bahrain: Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Expand Six individuals held in Bahraini prisons.  © Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institution for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said. Two detained human rights defenders, as well as the family members of four detained opposition activists, […]

Vietnam: New Arrest for Facebook Postings

Expand Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong supports prominent blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence. His sign reads, “I recommend the government of Vietnam to release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc.” © Private 2018 © Private 2018 (New York) – Vietnamese police arrested a pro-democracy activist on September 23, 2019 based on his […]

A Step Toward Protecting Civilians from Bombing and Shelling

Expand Two men carry replacement windows through a school in eastern Ukraine. The old windows were blown out from the blast of explosive weapon © Bede Sheppard I was confused by the horizontal strips of red tape stuck to the walls of School Number 1 in Marinka, a small city in the government-controlled area of eastern […]