UN Should Speak Out on Security Service Abuses in South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council should signal clearly when it meets today that it will maintain an arms embargo on South Sudan as well as individual travel bans and asset freezes on government officials as long as widespread abuses continue. South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) spreads fear and terror throughout the country and serves […]

Iran: Dissident Executed on Vague Charges

Click to expand Image Rouhallah Zam, a 42-year-old journalist was executed on December 12, 2020. © The Islamic Republic News Agency (Beirut) – Iranian authorities executed a prominent dissident and journalist on December 12, 2020, after convicting him on vague national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Rouhallah Zam, founder of the popular Telegram […]

China: Free Journalists, Activists

Click to expand Image Du Bin © Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post (New York) – The Chinese authorities have stepped-up arbitrary detentions of journalists and activists reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues, or criticizing the government, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the beginning of December 2020, the authorities have carried out new […]

Trump Administration Again Weakens LGBT Protections

Click to expand Image The picture shows the emblem of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. © Tim Brakemeier/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images With less than two weeks left in office, the administration of US President Donald Trump has finalized yet another rule rolling back nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people […]

Qatar: Wage Abuse Action Shortchanges Workers

(Beirut) – Qatari authorities have failed to provide redress for hundreds of migrant workers who are suffering from months of unpaid wages at two companies, even though authorities have repeatedly been informed of these abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund, which the government established in 2018 specifically to ensure […]

Libya: Militia Terrorized Town, Leaving Mass Graves

Click to expand Image Residents of the Libyan town Tarhouna who were abducted or reported missing between 2014 and 2020. © 2021 Private (Beirut) – Hundreds of residents of the Libyan town Tarhouna were abducted or reported missing between 2014 and 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities of the country’s Government of National Accord […]

US Should Investigate Trump’s Outrageous Georgia Call

Click to expand Image US President Donald Trump returns to the White House following a rally in Georgia, January 4, 2021. © 2021 Erin Scott/Cover Images via AP Images During the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States, the world has witnessed his administration’s disregard for fundamental rights and utter disdain for the […]

Saudi Arabia: Personal Drivers Face Abuse

Click to expand Image Foreign laborers work on the construction of new luxury houses in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, April 2019.  © 2019 FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia should put in place labor and immigration reforms to protect domestic workers, including personal drivers, Human Rights Watch said today. New Human Rights […]

Kyrgyzstan: Increased Interference in Trade Union Activities

Click to expand Image A protester listens to a speaker during a rally in front of the government building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  © 2020 Vladimir Voronin/AP Photo (Bishkek) – Kyrgyz authorities have increased scrutiny of trade union leaders, including through criminal investigations, and are unduly interfering in legitimate trade union activities in […]

Kyrgyzstan: Barriers to Education for Children with Disabilities

Click to expand Image A child looks out the window at the Belovodsk Psychoneurological Institute for children in Kyrgyzstan, November 15, 2017. © 2017 Danil Usmanov, kloop.kg (Berlin) – Thousands of children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan are segregated in residential institutions where they can experience neglect, inappropriate medical treatment, and discrimination, Human Rights Watch said […]