Croatia: President Admits Unlawful Migrant Pushbacks

Expand A migrant who claims he was beaten by Croatian police while attempting to cross the border to Croatia shows his injury at a factory hall turned migrants facility in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. © 2019 Darko Bandic/AP Photo (London) – Croatia should immediately stop summarily returning migrants and asylum seekers to Bosnia and Herzegovina, […]

Russia: A Decade On, No Justice for Natalia Estemirova

Expand Natalia Estemirova in Nozhai-Yurt district of Chechnya. © 2007 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russian authorities have failed to bring to justice those responsible for the murder 10 years ago of Natalia Estemirova, Chechnya’s most prominent rights defender, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement with Russian and international human rights […]

Equatorial Guinea: Coup Trial Travesty of Justice

August 2, 2019 Video Video: Coup Trial Travesty of Justice in Equatorial Guinea An Equatorial Guinea court’s conviction of 112 defendants on May 31, 2019, in a trial rife with due process violations, including confessions extracted through torture, represents a gross miscarriage of justice, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a video about the […]

Thailand Offers Persecuted Rohingya Little Hope

Expand Rohingya refugees sit behind bars at a police station in Satun province, southern Thailand on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s racist slurs directed at the Rohingya are bad enough. But they are made even worse because they reflect the Thai government’s cruel policy toward […]

UN: New ‘List of Shame’ Shortchanges Children

Expand People are seen near a bus destroyed by an airstrike that killed dozens of children, in a photograph taken on August 12, 2018 in Saada, Yemen. © 2018 Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images   (New York) – The United Nations secretary-general omitted countries responsible for grave violations against children in armed conflict in his new “list […]

Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim

July 26, 2019 Video Video: Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the latest victim of Lebanon’s criminal defamation and insult laws, encapsulating the alarming crackdown on free speech in a country once proud to embrace diversity. The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the […]

Nepal: Justice Stalled for Conflict-Era Crimes

Expand Activists observe a minute of silence in memory of the people who disappeared during the decade-long armed Maoist insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy to observe the International Day of the Disappeared in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (London) – The Government of Nepal has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide […]

Former Hitmen Implicate Ex-Gambia Dictator

Expand A sreenshot of TRRC lead counsel Essa Faal questioning Staff Sgt. Amadou Badjie at Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, July 25, 2019  © QTV It’s been a dramatic week for Gambia. As Gambians stayed glued to their radios and TVs, three admitted henchmen of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh implicated him before the country’s Truth, […]

Israel: Landmark Supreme Court Case on Deporting Activist

Expand A dossier compiled by Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on the activities of Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director, which served as the basis for the government’s May 7, 2018 decision to revoke his work visa. (Jerusalem) – Israel’s Supreme Court will consider at a hearing on July 25, […]

Thailand: New Government Disregards Rights

Expand Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrives for a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. © 2019 Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/Sipa USA via AP Images (New York) – The new Thai government’s policy statement fails to provide a pathway for restoring respect for human rights after five years of military […]