US: Abusive Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

Expand Two asylum seekers, one from El Salvador, one from Honduras, wait inside a migrant house in Guatemala City after being sent to Guatemala from the United States on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, under an “asylum cooperative agreement” between the two countries. © 2019 AP Photo/Oliverde Ros (Washington, DC) – An agreement between the United […]

US: Free Detained Asylum Seekers in Pandemic

Expand An ICE detainee rests his hands on the window of his cell in the segregation wing at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc, in Adelanto, California, on April 13, 2017. © 2017 Lucy Nicholson/Reuters (Washington, DC) – Nearly two dozen human rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights […]

US: Plan to Shut Border Endangers Asylum Seekers

Expand In a photo taken on November 6, 2019, Border Patrol agents hold a group near McAllen, Texas, along the US-Mexico border. © 2019 AP Photo/Eric Gay (Washington, DC) – A Trump administration plan to immediately return to Mexico all asylum seekers who cross between ports of entry without any examination of their protection claims violates […]

Italy: Revoke Abusive Anti-Asylum Decrees

Expand Migrants are crowded together on deck of the rescue ship “Eleonore” as it seaches for a safe port in the Mediterranean. The “Eleonore” took in the migrants on August 26, 2019 off the Libyan coast, as their boat was sinking. © 2019 Johannes Filous/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images   (Milan) – Italy’s Democratic Party-Five Star Movement coalition government […]

US: Mexican Asylum Seekers Ordered to Wait

Expand Mexican asylum seekers wait to ask for protection at a port of entry on November 22, 2019. © 2019 Human Rights Watch/Ariana Sawyer (El Paso, Texas) – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have denied entry to the United States to Mexican asylum seekers, exposing thousands, including families and children, to danger in […]

Greece: Asylum Overhaul Threatens Rights

Expand A Greek national flag flutters atop the parliament building in Athens, Greece, January 28, 2019. © 2019 REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis (Athens) – Greece’s parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law, to be debated in parliament this week, […]

Bosnia Should Immediately Close Inhumane Migrant Camp

Expand Migrants and asylum seekers in camp Vucjak where 2,500 people are now living in inhumane conditions without water, electricity, and medical care, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 2019.  © 2019 Private Over a year after Human Rights Watch first criticized Bosnia’s failure to protect the basic rights of migrants and asylum seekers, the International Organization […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sri Lanka: Refugees Threatened, Attacked

Expand A Sri Lankan Muslim walks past patrolling army soldiers in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday, April 26, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Manish Swarup (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of South Asian refugees and asylum seekers from violence. Since the April 21, 2019 Easter […]