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 Southern States Ease Covid-19 Restrictions, Risking Black Lives

Expand A worker walks in to the Paris Healthcare Center in Paris, Texas, April 29, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Plans by governors in several southern states in the United States to ease Covid-19 related restrictions and stay-at-home orders are forcing workers to make an impossible choice: earn a living or put their health at risk. […]

U.S. Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn’t Cherry-Pick Rights

The United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups from 28 countries said today in a letter to the Commission. Related […]

Ghana: 1st Covid-19 Case in Psychiatric Hospital

Expand The dormitory in the men’s forensic ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana. The dormitory has since been refurbished.  © 2019 Shantha Rau Barriga/Human Rights Watch (Brussels) – Ghana’s Accra Psychiatric Hospital has confirmed that a patient has tested positive for Covid-19, causing concern about protection for other patients and staff, Human Rights […]

DR Congo: Respecting Rights Key Amid COVID-19

Expand Pro-democracy activists from Filimbi movement raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic in Kinshasa’s Gambela market, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2020. © 2020 Filimbi (Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic should prioritize support for low-income communities, displaced people, and others at greatest risk, Human Rights Watch said […]

COVID-19 Poses Extreme Threat to People Shackled in Nigeria

November 11, 2019 Video People With Mental Health Conditions Chained and Abused in Nigeria Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, certain images come to mind: quarantines in Wuhan and Italy, empty […]

Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Expand An activist seen holding a placard that reads, “protect safe, legal abortion” during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that […]

Nigeria: COVID-19 Cases On the Rise

Expand A securityman administers sanitiser to a visitor to a state hospital in Lagos, on February 28, 2020.  © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images   (Abuja, March 25, 2020) – The Nigerian government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in respect for human rights by ensuring access to standard […]

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 […]

Rapid Spread of Virus Further Tests Iranians’ Faith in Government

Iran is currently battling one of the fastest growing outbreaks of the coronavirus outside China – 4,747 confirmed cases and 124 deaths to date. Despite the high toll, many Iranians remain skeptical their government is being fully transparent about the scale of crisis.  Over the past three months, authorities have severely damaged public trust by […]