Saudi Arabia: Free Adult Children of Ex-Official

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities have held two adult children of a former official in incommunicado detention since security forces arrested them in March 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Omar al-Jabri, 21, and Sarah al-Jabri, 20, are children of former intelligence official Saad al-Jabri, who has lived in exile in Canada since 2017. Security forces […]

Urgent Opportunity to Assist Mozambique Civilians at Risk

Expand Residents of Naunde, in Macomia, Cabo Delgado, flee their village following an attack on June 5, 2018. ©2018 Human Rights Watch The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is meeting today in Harare, Zimbabwe, to discuss the increasing threat to civilians in Mozambique. Four heads of state are attending the summit, requested by the Mozambican […]

Development Finance for Covid-19 Crisis Should Uphold Human Rights

Expand A worker fills a container with water at the Villa Maria del Triunfo shantytown in Lima, Peru, where people living in poverty have difficulty accessing clean water and meeting the hygiene recommendations by health officials. March 13, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Martin Mejia (Washington, DC) – Human rights should guide the use of billions […]

Costa Rica First in Central America to Legalize Same-Sex

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag  © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Today, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya were the first same-sex couple to marry in Costa Rica, as marriage equality became legal in the country. It took a while. In 2016, Costa Rica requested that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights interpret the […]

LGBT Africans Share Challenges of Life During Pandemic

Expand A Ugandan transgender woman in a town near Kampala, shortly before she fled the country in 2014. She left to escape police harassment and violence. © 2014 Human Rights Watch AfroQueer podcast recently launched a special episode in advance of its upcoming third season. Checking in with queer Africans on how they are faring during […]

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 […]

DR Congo: Bloody Crackdown on Political Religious Group

Expand Police officers raid Ne Muanda Nsemi’s residence, where more than 200 BDK supporters had gathered, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 24, 2020. Photo source: Screenshot taken from a video Human Rights Watch received from sources via WhatsApp (Kinshasa) – Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo repeatedly used excessive lethal force […]

Uganda: Drop Charges Against 19 Homeless Youth

Expand Ugandan police and other security forces chase people off the streets, after police cleared a stand of motorcycle taxis which are no longer permitted to operate after all public transport was banned for two weeks to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, in Kampala, Uganda Thursday, March 26, 2020.  © AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi (Kampala, […]

New Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch Board

(New York) – Neil Rimer, a Human Rights Watch board member since 2009, is joining Amy Rao as co-chair of the organization’s international board of directors. Rao, a tech entrepreneur, took on this role in October 2019, succeeding former co-chairs Hassan Elmasry and Robert Kissane.  Expand Neil Rimer Rimer steps into this leadership role as […]

Somalia: Spate of Arrests, Intimidation of Journalists

Expand Somali journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia December 29, 2019.  © REUTERS/Feisal Omar (Nairobi) – Somali authorities have been stepping up their intimidation of journalists as the country faces a growing number of Covid-19 cases. Since mid-April 2020 alone, authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists, accused two of various crimes, and prohibited a local radio station from […]