Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Expand A young woman, 18, holds her younger child at their home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She gave birth to her first child at 16 and her second at 17. © 2019 Tatiana Fernández Geara for Human Rights Watch   Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on […]

Bulgaria: Despite Court Order, Australian Still Detained

(Budapest) – Bulgarian authorities should clarify the legal basis for the continued detention of an Australian citizen, Paul “Jock” Palfreeman, or release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Palfreeman appears to have been unlawfully detained in the Busmantsi immigration detention center in Sofia since September 19, 2019, when the Sofia Appellate Court ordered his […]

Turkey: Mass Prosecution of Lawyers

Expand Lawyers march in Istanbul on January 24, 2019 Day of the Endangered Lawyer. The banner reads: “To silence the lawyer’s voice is to deprive the citizen of breath.” © 2019 Istanbul Bar Association (Berlin) – Turkey has been arbitrarily jailing hundreds of lawyers and putting them on trial in the aftermath of the country’s failed […]

Japan: Compelled Sterilization of Transgender People

March 19, 2019 Video Japan: Compelled Sterilization of Transgender People Japan’s government should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity. (Tokyo) – Japan’s government should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, Human Rights Watch […]