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 […]

UN Security Council Should Renew South Sudan Arms Embargo

Expand FILE: Opposition soldiers chant “Viva IO”, meaning “long live the opposition”, during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.  © AP Photo/Sam Mednick The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in […]

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 […]

As Schools Close Over Coronavirus, Protect Kids’ Privacy in Online Learning

Expand Child performing educational activities with distance learning resources in the city of Curitiba, Brazil, March 24, 2020.  © 2020 Robson Mafra/AGIF (via AP) The educational disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in speed and scale. As of today, over 160 countries have closed schools. Education authorities are scrambling to provide remote learning […]

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London

Expand Screenshot from the film, In My Blood It Runs. The London Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) will be presented from 12 to 20 March 2020, featuring empowering documentaries and dramas celebrating courageous people from 14 countries: Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Guatemala, Germany, Iran, Macedonia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, the United States, and Vietnam. […]

Northwestern University’s Precarious Role Under Qatar’s Repressive Laws

Expand A group of Lebanese activists chant slogans as they hold Arabic placards that read: “Freedom of expression,” right, and “With Mashrou’ Leila against the suppression of freedoms.  © 2019 Bilal Hussein/AP Photo When brand-recognition universities, like Northwestern, Yale, or NYU, choose to expand their reach and build campuses in countries that don’t guarantee academic […]

New Tennessee Law Deepens Discrimination Against LGBT People

Expand Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Humphrey Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing the best interests of children. […]

India’s Protesters Should be Heard, Not Assaulted

Expand Indian students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University shout slogans during a protest, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Altaf Qadri Tens of thousands in India are protesting a discriminatory citizenship law embraced by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on December 12. At the forefront of these protests are […]

Lighting Up Hope for Human Rights

Expand On December 10, the Empire State Building and Toronto’s CN Tower will shine bright blue to honor Human Rights Day (New York) – Human Rights Watch has arranged for 17 landmarks across the globe to shine bright blue on December 10, 2019, to celebrate Human Rights Day. From New York to Sydney, Munich to Toronto, […]

Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights

Expand A poster by intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis © 2017 Human Rights Watch The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) passed a resolution supporting the principle that intersex children should not be operated on until they are old enough to make the decision themselves. This deferral of all medically unnecessary intervention is in line with medical evidence, […]