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, […]

Spread the Progress on Children’s Rights to All

November 20, 2019 Video Children Know Their Rights Over the past three decades, every country in the world – except the United States – has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, committing to help children thrive and protect them from exploitation and abuse. Today is World Children’s Day, marking 30 […]

How Far Will Sisi’s Government Go to Crush Protests?

Expand Protesters chant slogans against the government in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty Time and again, Egyptian security forces have responded to peaceful protests with harsh oppression. Rare public protests this weekend were met with tear gas, the firing of live bullets, and mass arrests. Lawyers in Cairo talk of […]

Iranian Women Rebel Against Dress Code

Expand Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran’s mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding.   © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s […]

Crackdown on Presidential Election Protests in Kazakhstan

Expand Law enforcement officers detain a protester in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019, during presidential elections. © 2019 Paul Bartlett Today neither social nor mainstream media in Kazakhstan were reporting on orderly presidential elections. Instead, the media reports, tweets, and Facebook posts were about protests during the election – meant to usher in Kazakhstan’s […]