Burundi: Intimidation, Arrests During Elections

Click to expand Image Women queue to cast their votes in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi, May 20, 2020. © 2020 Berthier Mugiraneza/AP Photo (Nairobi) – Serious allegations of abuse during Burundi’s May 20, 2020 elections should be investigated and those responsible held accountable. After a campaign for presidential, legislative, and communal elections marred […]

Philippines: Lasting Harm to Children from ‘Drug War’

May 27, 2020 Video Philippines: Lasting Harm to Children from ‘Drug War’ UN Human Rights Council Should Promote Justice for Killings   (Manila) – Thousands of children in the Philippines have suffered lasting physical, emotional, and economic harm from President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said in a report and accompanying […]

Caregivers Overwhelmed by Increased Demands Under Pandemic

Click to expand Image A schoolgirl taking online classes with her mother at home in Nonthaburi, Thailand, May 2020. © 2020 Vachira Vachira/NurPhoto via AP The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the time many people, particularly women, spend caring for others. In an ongoing global Human Rights Watch survey, most respondents said the pandemic affected […]

US: Investigate ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program 

Click to expand Image Clothing hangs to dry at a makeshift migrant camp for asylum seekers in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, on March 1, 2020.  © 2020 Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg/Getty Images (Washington, DC) – The United States government should initiate an internal investigation into the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, Human Rights Watch said today […]

Nepal: Ensure Justice for Caste-Based Killings

Click to expand Image Nepalese activists of the Dalit community, also known as the untouchables, shout slogans during a protest near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. © 2015 AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha (New York) – Two recent incidents in which six people were killed show the Nepali government has […]

Bangladesh: Cyclone Endangers Rohingya on Silt Island

Expand NASA satellite imagery shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal in India, May 19, 2020, which made landfall on Bhasan Char May 20, 2020.  © 2020 NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP (New York) – The Bangladesh government has kept over 300 Rohingya refugees confined on Bhasan Char, a remote silt island in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Egypt: No Pretense of Judicial Review for Hundreds

Expand The Egyptian Interior Ministry has been keeping the country’s detainees isolated from the outside world since March 10, 2020. Authorities banned all prisoners, including those in Cairo’s Tora prison (pictured), from receiving visits, making or receiving phone calls or written communications.  © 2020 Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have been holding […]

US: Abusive Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

Expand Two asylum seekers, one from El Salvador, one from Honduras, wait inside a migrant house in Guatemala City after being sent to Guatemala from the United States on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, under an “asylum cooperative agreement” between the two countries. © 2019 AP Photo/Oliverde Ros (Washington, DC) – An agreement between the United […]