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 […]

Israel: Discriminatory Land Policies Hem in Palestinians

Expand Jisr al-Zarqa, the only Palestinian town in Israel on the Mediterranean, bordered to the south by an earthen berm separating it from the predominantly Jewish town of Caesarea; to the north by Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, with its fish ponds; and to the east by Highway 2. Aerial photography taken between 2011 and 2015.  © […]

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 […]

Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention

November 4, 2019 Video Saudi Arabia: Change Comes with Punishing Cost Arrests, Torture, Murder Accompany Reforms (Beirut) – Saudi authorities detained Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud, a son of the late King Abdullah and former head of the Saudi Red Crescent Society, on March 27, 2020 and have since apparently held him incommunicado, Human […]

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 […]

Jordan: Free Speech Threats Under Covid-19 Response

Expand Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan.   © 2020 Reuters (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have arrested media workers and others and issued a vaguely worded emergency decree that could chill online discussion about Jordan’s […]