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 […]

Sierra Leone: Schools Reopen for Pregnant Girls, Teen Moms

Expand A group of students walk to school in Sierra Leone. © Purposeful (Nairobi) – The Sierra Leone government’s decision to allow girls who are pregnant or have a child to attend school is an important step to improve education for girls in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 30, 2020, President […]

Syria: Cluster Munition Attack on School

Expand An unexploded 9N24 fragmentation submunition is marked by deminers in Sarmin, Idlib governorate. © 2020 Syria Civil Defense (Beirut) – A ballistic missile equipped with a banned cluster munition warhead launched by Syrian forces killed 12 civilians, including 5 children, at a school on January 1, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack killed 9 […]

A Step Toward Protecting Civilians from Bombing and Shelling

Expand Two men carry replacement windows through a school in eastern Ukraine. The old windows were blown out from the blast of explosive weapon © Bede Sheppard I was confused by the horizontal strips of red tape stuck to the walls of School Number 1 in Marinka, a small city in the government-controlled area of eastern […]

Iran: Schools Shut Out Children with Disabilities

Expand An Iranian student sits in a wheelchair in a classroom with fellow students. © May 2019 Fars News Agency (New York) – Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report issued today as the school […]

Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Expand Satellite Imagery of the Sawa military camp, including the Warsai Yikealo Secondary School, recorded in January 2015.  Imagery © DigitalGlobe – Maxar Technologies 2019; Source: Google Earth (Nairobi) – Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and […]

Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Denied School

Expand Survivors of attack on their primary school in Kazumba territory in December 2016.  © Holly Cartner, October 2018 (Nairobi) – Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are denied their right to education across Africa, despite progress in some countries, Human Rights Watch said today to mark the African Union’s Day of […]

South Africa’s Children with Disabilities Need the President’s Attention

Expand Parents of children with disabilities stand outside the South African Human Rights Commission. © 2017 Jean Elphick/Afrika Tikkun When two young South African learners ran into the road to pick up a fallen election poster featuring the country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa, their action did not go unnoticed. A video about the “rescue mission,” posted […]

Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Students Expelled

Expand Rohingya refugee students demonstrate against being expelled from Bangladeshi secondary schools in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, February 6, 2019. © 2019 Private (Bangkok) ­ The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the […]

On World Autism Awareness Day, ‘Everything is Possible’

Expand Children in the playground of a European School in Brussels.  © 2015 Lieven Van Assche / ID / photo agency Most of us who grew up in Europe have always taken our right to education for granted – but not children with autism. On a Wednesday afternoon in October, I met Adrian, a 17-year-old […]