Hungary Seeks to Ban Legal Gender Recognition for Transgender People

Expand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center right, speaks during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP On March 31, the Hungarian government submitted a bill to parliament that, among other things, would  make it impossible for transgender people to legally […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Poses Extreme Threat to People Shackled in Nigeria

November 11, 2019 Video People With Mental Health Conditions Chained and Abused in Nigeria Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, certain images come to mind: quarantines in Wuhan and Italy, empty […]

Greece/EU: Urgently Relocate Lone Children

Expand A boy stands next to a hole in the fence of the Moria camp following rainfall, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, November 22, 2019.  © 2019 Elias Marcou/Reuters (Athens) – European Union (EU) Member States should urgently relocate unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to safety in their territory, while ensuring that the […]

Australia: Don’t Cozy Up to Myanmar’s Army

Expand Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, left, talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry Office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar,  December 13, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo (Sydney) – Australia should avoid dealings with Myanmar that play down its military’s egregious rights abuses, Human Rights Watch […]

Burundi: Journalists Convicted in Flawed Trial

Expand From left to right: Christine Kamikazi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Térence Mpozenzi and Egide Harerimana © 2019 Iwacu   (Nairobi) – The conviction of four Burundian journalists in a flawed trial on January 30, 2020 is a clear example of the misuse of the justice system to stifle freedom of expression, Human Rights watch said today. The […]

Bangladesh Lawmakers Openly Call for Extrajudicial Executions

Expand Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images In Bangladesh, people who question the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule fear they may be next in line to be […]

ICC: Changes Needed to Deliver Justice

Expand Seventeenth session of the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands, December 2018.  © 2018 Syd Boyd/Coalition for the International Criminal Court (The Hague) – The annual meeting of International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries is a pivotal moment to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice, Human Rights Watch said […]

Nepal: New NGO Law Should Protect Rights

Expand Nepalese activists shout slogans after being detained by police during a protest against the government, in front of the prime minister’s office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday on July 10, 2018.  © 2019 AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha (New York) – The government of Nepal should ensure that forthcoming legislation to regulate social organizations protects the right […]

A Hopeful Speech, but Will Tunisia’s President Deliver?

Expand Kais Saied during the sworn ceremony in Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia on October 23, 2019. © 2019 Nicolas Fauque/Images de Tunisie/Abaca/Sipa USA via AP Images In his inaugural speech on October 23, Tunisia’s new president, Kais Saied, pledged to “honor Tunisia’s obligations under international law.” This was an unexpected turn, given his hostility towards human […]