Cambodia: ‘Stop Covid-19’ System Raises Privacy Concerns

Click to expand Image Cambodian school girls walk home at the end of their school day outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © 2021 AP Photo/Heng Sinith (Bangkok) – The Cambodian government’s “Stop Covid-19” QR Code system raises serious privacy and other human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should use less-rights-intrusive measures to contain […]

China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims

Click to expand Image © 2020 Badiucao for Human Rights Watch (New York) – A big data program for policing in China’s Xinjiang region arbitrarily selects Turkic Muslims for possible detention, Human Rights Watch said today. A leaked list of over 2,000 detainees from Aksu prefecture provided to Human Rights Watch is further evidence of […]

What Will it Take for Saudi Arabia to Abolish Abusive Sponsorship System?

Click to expand Image There are reports this week that Saudi authorities are seeking to abolish the notorious kafala (sponsorship) system in 2021. Under that system, some 10 million migrant workers’ legal status are tied to their employer—facilitating abuse and exploitation including forced labor, trafficking, and slavery-like conditions. Gulf states are increasingly keen to insist […]

Qatar: Partial Reforms Risk Undermining Progress

Expand A picture taken on December 4, 2018, shows workers at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, a city in northeastern Qatar.  © 2018 David Harding/AFP (Beirut) – Qatar made some important progress on human rights in 2018 but failed to deliver on several key promised reforms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report […]