Rohingya Arrested in Myanmar Just for Traveling

Click to expand Image Police officers wearing facemasks stand on a street in Yangon, Myanmar, November 3, 2020.  © 2020 Kaung Zaw Hein/Sipa via AP Images Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, government restrictions on movement in Myanmar have been widespread, but certain people have been more affected than others. On January 6, Myanmar police detained 99 […]

Qatar: Wage Abuse Action Shortchanges Workers

(Beirut) – Qatari authorities have failed to provide redress for hundreds of migrant workers who are suffering from months of unpaid wages at two companies, even though authorities have repeatedly been informed of these abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund, which the government established in 2018 specifically to ensure […]

Libya: Militia Terrorized Town, Leaving Mass Graves

Click to expand Image Residents of the Libyan town Tarhouna who were abducted or reported missing between 2014 and 2020. © 2021 Private (Beirut) – Hundreds of residents of the Libyan town Tarhouna were abducted or reported missing between 2014 and 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities of the country’s Government of National Accord […]

Saudi Arabia: Personal Drivers Face Abuse

Click to expand Image Foreign laborers work on the construction of new luxury houses in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, April 2019.  © 2019 FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia should put in place labor and immigration reforms to protect domestic workers, including personal drivers, Human Rights Watch said today. New Human Rights […]

Tanzania: Burundian Refugees ‘Disappeared,’ Tortured

(Nairobi) – Tanzanian authorities have gravely abused at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since late 2019. The whereabouts of several who were forcibly disappeared remain unknown, and additional Burundians may have suffered similar abuse.  Click to expand Image Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye (left) and Tanzanian President John Magufuli meet in Kigoma, in northwestern […]

Greece: Lead Poisoning Concerns in New Migrant Camp

Click to expand Image A girl from Syria living in Mavrovouni camp watches the Greek military search for unexploded munitions after she and thousands of other migrants had already moved to the site.  © 2020 Private  (Athens) Thousands of asylum seekers, aid workers, United Nations, and Greek and European Union employees may be at risk of lead poisoning in a new migrant camp that Greek authorities have built on a repurposed […]

Iraq: Camp Expulsions Leave Families Homeless, Vulnerable

Click to expand Image Government buses waiting to move families from one camp in Anbar governate to another during a previous wave of camp closures in December 2018.  © 2018 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) –The ongoing closures of Iraq’s displaced persons camps on short notice is forcing some residents into homelessness and poverty, Human […]

Pushbacks in Greek Waters Put Lives at Risk

Click to expand Image An officer from the European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex, holds the arm of a migrant as they board a ferry in the port of Mytilini, Lesbos island, Greece, on Friday, April 8, 2016. © 2016 AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris Mounting evidence suggests the Greek government has been secretly expelling thousands of […]

Cameroon: Gunmen Massacre School Children

Click to expand Image Screenshot of a video filmed outside Mother Francisca Bilingual Academy, in Kumba, South-West region, after the attack which killed 7 children on October 24, 2020 © Private (New York) – Gunmen stormed a private school in Cameroon’s Anglophone South-West region on October 24, 2020, killing 7 children and injuring at least […]

North Korea: Horrific Pretrial Detention System

Click to expand Image Illustration of a North Korean pre-trial detention and investigation facility (kuryujang) based on former detainees’ testimonies told to Human Rights Watch and the illustrator’s personal experience in detention. © 2020 Choi Seong Guk for Human Rights Watch (Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks […]