UK Fashion Brand Joins Global Transparency Movement

Expand A branch of River Island seen on Oxford Street in London, United Kingdom, December 4, 2019.  © 2019 Dinendra Haria/Sipa via AP Images Last week, River Island, a United Kingdom fashion brand, signed onto a global effort to be more transparent about the factories that produce its products. In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, together […]

Thugs Attack Lawyer, Journalist in Chechnya

Expand Human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina (L) in a police vehicle, and journalist Elena Milashina following separate attacks in Chechnya.  © 2020 Marina Dubrovina/Facebook; 2020 Elena Milashina/Facebook Last night, a group of thugs in Grozny attacked human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and investigative journalist Elena Milashina – the latest in a long history of attacks on […]

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 […]

Kazakhstan: Improper Prosecution of Asylum Seekers from China

Expand Kazakhstan is prosecuting Kaster Musakhanuly (left) and Murager Alimuly (right), two ethnic Kazakh, Chinese citizens from Xinjiang, who are seeking asylum and at risk of torture if returned to China. Zaysan, January 6, 2020.  © 2020 Khadisha Akaeva RFE/RL (Berlin) – Kazakhstan should not forcibly return two Chinese citizens fleeing ill-treatment in Xinjiang or […]

Pressure Mounts on New York Governor to Ban Toxic Pesticide

Pressure is growing for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide. The scientific evidence on the harms of chlorpyrifos is overwhelming and irrefutable. On Friday, the European Union acted to ban sales of chlorpyrifos beginning in 2020, after the European Food Safety Authority […]

Lebanon: Hospital Crisis Endangering Health

Expand Lebanese doctors chant slogans as they take part in anti-government demonstrations in central Beirut on November 12, 2019.  © 2019 AFP/Getty (Beirut) – Lebanon’s medical practitioners and public officials are warning that hospitals may soon not be able to provide patients with life-saving surgery and urgent medical care because of a financial crisis, Human […]

US: Mexican Asylum Seekers Ordered to Wait

Expand Mexican asylum seekers wait to ask for protection at a port of entry on November 22, 2019. © 2019 Human Rights Watch/Ariana Sawyer (El Paso, Texas) – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have denied entry to the United States to Mexican asylum seekers, exposing thousands, including families and children, to danger in […]

UAE: Unrelenting Harassment of Dissidents’ Families

Expand UAE flag with Dubai skyline © 2019 Getty Images (Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates state security apparatus has targeted dozens of relatives of detained Emirati dissidents and of dissidents living abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented the targeting of relatives of eight UAE dissidents. These include dissidents who have […]

US Agency Could Pave Way for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Expand The picture shows the emblem of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. © Tim Brakemeier/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds thousands of organizations that work on important health and social welfare issues including adoption and foster care, youth homelessness, and sexuality education. Currently, recipients […]