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 […]

A Moment for Justice in the Central African Republic

Expand Anti-Balaka fighter in Gambo, Mboumou province, Central African Republic, on August 16, 2017.  © 2017 Alexis Huguet On December 11, the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for Central African Republic militia leaders Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom. While they can appeal the charges, as it stands, they will […]

Yemen: Riyadh Agreement Ignores Rights Abuses

Expand Yemeni Southern Transitional Council member and former Aden Governor Nasser al-Khabji, left, and Yemen’s deputy Prime Minister Salem al-Khanbashi greet each other before signing a power-sharing deal witnessed by Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, background right, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, and Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, […]

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Refugees’ Movements Restricted

Expand Makhmour Refugee Camp. © Private / 2019 (Beirut) – Security forces for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have arbitrarily imposed restrictions on movement for most residents of Makhmour refugee camp for Turkish Kurds since mid-July 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The restrictions came after unknown assailants suspected of belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ […]