Syria’s Detainees Left Even More Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Expand Locations of detention centers that were identified by multiple witnesses. Using satellite imagery, Human Rights Watch asked the victims and defectors to point out the buildings where torture took place. Former detainees and defectors corroborated the findings. Copyright info is © 2012 Human Rights Watch As countries around the world struggle to contain the […]

Mexico: Justice System Proposals Violate Fundamental Rights

Expand View of the plenary session inside the Senate of the Republic of México on March 22, 2018. © 2018 AP Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Alejandro Acosta/RCC (New York) – Proposed changes in Mexico’s justice system, as set out in a leaked draft version, would be a major step backward for the rule of law and violate the […]

CIA Contractor Details Torture of 9/11 Suspects

Expand In this photo reviewed by US military officials, flags fly in front of the tents of Camp Justice, April 18, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. © 2019 AP Photo/Alex Brandon   In his testimony last week in the pre-trial hearing of five men charged with plotting the September 11 attacks on the United […]

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 […]

Another Unexplained Death in Pakistan Police Custody

While robbing a cash machine in Faisalabad, Pakistan, last week, Salahuddin Ayubi cheekily stuck his tongue out at the surveillance camera. His act got him a lot of media attention – and got him arrested on August 30.  Expand A police officer is framed by the architecture of Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque while standing guard during […]

Bangladesh: Heed UN Recommendations on Torture

Expand Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters.  © 2019 AP Photo/Frank Franklin II (Geneva) – Bangladesh should implement the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee against Torture to end the widespread practice of torture in the […]

Equatorial Guinea: Coup Trial Travesty of Justice

August 2, 2019 Video Video: Coup Trial Travesty of Justice in Equatorial Guinea An Equatorial Guinea court’s conviction of 112 defendants on May 31, 2019, in a trial rife with due process violations, including confessions extracted through torture, represents a gross miscarriage of justice, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a video about the […]

A Step Toward Accountability Over Nicaragua’s Brutal Crackdown

Expand Chamber of the United Nations Human Rights Council, July 10, 2019. © 2019 Tamara Taraciuk Broner/Human Rights Watch The first oral report on Nicaragua by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva today brings important attention to the need for accountability for the victims of the government’s brutal […]

Iraq: Torture Persists in Mosul Jail

Expand In its August 2018 report on Faisaliya detention facility, Human Rights Watch interviewed Mahmoud who said he was hung in the “bazoona” position at least six times while in detention, for hours. He said that at least four of those times, he lost consciousness before being taken down. Sometimes officers threw water at him […]