Colombia: Uphold Women’s Rights in Abortion Case

Expand Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019. © 2019 Getty Images VIEWPRESS/ Fredy Builes Corbis via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, […]

From Chile to China: Human Rights Weekend 2020

Expand Program Human Rights Weekend 2020 Human Rights Watch (Amsterdam) – Human Rights Watch, De Balie, and partners proudly present the eighth edition of Human Rights Weekend, from 6 to 8 February 2020 at De Balie in Amsterdam. In a weekend of films, discussions, and more, participants will reflect on some of today’s most important human […]

Syria: Address Fate of Missing Victims of ISIS

February 11, 2020 Video Missing Victims of ISIS Prioritize Sharing Information, Protect Mass Graves   (Beirut) – The authorities in Syria should address as a priority what happened to people who disappeared in the custody of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while the group controlled parts of Syria, Human Rights Watch said in […]

Mauritania: Prison Terms for Men Celebrating Birthday

Expand View of Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott. © Eric Goldstein/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – A Mauritanian court on January 30, 2020, convicted eight men of “committing indecent acts” and “inciting debauchery,” after a video showing them celebrating a birthday party in a restaurant led to their arrest, Human Rights Watch said today. The court sentenced all […]

Syria: Cluster Munition Attack on School

Expand An unexploded 9N24 fragmentation submunition is marked by deminers in Sarmin, Idlib governorate. © 2020 Syria Civil Defense (Beirut) – A ballistic missile equipped with a banned cluster munition warhead launched by Syrian forces killed 12 civilians, including 5 children, at a school on January 1, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack killed 9 […]

Lebanon: Police Violence Against Protesters

Expand Riot police arrest a protester outside a police station in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Hussein Malla   (Beirut) – Lebanon’s riot police beat and violently arrested largely peaceful protesters and media workers during demonstrations on January 15, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The Interior Ministry should promptly […]

Morocco: 3 Years in Abusive Solitary Detention

Expand Abdelqader Belliraj, arriving at a courthouse in Salé, Morocco, in 2008. © 2008 Abdelhak Senna/AFP via Getty Images   (Tunis) – A man sentenced to life in prison in one of Morocco’s best-known trials for supposedly plotting terrorism, has apparently been held in abusive solitary detention for more than three years, Human Rights Watch […]

Denial of Entry to Hong Kong? Our Call, Says Beijing

Expand Thousands of protesters march at an avenue in Victoria, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong on January 1, 2020. © 2020 The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images “In Hong Kong”: this was the repeated and emphatic answer from the immigration officers at Hong Kong International Airport when Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, […]

US: Extend Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

Expand People participate in a Yemeni protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban in New York City, US, Feb. 2, 2017.  © REUTERS (Washington, DC) – The United States government should ensure that the approximately 1,250 Yemenis currently living in the US are not deported to their war-torn country, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

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 […]