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 […]

Uzbekistan: Parliamentary Elections and Human Rights

Expand Oliy Majlis, the Parliament of Uzbekistan.  Tashkent, Uzbekistan © 2019 Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. (Berlin) – International election observers are concerned that rules governing Uzbekistan’s parliamentary elections on December 22, 2019 do not allow voters a genuine choice of candidates, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question and answer document […]

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Expand The Human Rights Watch Toronto Film Festival poster featuring a still from the opening night feature, ‘I Am Not Alone’. The festival will run from January 30 to February 4, 2020. © 2019 Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is taking the occasion of International Human Rights Day to announce its 17th annual film […]

Lighting Up Hope for Human Rights

Expand On December 10, the Empire State Building and Toronto’s CN Tower will shine bright blue to honor Human Rights Day (New York) – Human Rights Watch has arranged for 17 landmarks across the globe to shine bright blue on December 10, 2019, to celebrate Human Rights Day. From New York to Sydney, Munich to Toronto, […]

China: FIFA Broke Own Rules for Club World Cup

Expand Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, attends the FIFA Council Meeting, officially announcing the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Shanghai, China, October 24, 2019.  © 2019 Imaginechina via AP Images   (New York) – FIFA’s surprise selection of China to host the 2021 Club World Cup disregarded its own human rights […]

ICC: Changes Needed to Deliver Justice

Expand Seventeenth session of the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands, December 2018.  © 2018 Syd Boyd/Coalition for the International Criminal Court (The Hague) – The annual meeting of International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries is a pivotal moment to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice, Human Rights Watch said […]