Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence

Expand Candles and silhouettes representing victims are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women outside the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, November 25, 2018. © 2018 Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP Amidst a disturbing global uptick in reports of domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdowns, Hungary has taken a leap […]

U.S. Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn’t Cherry-Pick Rights

The United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups from 28 countries said today in a letter to the Commission. Related […]

Countering Domestic Violence Myths in Armenia

Expand Taguhi shows scars on her neck and shoulder. In 2016, her former husband attacked her and her mother with an axe, killing her mother.  © 2016 Nazik Armenakyan (Daphne.am) A human rights expert body has hopefully put to rest harmful myths circulating in Armenia about a European treaty on combatting violence against women. Domestic […]

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Expand A young woman, 18, holds her younger child at their home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She gave birth to her first child at 16 and her second at 17. © 2019 Tatiana Fernández Geara for Human Rights Watch   Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on […]

Iranian Women Rebel Against Dress Code

Expand Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran’s mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding.   © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s […]

Syria: Dire Conditions for ISIS Suspects’ Families

Expand A girl stands in the annex of al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, where more than 11,000 women and children from nearly 50 nationalities are confined as family members of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects. The Kurdish-led coalition controlling northern Syria wants home countries to take the women and children back. But most […]

UN: Expert Seeks Criminal Probe of Khashoggi Murder

Expand Candles lit by activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are placed outside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul.  © 2018 Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo (Geneva) – The United Nations expert’s call for justice for the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should lead to the creation of a comprehensive system to monitor Saudi […]

Kyrgyzstan: Pressure Builds to Protect Women and Girls

Expand Burulai Turdaaly kyzy’s portrait on a building at the medical college she attended in Bishkek, November 2018. © 2018 Gulzhan Turdubaeva/Radio Free Europe/RL (Bishkek) – The failure of Kyrgyzstan’s government to prevent and punish violence against women and girls leaves them at risk of injury and even death, Human Rights Watch said today, a […]

Iran: Parliament OKs Nationality Law Reform

(Beirut) – Iran’s Parliament on May 13, 2019, approved an amendment to allow Iranian women to pass their nationality to their children, Human Rights Watch said today. The Guardian Council, the last body needing to approve the amendment, should adopt the long overdue reform to Iran’s discriminatory citizenship law.  Expand Iranian Parliament approves an amendment […]

Fear Returns to Sri Lanka After Bombings

Expand Sri Lankan soldiers secure a Muslim neighborhood following an overnight clash in Poruthota, a village in Negombo, about 35 kilometers North of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 6, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena This month marks 10 years since the end of Sri Lanka’s long and brutal civil war. But instead of celebrating […]