US Southern States Ease Covid-19 Restrictions, Risking Black Lives

Expand A worker walks in to the Paris Healthcare Center in Paris, Texas, April 29, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Plans by governors in several southern states in the United States to ease Covid-19 related restrictions and stay-at-home orders are forcing workers to make an impossible choice: earn a living or put their health at risk. […]

US: Address Impact of Covid-19 on Poor

Expand A restaurant employee with her son leaves with her paycheck, in Brooklyn, New York, March 19, 2020. The restaurant company, which has closed its four locations due to the coronavirus, laid off 650 of 850 employees.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Lennihan (New York) – The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has put a […]

UK Fashion Brand Joins Global Transparency Movement

Expand A branch of River Island seen on Oxford Street in London, United Kingdom, December 4, 2019.  © 2019 Dinendra Haria/Sipa via AP Images Last week, River Island, a United Kingdom fashion brand, signed onto a global effort to be more transparent about the factories that produce its products. In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, together […]

US: Block Law Endangering Sex Workers

(Washington, DC, September 19, 2019) – Human Rights Watch and four other plaintiffs will present arguments on September 20 against the dismissal of their challenge to a 2017 United States law that imposes criminal liability for online speech about sex work. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 31 of the E. […]

South Africa: Decriminalise Sex Work

(Johannesburg) – South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime, Human Rights Watch and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) said in a report released today. South Africa should decriminalise the exchange of sex for […]

US Immigration Raids Target Meat Industry

Expand Workers are escorted onto a bus for transportation to a processing center following a raid by US immigration officials at a Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Mississippi, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis On Wednesday, United States immigration authorities arrested 680 people during raids on 7 food processing plants across […]

Clothing Brands’ Business Practices Fuel Factory Abuses

(London) – Clothing and footwear brands should end business practices that provide incentives for factory labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 66-page report, “‘Paying for a Bus Ticket and Expecting to Fly’: How Apparel Brand Purchasing Practices Drive Labor Abuses,” identifies key practices by clothing companies that fuel abusive […]

China’s Labor Activists ‘Hold Fast to Freedom’

Expand Cartoon drawn by Wei Zhili’s wife, Zheng Churan, and the couples’ friends. © Zheng Churan “The whole world is waiting for you to come back. ‘Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain,’” wrote Zheng Churan in a postcard to her husband, Wei Zhili, a labor activist detained in March by authorities in the […]

Qatar: Partial Reforms Risk Undermining Progress

Expand A picture taken on December 4, 2018, shows workers at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, a city in northeastern Qatar.  © 2018 David Harding/AFP (Beirut) – Qatar made some important progress on human rights in 2018 but failed to deliver on several key promised reforms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report […]