Sri Lanka: Failed Pledges Mar 10 Years Since War’s End

Expand Women mourn at the graves of their relatives who died in 2009 during the last days of the war in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka, May 18, 2015. © 2015 AP Photo (New York) – Ten years since the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the government has failed to provide justice for the conflict’s many […]

Angola: Abusive Arrest of Activist

Expand Angolan activist Hitler “Samussuku” Tshikonde. @2018 Private (Johannesburg, May 17, 2019) – Angolan authorities should investigate alleged police abuse against a political activist and drop the baseless case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 10, 2019 in Luanda, six plainclothes police officers violently forced Hitler “Samussuku” Tshikonde into an unidentified car. […]

Belarus: Media Under Attack as European Games Loom

Expand The office of the Belarusian news website, The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has ordered the detention of some staff, along with other media workers, alleging they had unauthorized access to information owned by government-owned news agency, BELTA.  © 2019 Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities have […]

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 […]

Brazil: Mothers at Risk of Illegal Detention

Expand A female inmate with four of her five children cry during a visit at Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Nov. 23, 2017.  © Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo Brazilian mothers of small children and of people with disabilities and pregnant women accused of non-violent crimes remain in pretrial detention despite a new […]

Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Expand The media photograph Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal, as she attends her trial for alleged ‘unauthorised access’ to information from state-run BelTA news agency, in Minsk, March 4, 2019. © 2019 SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images   (Brussels) – The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights […]

Iran: 2 Child Offenders Executed

Expand Mehdi Sohrabifar (blue background) and Amin Sedaghat (white background) were executed on April 25, 2019.    © Private (Beirut) – The execution of two children in southern Iran is an abhorrent violation of Iran’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 25, 2019, authorities in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz, Fars […]

Austria’s Strache Scandal Shows Why Media Freedom Matters

Expand Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (Austrian Freedom Party), addresses the media during press conference at the sport ministry in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 18, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Michael Gruber The Austrian populist rightwing Freedom Party (FPÖ), until Monday part of the country’s governing coalition, has suffered after its attempt to take over a […]

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 […]