Human Rights Watch Mourns the Loss of Robin Munro

Click to expand Image Robin Munro and Sophie Richardson at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Liu Xiaobo, in Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2010.  © 2010 Private (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the death of Robin Munro, who joined Human Rights Watch in 1989 as China researcher and Hong Kong office director. […]

Thailand: Child Prosecuted for Insulting Monarchy

Click to expand Image Thanakorn Phiraban speaking at a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2020. © 2020 Private (New York) – Thai authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop insulting the monarchy and other politically motivated charges against children who peacefully express their opinions, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 24, 2021, the Central Juvenile […]

Belarus’s Shocking New Low in Crushing Dissent

Click to expand Image Raman Pratasevich, center, Belarusian journalist, who was arrested on May 23 when President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a MiG-29 fighter jet to force the airplane on which Pratasevich was travelling to land at Minsk airport, is seen here being arrested on a previous occasion in 2017 by Belarus police in the capital Minsk. Pratasevich is […]

Saudi Arabia: Google Should Halt “Cloud Region”

Click to expand Image Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman arrives to attend the first meeting of the defense ministers and officials of the 41-member Saudi-led Muslim counter-terrorism alliance in the capital Riyadh on November 26, 2017. © 2017 Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images (Beirut) – Google should immediately halt its decision to establish […]

US Should Support Probe into 2020 Beirut Blast

Click to expand Image A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon,  August 6, 2020. © 2020 Thibault Camus/Pool via AP Images A group of US lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to support a United Nations-led investigation into the catastrophic blast at Beirut’s port on […]

Saudi Arabia: Repression Rages on Despite Releases

Click to expand Image Top, left to right: Salman Al-Awda, Dr. Walid Fitaihi and his daughter, Sarah Jabri, and Omar Jabri. Bottom, left to right: Loujain al-Hathloul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, Abdelrahman al-Sadhan, and Nassima al-Sadah. Saudi authorities in recent months have imposed harsh sentences on a number of human rights activists and independent critics. (c) Private / Human Rights Watch © […]

An Opportunity to Lower Drug Costs in the US

Click to expand Image File photo showing pharmaceuticals.  © 2018 AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File Last week, members of the United States House of Representatives reintroduced a bill to lower prescription drug costs. Congress now has the chance to provide relief for millions of people in the US struggling to afford vital medicines. For many in […]

Venezuela: Security Force Abuses at Colombia Border

(Washington, DC) – Venezuelan security forces have committed egregious abuses against local residents during a weeks-long operation against armed groups on the border with Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuelan security forces opened the offensive in Apure state on March 21, 2021, with the alleged purpose of combatting armed groups in Venezuela. The operation […]

Sri Lanka: Reject ‘Political Victimization’ Findings

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, arrives in parliament to address the ceremonial inauguration of the session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 3, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File (New York) – Sri Lanka’s parliament should reject a resolution to exonerate officials implicated in human rights abuses and to prosecute […]