South Korea: Internet Sexual Images Ruin Women’s Lives

(Seoul) – Widespread internet posting in South Korea of sexual images of women and girls without their consent is having a devastating impact on the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should be doing more to prevent and respond to these digital sex crimes. The 96-page report, “‘My Life is Not Your Porn’: Digital […]

Police ‘Kidnap’ Chechen Woman Who Escaped Abuse

Click to expand Image Screen grab from the video that Khalimat Taramova sent to Chechen authorities, saying she had left Chechnya voluntarily because of abuse. © 2021 Медиазона via Youtube For about six months before 22-year-old Khalimat Taramova fled Chechnya on June 6, her family kept the young woman, who identifies as bisexual, under lock […]

Canada: Abuse, Discrimination in Immigration Detention

Click to expand Image © Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch (Ottawa) – Canada incarcerates thousands of people, including those with disabilities, on immigration-related grounds every year in often abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in a joint report ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The 100-page report, “‘I […]

Families of Activists Who Flee Xinjiang Pay a Heavy Price

Click to expand Image The watchtower of a high-security facility near a “re-education camp” where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region on May 31, 2019. ©2019 GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images For members of the Uyghur diaspora – people of Turkic descent who have left […]

Iraq: Inadequate Plans for Camp Closures

Click to expand Image Government buses waiting to move families from one camp in Anbar governate to another during a previous wave of camp closures in December 2018.  © 2018 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Recent camp closures have stripped thousands of displaced people of essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with inadequate government […]

Philippines: Drop Proposal for New Militia

Click to expand Image President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the launch and oath-taking of the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers at the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City, Philippines, June 25, 2021. Source: ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO (New York) – The Philippine government should […]