EU Should Address Beijing’s Assault on Rights

Click to expand Image European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on a screen during a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020 in Brussels, […]

US: Commit to Joining Cluster Munitions Ban

Click to expand Image Submunición M77 DPICM sin estallar hallada en la localidad de Dughayj, en el norte de Yemen, tras los ataques perpetrados por las fuerzas de la coalición liderada por Arabia Saudita a mediados de 2015 con cohetes de artillería M26 que llevaban municiones en racimo fabricadas en EE. UU. © 2015 Ole Solvang/Human […]

China’s ‘Slanders and Smears’ at UN Human Rights Council

Click to expand Image Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a phone screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mary Altaffer The Chinese government has rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, having been narrowly reelected in October 2020. Under global pressure on […]

Canada Needs to Deliver Promised Climate Accountability

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has tabled legislation that would increase transparency of government efforts to meet climate change commitments.  Bill C-12, tabled November 19, would require the government to set and regularly report on steps taken to reach national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While this legislation could be an important tool […]

Belarus: Expert Report Calls for International Inquiry into Torture

Click to expand Image A protester waves the former national Belarus’ flag in Minsk, on June 7, 2020, during a collect of signatures in support of alternative candidates ahead of Belarus presidential election on August 9, 2020. © Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images (Berlin) – A new expert report has found “massive and systemic” human […]

People with Disabilities Needed in Fight Against Climate Change

Click to expand Image Volunteers tend to a man in a wheelchair and his partner, after they were rescued during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. © 2019 AP Photo/Gerald Herbert People with disabilities are at increased risk of the adverse impacts of climate change – including threats to their health, food […]

More Americans Favor Decriminalizing Sex Work

A new report published today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and 22 other United States-based human rights organizations finds that 52 percent of Americans and two-thirds of voters age 18 to 44 years support decriminalizing sex work. Decriminalizing sex work means ending laws that make it illegal […]

Nepal: Release Report on 2015 Protest Violence

Expand A police officer faces protesters in Nepal’s Terai region in September 2015. © 2015 Private (New York) – The government of Nepal should make public, as pledged, the report of the commission that investigated deadly violence involving police and protesters in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Donors, including the United Kingdom and United […]

A Step Toward Accountability Over Nicaragua’s Brutal Crackdown

Expand Chamber of the United Nations Human Rights Council, July 10, 2019. © 2019 Tamara Taraciuk Broner/Human Rights Watch The first oral report on Nicaragua by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva today brings important attention to the need for accountability for the victims of the government’s brutal […]

World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats’ Attacks on Rights

Expand Anti-government protestors in Venezuela take to the streets for a candlelight vigil in honor of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. © 2017 Associated Press (Berlin) – There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its World Report 2019. Within the […]