Ghana: Covid-19 Pandemic Fueling Child Labor

The unprecedented economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is pushing children into exploitative and dangerous child labor. Many children feel they have no choice but to work to help their families survive, but a rise in child labor is not an inevitable consequence of the pandemic. The Ghanaian government should increase cash assistance to families […]

A Gold Medal for Homophobia in Japan

Click to expand Image LGBT rights activists outside the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo, Japan on July 27, 2018.  © 2018 Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists in Japan and their allies have for years been pressing the Diet, the national parliament, to introduce legislation that […]

Ex-Chad Dictator’s Victims Denied Reparations

Click to expand Image Supporters of Habre’s victims, Dakar, 2015. © 2015 Reed Brody/HRW (Nairobi) – Victims of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, have not received a cent of reparations ordered by the African Union-backed Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal in 2016, five organizations including Human Rights Watch said today. The following is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Russia: Ban Sought on Groups Linked to Navalny

Click to expand Image Police officers outside the Moscow City Court building. February 02, 2021. Russia, Moscow. © 2021 Emin Dzhafarov/Kommersant/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images) (Moscow) – The Moscow prosecutor’s office is seeking a court ruling to declare several organizations affiliated with the jailed opposition figure and vocal Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny “extremist,” Human Rights […]

Killing Schoolgirls in Afghanistan

Scenes from Sayed ul-Shuhada High School in Kabul, Afghanistan, where as many as 85 people including many schoolgirls were killed in an attack this weekend, should break anyone’s heart. They certainly broke mine. In 2017 a filmmaker and I spent a week at the school, filming a video to accompany a report on barriers to […]

EU: Prioritize Rights at India Summit

Click to expand Image People suffering from breathing issues receive oxygen support at a gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Delhi, India.  © 2021 Idrees Mohammed / Sputnik via AP (Brussels) – European leaders at the May 8, 2021 summit with their Indian counterparts should […]