Afghanistan: Taliban Abuses Cause Widespread Fear

Click to expand Image A Taliban member watches as women demonstrate for human rights in Herat, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021.  © 2021 AFP via Getty Images (New York) – The Taliban in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat are committing widespread and serious human rights violations against women and girls, Human Rights Watch and the San […]

Sharing Knowledge, Technology Critical to Curb Covid-19

(New York) – Wealthy governments and pharmaceutical companies are undermining a rapid and equitable public health response to Covid-19 vaccines, therapeutic drugs, and tests, Human Rights Watch researchers said in a paper published ahead of a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting this week. Human Rights Watch also released a video about the subject. Governments and companies […]

Japan: Protect Fleeing Afghans at Risk

Click to expand Image Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, greets UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on July 22, 2021. © 2021 Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP (Tokyo) – Japan’s government should urgently protect Afghan civilians who are at risk under the new Taliban authorities, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hong Kong: Beijing Dismantles a Free Society

Click to expand Image The slogan in Chinese on the flag, “Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Times,” was a common chant during the 2019 protests. But since the imposition of the National Security Law, Hong Kong authorities have prohibited both the chant and pro-democracy protests have been prohibited in Hong Kong. The group that has long organized peaceful marches, Civil Human Rights […]

Discrimination in Tanzania’s Schools Ruining Girls’ Lives

Click to expand Image © 2017 Marco Tibasima for Human Rights Watch Tanzania’s first woman president, Samia Suluhu, took office in March 2021. Her administration has the opportunity to call on education authorities to end the exclusion of pregnant and married girls from public schools. She should urge them to adopt a clear human rights-compliant […]

Burundi: Entrenched Repression of Civil Society, Media

Click to expand Image Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye at his inauguration on June 18, 2020. President Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye at his inauguration on June 18, 2020. President Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his […]

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 […]