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 […]

Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina Convicted in Flawed Trial

Click to expand Image Paul Rusesabagina attends a court hearing in Kigali, Rwanda, February 26, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Muhizi Olivier (Nairobi) – The conviction of the Rwandan critic and political opponent Paul Rusesabagina comes after a flawed trial that is emblematic of the government’s overreach and manipulation of the justice system, Human Rights Watch said […]

Burundi: Allegations of Killings, Disappearances, Torture

Click to expand Image Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye at his swearing-in ceremony in Gitega, Burundi, on June 18, 2020. © 2020 Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua via Getty Images (Nairobi) – Grave human rights violations have persisted in a context of insecurity in the 15 months since Évariste Ndayishimiye became president of Burundi, Human Rights Watch said. Until […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar: Teenager Describes Torture, Mock Burial

Click to expand Image Police gather outside the Kamayut court in Yangon, Myanmar, March 12, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s security forces have arbitrarily detained thousands of people and, according to numerous credible sources, subjected many to torture, routine beatings, and other ill-treatment since the February 1, 2021 military coup, Human Rights […]

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 […]

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Follows Pattern of Repression

Click to expand Image A man looks at newspapers at a newsstand in Abuja, Nigeria June 5, 2021. © 2021 Afolabi Sotunde/REUTERS The Nigerian government’s decision to ban Twitter and prosecute those who continue using the platform is a blatant and unjustified restriction on civic space and people’s right to information through social media. The […]