Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
UN: Create International Inquiry into Yemen Abuses
The United Nations Human Rights Council should create an independent, international inquiry into abuses committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen , Human Rights Watch and 56 other national, regional, and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) said today in a letter to council...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Iran: Raising the Death Penalty Bar
The Iranian parliament on August 13, 2017, approved a long-awaited amendment to the country’s drug law that significantly raises the bar for a mandatory death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendment , which the parliamentary judiciary commission revised four times, is a step in the...
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Jordan: Seize Opportunity to End Impunity for Rape
Jordanian lawmakers will decide on August 1, 2017 whether to remove or amend an infamous provision in the country’s 1960 penal code that allows people who commit sexual assault to avoid punishment if they marry their victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Removing the article completely would be a...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death
Saudi Arabia should investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman at a Riyadh police station following a raid on an event space in late February 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities should also immediately release five Pakistanis who remain in detention if they are held...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups
For the past four years, the Kremlin has sought to stigmatize criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous. It is part of a sweeping crackdown to silence critical voices that has included new legal restrictions on the internet , on freedom...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
US: Don’t Target Muslim Brotherhood
A US government designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, which the Trump administration is reportedly considering, would threaten the rights to association of Muslim groups in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. Such a designation would also undermine...
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists
Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Turkey: Journalists, Writers Face Terrorism, Separatism Charges
The prosecution of writers and journalists charged with terrorism and separatism for their association with a newspaper raises serious concerns for freedom of expression in Turkey , Human Rights Watch said today. The first trial hearing begins on December 29, 2016, for four defendants detained...
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Yemen: Brazil-Made Cluster Munitions Harm Civilians
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fired Brazilian-made rockets containing banned cluster munitions that struck near two schools in the northern Yemeni city of Saada on December 6, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack on al-Dhubat neighborhood in Saada’s Old City at about 8 p.m. killed two...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
UAE: Extend Labor Law to Domestic Workers
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announcement that it will transfer oversight for the recruitment of domestic workers from the interior ministry to the labor ministry is a positive step, Human Rights Watch said today. The UAE should now include domestic workers under its labor law and introduce...
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