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.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
US: Trump Should Govern With Respect for Rights
United States President-elect Donald Trump should abandon campaign rhetoric that seemed to reject many of the United States’ core human rights obligations and put rights at the heart of his administration’s domestic and foreign policy agendas, Human Rights Watch said today. Official results gave...
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Abortion Should Not Be A Crime
Punitive abortion laws - like in South Korea - violate human rights. In recent weeks, the government has threatened to toughen penalties on medical providers who perform abortions illegally. Women's groups and experts are fighting to make the government back down on this threat. Rather than further...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
Case Takes UK Privacy Tribunal to European Court
Human Rights Watch and six individuals lodged a challenge with the European Court of Human Rights, demanding that the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal confirm whether or not they were subject to surveillance by GCHQ. The challenge, filed on November 4, 2016, also seeks to know whether or not any...
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Friday, September 09, 2016
Greece: Migrant Children Held in Deplorable Conditions
Greek police routinely lock up unaccompanied children in small, overcrowded, and unhygienic cells for weeks and months, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 27-page report, “‘Why Are You Keeping Me Here?’: Unaccompanied Children Detained in Greece,” documents arbitrary and...
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Syria/Russia: Incendiary Weapons Burn in Aleppo, Idlib
The joint Syrian -Russian military operation has been using incendiary weapons, which burn their victims and start fires, in civilian areas of Syria in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Incendiary weapons have been used at least 18 times over the past nine weeks,...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
US: Candidates’ Stances on Human Rights
Candidates for the presidency of the United States should detail their positions on protecting human rights in the US and around the globe, Human Rights Watch said today. To that end, Human Rights Watch has submitted a list of 12 questions to US presidential candidates on how their administrations...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Turkey: Media Shut Down, Journalists Detained
The Turkish government’s news media shutdown shows how the State of Emergency law is being used to deny the right to free speech beyond any legitimate aim of upholding public order today. The government ordered 131 newspapers, news agencies, publishers, television, and radio stations to close down...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Turkey: Rights Protections Missing From Emergency Decree
The first emergency decree under Turkey ’s state of emergency is arbitrary, discriminatory, and unjustified as a response to the violent coup attempt or other public order concerns. The July 23, 2016 decree orders the closure of thousands of private educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Greece: Migrant Children in Police Cells
Greek authorities regularly detain asylum-seeking and other migrant children traveling on their own in small, crowded, and unsanitary police station cells, Human Rights Watch said today. They are held there for weeks and months, waiting for space in shelter facilities. Greece should immediately end...
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Friday, July 15, 2016
France: Despicable Attack in Nice
The truck attack on a Bastille Day celebration in Nice on July 14, 2016 is a despicable act of violence that cannot be justified. At least 84 people were killed and many were wounded, including more than 50 children, according to official sources and a local hospital. No group has claimed...
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