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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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thailand: UN Review Highlights Junta’s Hypocrisy
The Thai government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to respect human rights and restore democratic rule have been mostly meaningless, Human Rights Watch said today. Thailand appeared before the council for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 11, 2016...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Pakistan: Crackdown on Farmers’ Protest
In April, Pakistani authorities used draconian laws and excessive force to prevent tenant farmers in Punjab province from protesting for land rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Farmers in Okara district had planned to convene on April 17 , 2016, the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
China: New Law Escalates Repression of Groups
A newly adopted law in China gives police unprecedented power to restrict the work of foreign groups in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The law will also limit domestic groups’ ability to obtain foreign funding and work with foreign organizations. The National People’s Congress passed...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Austria: Drastic, Unjustified Measures against Asylum Seekers
The law approved today by the National Council of the Austrian parliament is a blow to the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, which is expected to pass quickly and unchallenged in the parliament’s upper chamber, allows the federal government to declare a state of...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Bangladesh: Investigate LGBT Murders
The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately investigate the killings of two lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. Police found Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mahbub hacked to death in a Dhaka apartment on the evening of April 25, 2016. The...
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Monday, April 25, 2016
US: 20 Years of Immigrant Abuses
The United States Congress should repeal provisions in two 1996 immigration laws that have subjected hundreds of thousands of people to arbitrary detention, fast-track deportations, and family separation, Human Rights Watch said today. A proposed resolution to be introduced on April 26, 2016, by...
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Friday, April 22, 2016
Iraqi Kurdistan: Christian Demonstration Blocked
Kurdish security forces on April 13, 2016, blocked roads to prevent Christian Iraqi families from reaching the regional capital, Erbil, to hold a protest. The Christians had planned to demonstrate against what they say is encroachment on their land by Kurds. Eight Christian Iraqis told Human Rights...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Afghanistan: Put Words Into Action on Justice
The Afghan government should deliver on promises to cooperate with the International Criminal Court ’s ongoing analysis of the grave crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch and the Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) said today in a letter to President Ashraf Ghani. Since...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Israel: Quarry Shutdown Harms Palestinians
Israeli military authorities closed down about 35 Palestinian quarries in the West Bank in late March 2016 and confiscated millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. The crackdown, which has paralyzed the quarries, puts the livelihoods of up to 3,500 workers at risk and highlights the discriminatory...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Turkey: Open Border to Displaced Syrians Shelled by Government
Syrian military attacks on armed opposition groups near the Turkish border hit two displaced persons camps on April 13 and 15, 2016, causing at least 3,000 people to flee, although they were unable to cross the border to safety, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviewed camp...
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