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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Monday, April 18, 2016
India: High Cost for Reporting in Chhattisgarh
The Indian government should investigate allegations that journalists are being prosecuted for their reporting of the conflict in central Chhattisgarh state, Human Rights Watch said today. In late March 2016, the Editors Guild of India reported that the media in Chhattisgarh state was “working...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Turkey: Open Borders to Syrians Fleeing ISIS
Turkey should stop shooting at Syrian civilians fleeing fighting and immediately allow them to cross the Turkish border to seek protection, Human Rights Watch said today. Renewed fighting between the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and armed opposition groups in Northern Aleppo has displaced at...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Egypt: 7,400 Civilians Tried In Military Courts
Military courts have tried at least 7,420 Egyptian civilians since October 2014, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decreed a major new law that expanded military court jurisdiction. A list of civilians tried in military courts, provided by the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, an...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
North Korea: Kim Il-Sung’s Catastrophic Rights Legacy
As North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder and perpetual president, Kim Il-Sung, on April 15, the world should urgently demand an end to the systematic and pervasive human rights abuses taking place today in North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. Kim Il-...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Syria: Indiscriminate Attacks Ongoing Despite “Cessation of Hostilities”
Civilians are dying in Syria in new indiscriminate attacks despite the “cessation of hostilities” that began on February 26, 2016. One of the deadliest was the government airstrike on the town of Deir al-Assafir on March 31, killing at least 31 civilians, including nine women and 12 children, local...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Palestine: Israeli Police Abusing Detained Children
Israeli security forces are abusing Palestinian children detained in the West Bank. The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces has more than doubled since October 2015. Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Killer Robots: The Case for Human Control
Countries should retain meaningful human control over weapons systems and ban fully autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots,” Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic said in a report issued today. The concept of meaningful human control will be a...
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Friday, April 08, 2016
Morocco: Victims of Attack Jailed for "Homosexual Acts"
A Moroccan court has convicted one man and is trying a second for homosexual acts, after a group of youths attacked and brutalized them on the night of March 9, 2016. The youths broke into the home of one of the men in the city of Beni Mellal, beat them, and dragged them naked onto the streets. The...
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Friday, April 08, 2016
EU: Asylum Proposals Go in Wrong Direction
The European Commission proposals on European Union asylum policy overwhelmingly reflect the negative political climate in Europe and the trend toward curtailing refugee rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission’s communication, released April 6, 2016, proposes some important and...
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Thursday, April 07, 2016
Iraq: Fallujah Siege Starving Population
Residents of the besieged city of Fallujah are starving. Iraqi government forces should urgently allow aid to enter the city, and the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which captured the city in early 2014, should allow civilians to leave. “The people of Fallujah are besieged by...
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