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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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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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Cuba Joins Global Ban on Cluster Munitions
Cuba acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on April 6, 2016, following through on a pledge it made in September 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Prior to that pledge, Cuba had been critical both of the convention’s provisions and the unconventional diplomatic process that led to it. “...
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
France: Inadequate Mental Health Care in Prisons
Thousands of men and women with psychosocial disabilities in French prisons are at risk of suicide or harming themselves because of the neglect of their physical and mental health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 69-page report, “ Double Punishment: Inadequate Conditions for...
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Thailand: Rights Groups Condemn Junta's Sweeping Powers Order
Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty...
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Monday, April 04, 2016
Vietnam: 7 Convicted in One Week
The Vietnam government should immediately free prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven bloggers and rights activists and sentenced them to prison. “Vietnam has been on a tear...
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Monday, April 04, 2016
Syria: Promised Aid for Key Areas Blocked
The Syrian government should honor its commitments and cease unlawfully hindering the delivery of food and medical aid throughout Syria . In his March 23, 2016 report to the United Nations Security Council, the UN secretary-general said that the Syrian government has blocked aid to at least six out...
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Monday, March 28, 2016
Colombia: FARC Pact Risks Impunity for ‘False-Positives’
The justice agreement between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) could allow members of the armed forces responsible for the systematic execution of civilians to escape justice, Human Rights Watch said today in a new analysis of the agreement . Between 2002...
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Afghanistan: Investigate Army Killings of Hospital Patients
The Afghan government should promptly and thoroughly investigate reports that on February 17, 2016, Afghan Special Forces raided a medical clinic in Wardak province and executed two patients and an 11-year-old caregiver, Human Rights Watch said today. Deliberate attacks on medical facilities and...
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Monday, February 15, 2016
Iran: Arrest Shows Peril for Dual Nationals
The Iranian authorities’ arrest of a former BBC reporter on February 3, 2016, shows the risk dual nationals face if they choose to live in Iran. The family of Bahman Daroshafahi, who has been working as a translator, has not been able to find out about why he has been arrested, or by whom, or what...
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Friday, February 05, 2016
Guinea: Protect Phone Users’ Privacy
The Guinean government should ensure telecommunications companies are not required to hand over in bulk the personal data of mobile phone users, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to Prime Minister Mamady Youla. The government should enact measures to ensure that any intrusion of phone...
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