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, January 27, 2016
World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights
The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015. In the 659-page World Report 2016 , its 26th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay , Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that the...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Courts Rubber Stamp Corporate Suits Against Poor
Courts across the United States have allowed multibillion-dollar corporations to secure judgments against alleged debtors en masse without providing meaningful evidence to support their claims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Some legislatures and courts have also erected...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
US/ASEAN: Make Rights Central to Summit
United States President Barack Obama should ensure that human rights are a central focus in the upcoming summit of Southeast Asian leaders in the US, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Obama . Obama is scheduled to host the leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations...
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Monday, December 21, 2015
Afghanistan: US Should Conduct Criminal Inquiry in MSF Attack
The US government’s investigation into the October 3, 2015 airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan should be treated as a criminal matter, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The attack,...
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
UN Report: Protect Public Disclosures of Wrongdoing
Governments and international institutions should do more to protect whistleblowers and confidential sources by adopting the recommendations in a new United Nations expert report , Human Rights Watch said today. David Kaye, the UN’s specialist on freedom of expression and access to information,...
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
US: Adopt New Criminal Justice Bill
A major criminal justice reform bill introduced in the US Congress on June 25, 2015, could improve the fairness of federal prison sentencing and better protect the rights of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, is sponsored...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Colombia: Top Brass Linked to Extrajudicial Executions
Extensive previously unpublished evidence implicates many Colombian army generals and colonels in widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 95-page report, “ On Their Watch: Evidence of Senior Army...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
US: Joint Appeal to Investigate Torture
Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International called on United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a June 23, 2015 letter to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate torture and other violations of US law in connection with the Central Intelligence Agency...
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Monday, June 22, 2015
World Bank Group: Project Critics Threatened, Harassed, Jailed
The World Bank Group has done little to prevent or dissuade governments from intimidating critics of the projects it funds, or monitor for reprisals, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 144-page report, “ At Your Own Risk: Reprisals against Critics of World Bank Group Projects...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
US: Drug Deportations Tearing Families Apart
Thousands of families in the United States have been torn apart in recent years by detention and deportation for drug offenses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Disproportionately harsh laws and policies relating to drug offenses can lead to deportation for lawful permanent...
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