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, April 08, 2015
US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance
Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA disclosed the existence of its mass surveillance program in January 2015, after a federal judge...
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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
ICC: Palestine is Newest Member
Palestine’s decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the face of strong opposition – including from the United States, Israel, and Canada – deserves international support. The ICC treaty officially went into effect for Palestine on April 1, 2015, giving the court a mandate dating...
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Cambodia: Labor Laws Fail to Protect Garment Workers
The Cambodian government is failing to protect garment workers who are producing for international apparel brands from serious labor rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. The predominantly women workers often experience forced overtime, pregnancy-based discrimination, and anti-...
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Friday, February 20, 2015
Central African Republic: Create Court to Combat Impunity
The Central African Republic’s transitional parliament should adopt a draft law establishing a Special Criminal Court, 19 Central African and International groups said today. Such a court would speed up justice for victims of atrocities in the country. The country’s National Transition Council is...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Israel: Dangerous Ruling in Rachel Corrie Case
The Israeli Supreme Court ruling in a suit seeking damages over Rachel Corrie’s death sends a dangerous message to Israeli armed forces that they can escape accountability for wrongful actions, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel ’s Supreme Court on February 12, 2015, exempted the Israeli defense...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report. In the 656-page World Report 2015 , its 25th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries...
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Friday, January 23, 2015
Saudi Arabia: King’s Reform Agenda Unfulfilled
King Abdullah’s reign brought about marginal advances for women but failed to secure the fundamental rights of Saudi citizens to free expression, association, and assembly. Abdullah’s successor, King Salman, should halt persecution of peaceful dissidents and religious minorities, end pervasive...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women
Lebanon ’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering...
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Monday, January 12, 2015
US Tribal Council Mismanagement: Millions of Dollars Missing; Services Undercut
Millions of dollars in public funds are missing in the impoverished Lower Brule Sioux reservation, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Lower Brule Tribal Government should account for the missing public funds and abide by its own rules on openness. The 111-page report, “ Secret...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Central African Republic: Multimedia Feature Recounts 2014 Violence
On the second anniversary of a rebellion that plunged the Central African Republic into bloody upheaval, Human Rights Watch today released a multimedia feature on several research missions undertaken in the Central African Republic in 2014. With video and text on “The Fighters,” “Life in the Bush...
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