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Australia: Enact New Law to Sanction Rights Abusers

 In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses media at Parliament House in Canberra. © 2019 AP Photos/Rod McGuirk, File (Sydney) – The Australian government should introduce a new law to allow targeted sanctions against serious human rights violator...

Sri Lanka: Families of ‘Disappeared’ Threatened

A woman holds a picture of a missing relative at a protest calling for investigations into enforced disappearances, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 14%2C 2020. © 2020 AP Photo (New York) – Sri Lankan security forces and intelligence agencies have intensified surveillance and threats against families ...

Russia: Raids on Rights Defenders in Dagestan

© 2015 John Emerson/Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Police in southern Russia on February 13, 2020 raided the homes and office of activists who provide legal and psychological assistance to survivors of domestic violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The raids took place in Makhachkala an...

Qatar: Wage Protection System Falls Short

(New York) – Qatari authorities failed to address an employer’s months of delayed wages to employees despite a 2015 system built to ensure employers paid their employees on time and in full, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s Wage Protection System (WPS), designed to ensure ...

Bangladesh: New Arrests Stifle Free Speech

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina interacts with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Anupam Nath (New York) – Authorities should drop charges and immediately release from custody leading Bangladesh publisher Nur Mohammad and Sufi singer Sha...

A New Idea for the Old Problem of Corruption

© ArchOneZ/VectorStock This week, United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Congressman Jim McGovern introduced a resolution to the US House of Representatives to challenge corruption at the highest levels around the world: an International Anti-Corruption Court. This novel idea, first ...

Rwanda: UN Body Targets Abuse of Street Children

(Nairobi) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for Rwanda to take “urgent measures” to end abuse of street children should be carried out immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. In observations released on February 13, 2020, the Geneva-based treaty body call...

Christians Abducted, Attacked in Bangladesh Refugee Camp

Rohingya refugees walk inside Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 8, 2018. © 2018 Reuters Taher, a Rohingya Christian pastor, and his 14-year-old daughter were abducted from their shelter in a refugee camp in Bangladesh on the morning of January 27. The previous n...

Israel: New Database Will Aid Corporate Accountability

A general view shows the opening of the 16th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, on February 28, 2011. © 2011 Reuters (Geneva, February 13, 2020) – The release of the database of businesses contributing to illegal Israeli settlement...

Cambodia: EU Partially Suspends Trade Preferences

Women in the sewing division of a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © 2014 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch (Bangkok) – The European Commission on February 12, 2020, announced the partial suspension of Cambodia’s preferential trade preferences with the European Union after the government faile...

Libya: Banned Cluster Munitions Used in Tripoli

GNA checkpoint guard stands behind an expended cargo section of an RBK-250 PTAB-2.5M cluster bomb impacted into Alasfah Road near Tripoli International Airport following an attack on or around December 2, 2019, Tripoli outskirts, Libya, December 18, 2019.  %C2 2019 Human Rights Watch (Beirut) ...

Afghanistan: Sexual Assaults Go Unpunished

Afghanistan women’s football team. (New York) – Two recent cases in Afghanistan highlight the failure of authorities to prosecute sexual assault implicating powerful people, Human Rights Watch said today. The Afghan government should take immediate steps to provide justice, support victims, and pr...
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