Human Rights Watch

Report: Secret detentions used to extract confessions in China

The Chinese government still uses a secretive detention system called "shuanggui" to extract confessions from Communist Party members suspected of corruption, according to a Human Rights Watch...

Rights group: Mass grave near Mosul contains 300 beheaded policemen

A mass grave discovered near Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces 10 days ago most likely contains the bodies of at least 300 beheaded former local police officers executed by Islamic State, Human...

HRW: Iraq Kurds demolish homes in areas retaken from Islamic State

Iraq’s Kurdish forces have unlawfully destroyed large numbers of Arab homes in areas once ruled by the Islamic State extremist militia, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday.

Human Rights Watch, UN condemn exile of Cambodian opposition leader

Human Rights Watch condemned the exile of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday, joining other rights organizations that have criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen’s demand to bar him...

HRW: Turkish government tolerating torture under state of emergency

Turkey is turning a blind eye to torture practices under the country's current state of emergency, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Tuesday.

Rights group: Pakistan police involved in extrajudicial executions

Police in Pakistan are involved in extrajudicial executions through fake encounters, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, which recommends punitive action for officers engaged in such...

Watchdog: Egypt needs stricter measures against genital mutilation

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Egyptian authorities to stipulate further legal reforms against female genital mutilation (FGM) and ensure that the laws criminalizing the practice...

Watchdog praises Jordan for steps taken to educate Syrian children

Human Rights Watch (HRW) praised in a statement Monday Jordan's education minister for instructing public schools to allow Syrian refugee children to register in the autumn term.

Afghan forces use schools as shelter, says watchdog

Afghan security forces have been using schools as shelter in the country's north-eastern Baghlan province, endangering children and their education, Human Rights Watch [HRW] charged in a report...

Watchdog accuses Syria and Russian allies of using incendiary weapons

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Syrian regime forces and their Russian allies of using incendiary weapons, which burn their victims and start fires, in rebel-held civilian areas in north and...

Human Rights Watch: Gay rights under attack in Indonesia

Sexual minorities are under attack in Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo's silence has raised questions about his stated commitment to diversity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Thousands of children are detained in conflict zones, report finds

Thousands of children have been detained and held without charges for months and even years in conflict zones where governments often treat children as national security threats, according to a...

Syria, Russia make extensive use of cluster munitions, HRW says

Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have extensively used widely banned cluster munitions in their attacks on opposition-held areas, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

Rights group accuses Yemen rebels of blocking aid to embattled city

Yemen's Houthi rebels are blocking relief supplies to the embattled city of Taiz, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday.

HRW: Croatia approved only 32 asylum applications 2015

By the end of November last year, more than 400,000 migrants entered Croatia and quickly continued on their way to Hungary and Slovenia and in 2015, the government approved 32 applications for...