Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch: Croatian police forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia

Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

HRW: Duterte's drug war, Suu Kyi's Rohingya failure mark dismal 2016

An unprecedented level of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war and Mynamar's failure to address a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims highlight the grim state of human rights in Asia in 2016, a Human Rights Watch report said Friday.

Human Rights Watch believes Trump, European populism threat to human rights

Donald Trump's election as the new president of the United States and growing populist parties in Europe are a "profound threat" to human rights, the Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2017, released on Thursday.

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 report released Tuesday.

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 Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Thursday.

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 from entering the country. 

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 practices.

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 are strictly enforced.

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 published on Wednesday. 

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 north-western Syria.

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 report by Human Rights Watch released Thursday.

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 asylum, an annual report by Human Rights Watch about human rights in the world in 2015 shows.

250,000 Syrians under siege by Islamic State, watchdog warns

At least some 250,000 people in an eastern Syrian city are under siege by Islamic State forces preventing the delivery of food and medical supplies, a monitoring group said Wednesday. 

Rights group accuses Uganda of media intimidation ahead of elections

Ugandan journalists and rights activists are facing increased intimidation from the authorities in the run-up to the February 18 presidential and parliamentary elections, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Two-month Ethiopian crackdown has left 140 dead, rights group says

The protesters fear that the municipal expansion will displace ethnic Oromo farmers from their land, the rights group said, describing the crackdown as possibly the biggest crisis to hit Ethiopia since election violence in 2005.