Latest Human Rights Watch News

Tanzania is pressing Burundi refugees to leave, says report

Dec. 12, 2019 4:56 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says tens of thousands of Burundian refugees face mounting pressure to involuntarily leave Tanzania amid efforts by authorities there to reduce the number of Burundians in the country. The rights group in a statement Thursday charged that the fear of violence,...

Aid groups: City of Hodeida top dangerous place in Yemen war

Dec. 12, 2019 4:10 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several international aid groups warned on Thursday that the flashpoint Yemeni city at the heart of last year's peace agreement signed in Sweden remains the most dangerous place in the war-torn, impoverished Arab country. Fifteen aid agencies -- including the Norwegian Refugee...

US sanctions individuals suspected of human rights abuses

Dec. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on more than a dozen individuals suspected of human rights violations in six countries and banned two others from entering the United States, including a former Saudi official in Turkey for his alleged role in the murder of...

Report: Burundi's youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

Dec. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonerakure youth militia, which the United Nations has blamed for killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape,...

Rights group: Venezuela migrant kids left at risk in Brazil

Dec. 5, 2019 11:48 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of Venezuelan children are fleeing into Brazil alone and at risk of becoming homeless, abused or recruited by gangs, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The human rights group cited government figures indicating that over 500 children have crossed into the Brazilian state...

Hong Kong leader says new US law, violence will harm economy

Dec. 3, 2019 3:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that clashes between protesters and police last weekend have dampened her hopes that a recent lull in violence would allow the territory’s economy to recover. The government will soon launch a fourth round of measures to support business,...

Rights researcher deported by Israel vows to continue work

Nov. 24, 2019 12:05 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A human rights researcher who is being deported from Israel over his alleged boycott advocacy said Sunday he will remain in his position and continue doing the “important, urgent work” of documenting violations in Israel and the Palestinian territories from abroad. Omar...

Group: Egypt targets relatives of dissidents living abroad

Nov. 19, 2019 4:31 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested, raided houses and imposed travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism. Human Rights Watch says Tuesday it has since 2016 documented 28 cases which include...

Group: Sudan crackdown may amount to crime against humanity

Nov. 18, 2019 6:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The deadly crackdown by Sudanese security forces against pro-democracy demonstrators last June may have amounted to a crime against humanity, a leading human rights group said Monday. In a 59-page report, Human Rights Watch urged Sudan’s new transitional government to carry out...

Vietnam court convicts music teacher of anti-state actions

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a music teacher on Friday to 11 years in jail for “anti-state” Facebook posts, state media reported. The official Nghe An newspaper said Nguyen Nang Tinh was found guilty of publishing photos, videos and comments on his personal Facebook page...