Human Rights Watch

  • president Nov 7, 2019

    Colombian Defense Chief Quits Amid Firestorm Over Minors Killed in Military Operation

    Colombia’s defense minister resigned Wednesday after coming under fire for failing to disclose the deaths of several minors in a military operation against dissidents belonging to the nation’s once largest guerrilla. Guillermo Botero submitted a resignation letter to President Iván Duque, touting his achievements in reducing crime while stating that the current “political circumstances” had compelled him to step...

  • Donald Trump Oct 31, 2019

    Report Says CIA-Trained Afghan Forces Behind War Atrocities

    Heavily armed men burst into the home in the middle of night, hustling four brothers into separate rooms, their hands bound. Afghan special forces then shot them in the head and heart. The operation, the CIA-trained Afghan unit said, targeted Islamic State militants in a remote region of eastern Nangarhar Province. In reality, the raid took place in the province’s...

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2019

    Pence Takes Swipe at NBA, Nike in Critical Speech on China

    Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China’s record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willing to ignore censorship and repression in pursuit of profits. Pence singled out the shoe company for removing Houston Rockets merchandise from stores in China after the team’s...

  • NBC Sep 22, 2019

    As Amazon Fires Burn on, Conservationists Blame Illegal Logging and Criminal Networks

    As the Amazon continues to burn in a record fire season, experts say the problem is rooted in illegal logging and criminal networks exploiting the forests for its natural resources and agricultural potential, NBC News reports. “The government doesn’t have any governance over what is going on,” Ane Alencar, science director for the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), told NBC...

  • Middle East Sep 21, 2019

    Rare Protests in Egypt Call for President el-Sissi to Step Down

    Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands. El-Sissi came to power with the military’s ouster of an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, amid mass protests against his one-year-rule. In the capital, Cairo, dozens of...

  • Donald Trump Sep 20, 2019

    US, El Salvador Sign Asylum Deal, Details to Be Worked Out

    The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world’s most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before it would go into effect, according to a draft copy of the agreement...

  • Canada Aug 2, 2019

    Saudi Changes Allow Women to Travel Without Male Consent

    Saudi Arabia published new laws early Friday that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women. The changes are a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights in the kingdom. The legal system has long been criticized because it treated women as...

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2019

    US Terminates Funds for Anti-Iran Twitter Feed

    The State Department said Wednesday it has terminated support for an online project aimed at fighting Iranian disinformation after it tweeted harsh criticism of individual human rights workers, academics and journalists, some of whom are U.S. citizens. Lea Gabrielle, the head of the department’s Global Engagement Center, said at a congressional hearing that funding for an outside contractor that ran...

  • United States Jul 5, 2019

    37 Cambodians Deported in US Move Decried as 2nd Punishment

    Thirty-seven people who migrated to the United States decades ago have been forcibly deported to Cambodia after committing felonies. The deportees, who arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday, were the latest returned to Cambodia under a 2002 agreement. Cambodia has had rocky relations with the U.S. and informally suspended the program in 2017, but it resumed last year....

  • food Jul 5, 2019

    UN: 5,287 Killings in Venezuela Security Operations in 2018

    Venezuela’s government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of “resistance to authority,” the U.N. human rights chief reported Thursday, denouncing a “shockingly high” number of extrajudicial killings. Michelle Bachelet’s report focusing on the last 18 months follows her trip to the troubled South American country last month and draws upon over 550 interviews conducted...

  • Mexico Jun 25, 2019

    Acting CBP Commissioner Sanders Steps Down as Outrage Grows Over Treatment of Migrant Children

    The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency’s stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John Sanders’ departure deepened the sense of crisis and added to the rapid turnover inside the agencies responsible for enforcing President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration...

  • Mexico Jun 25, 2019

    Acting CBP Commissioner Sanders Steps Down as Outrage Grows Over Treatment of Migrant Children

    The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency’s stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John Sanders’ departure deepened the sense of crisis and added to the rapid turnover inside the agencies responsible for enforcing President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration...

  • Mexico Jun 16, 2019

    Record Number of African Migrants Coming to Mexican Border

    Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants. Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after...

  • Associated Press May 13, 2019

    Iraq Hunts Islamic State Remnants Spreading Fear in Former ‘Caliphate’

    It was a chilly January evening, and Khadija Abd and her family had just finished supper at their farm when the two men with guns burst into the room. One wore civilian clothes, the other an army uniform. They said they were from the Iraqi army’s 20th Division, which controls the northern Iraqi town of Badoush. In fact, they were...

  • head Apr 23, 2019

    Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President’s Rule

    Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass protests against his rule in 2013 and has since presided...

  • Middle East Apr 20, 2019

    Egyptian Voters Urged to Allow el-Sissi Rule Until 2030

    Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a “yes” vote Sunday on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national referendum. Critics have blasted the constitutional changes as a major step in the return to authoritarian rule, eight...

  • China Apr 17, 2019

    First Red Cross Aid Distributed in Crisis-Torn Venezuela

    Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to force President Nicolás Maduro from power. In the working class neighborhood of Catia near downtown...

  • Donald Trump Apr 10, 2019

    Pence Says US Wants Maduro Out And ‘All Options’ On Table

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but “all options are on the table” — and Russia and others need to step aside. Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada said his country is threatened with war by the...

  • Europe Apr 3, 2019

    Celebrities Lead Outrage at Brunei’s ‘Barbaric’ Laws Allowing Death by Stoning for Gay Sex, Adultery

    New Islamic criminal laws that took effect Wednesday in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation’s shores. The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah instituted the code in 2014...

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2019

    Syrian Group Wants International Tribunal for IS Detainees

    The U.S-backed Syrian fighters who drove the Islamic State from its last strongholds called Monday for an international tribunal to prosecute hundreds of foreigners rounded up in the nearly five-year campaign against the extremist group. The administration affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said such a tribunal is needed “for justice to take its course,” particularly after countries have...

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