MOSCOW (AP) — More gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an international human rights group.
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent international rights group says Yemen's Houthi rebels had stored explosives in a warehouse in a residential area in the capital that caught fire last month, killing at...
Rights group alarmed by ouster of Bolivian judges
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A prominent human rights group said Monday that Bolivia has undermined judicial independence by arbitrarily dismissing nearly 100 judges since 2017 and it asked the...
Rights group denounces ‘unfree and unfair’ Egyptian vote
CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense...
Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian...
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Tuesday upheld a deportation order against Human Rights Watch's local director and gave him two weeks to leave the country.
BRUSSELS (AP) — In a decision decried as "deeply flawed" and a "devastating blow for victims," International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to open an...
Report: Full-scale UN response needed in Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) — The humanitarian emergency caused by the collapse of the Venezuelan health system requires a full-scale response by the United Nations, two organizations said...
Report: Full-scale UN response needed in Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two organizations are asking the United Nations to provide a full-scale response to what they call an unprecedented humanitarian emergency caused by the collapse of the...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has expressed concern about the disappearance of five Egyptians who were recently deported back to the country, saying they are at serious risk of...
BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging Lebanon to abolish a law criminalizing homosexuality after the top military prosecutor declined to prosecute a "sodomy" case.
BEIJING (AP) — A rights group has urged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to raise concerns about reported Chinese government abuses of Muslims during her upcoming visit to Beijing that...
Group calls for al-Bashir’s arrest ahead of Arab summit
CAIRO (AP) — A rights group has urged Tunisia to either "bar or arrest" Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he tries to attend an Arab League summit this weekend.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of an ethnic Dogon militia blamed for a massacre in central Mali denied Monday that his fighters had been involved in the gruesome attack that left 154 dead in an...
Rights group faults treatment of Lebanese held in UAE
BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch says eight Lebanese men charged with links to the Hezbollah militant group are being poorly treated and held in undisclosed locations in the United Arab...
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to...
TOKYO (AP) — Human Rights Watch urged Japan on Wednesday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized before their gender is changed on official documents.
South Africa’s president endorses Zimbabwe leader
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — South Africa's president endorsed Zimbabwe's government Tuesday, ignoring reports of human right abuses by the military to crush persistent dissent in the neighboring...
BEIRUT (AP) — Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce...
Report slams Colombia for promoting officer tied to slayings
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Human Rights Watch is denouncing Colombia's government for appointing at least nine officers to key army positions despite credible evidence implicating them in serious...
Rights group urges Libyan forces to lift siege on civilians
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has urged Libyan strongman's self-styled army to lift its siege inside an eastern Mediterranean city where civilians have been trapped.
Brazil human rights group calls for inquiry into shooting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A human rights group in Brazil is calling for an independent inquiry into the possible use of sharpshooters by police in a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood.
Human Rights Watch Brazil said Monday that witnesses had seen shots fired from a police tower that killed two men and wounded a third. The group said the men were shot not far from the city's main police complex.
Group urges UN to probe Sudan’s use of force in protests
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group is urging the United Nations to investigate alleged violations by Sudan's security forces against anti-government protesters.
Sudan has been gripped by nationwide anti-government protests since Dec. 19. The demonstrations were triggered by rising prices and shortages but quickly turned to calls for autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down.
Rights group: Egypt executes 3 Islamists tortured to confess
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Friday said Egypt executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement the families of the men were notified of their hanging on Thursday and asked to come to the morgue to pick up the bodies.
Ex-Costa Rican president accused of assaults
Rights groups urge UN to press China over Uighur detentions
GENEVA (AP) — Some leading advocacy groups are calling on the United Nations to take action to help prod the Chinese government to end the "mass detentions" of Muslim Uighurs in western China.
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other groups have appealed to the Human Rights Council — the top U.N. human rights body — to launch an "international fact-finding mission" in the western Xinjiang region where such detentions have occurred.
Angola decriminalizes same-sex conduct, rights group says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the southern African nation of Angola has decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The rights group says the changes came on Wednesday when Angola's parliament adopted the new first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975.
The Latest: Zimbabwe troops assaulting people in capital
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's deadly unrest (all times local):
Witnesses say Zimbabwean soldiers are still roaming the streets of the capital and assaulting people, even after the president denounced violence by security forces as "unacceptable."
Soldiers in two army trucks appeared to be targeting street vendors as they cruised Harare's streets at nightfall.
Rights group criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The New York-based rights group says in a report Monday that unquestioning foreign support for Libya's coast guard leads to migrants being held in "arbitrary, abusive detention."
NGO blasts Bolsonaro’s plans for already overcrowded prisons
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his proposals on prisons and security.
Brazil's prison population is estimated at 841,000 — double its listed capacity. Bolsonaro has proposed "piling on" yet more prisoners as a solution to budget constraints in the penitentiary system.
Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows
BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
In its annual assessment of rights around the world, the advocacy group said rising opposition to authoritarian governments has been the most important development in the past year.
Ghosn’s wife slams Japan detention as ‘draconian’ in letter
TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband's long detention and Japan's criminal justice system as unfair and harsh.
"My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system," Carole Ghosn wrote in a nine-page letter Monday to the Tokyo branch of the organization.
Report: Military officers, relatives tortured in Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement forces in Venezuela have detained and tortured military personnel accused of plotting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to two prominent human rights organizations.
Human Rights Watch and the Venezuelan non-governmental group Foro Penal said in a joint report released Wednesday that authorities in the South American country have also detained and tortured family members of some suspects in an effort to locate them.
Saudi woman runaway held in Thailand while fleeing family
BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman used social media to draw attention to her plight trying to flee her family, claiming that authorities in Thailand confiscated her passport and were holding her Sunday at an airport hotel room in Bangkok.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, began posting on Twitter late Saturday after Thai authorities stopped her in transit from Kuwait. She claims to have a visa for Australia, where she appears to have been planning to seek asylum.
The Latest: Greece accused of violently forcing out migrants
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):
An international rights watchdog has accused Greek authorities of violently forcing back migrants who tried to illegally enter Greece from neighboring Turkey.
A Human Rights Watch statement has urged Greece to immediately investigate the allegations, which the group said it received in interviews with 26 migrants in Greece and Turkey.
Report: Dissident rebels fuel violence in Colombia port city
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dissidents from Colombia's once largest rebel movement who were unable take advantage of a peace accord or grew disenchanted with the state's weak implementation are fueling violence in parts of the South American nation still waiting to see the benefits of peace, a rights group warned Thursday.
IOC human rights advisory committee to start with 2024 Games
TOKYO (AP) — The IOC has set up an advisory committee on human rights chaired by Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the former U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
President Thomas Bach said Saturday at meetings in the Japanese capital that "human rights standards" will be included in Olympic host-city contracts, beginning with the 2024 Games in Paris.
Argentina judge acts on complaint against Saudi prince
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine legal authorities took initial action Wednesday to consider a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity.
The rights group's move is apparently aimed at embarrassing the crown prince as he attends the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires this week.
Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United States and others are urging Ugandan authorities to fully investigate a military attack on a tribal king's palace two years ago that killed over 100 civilians and was widely condemned.
At least 15 children were among the victims of the November 2016 assault targeting a kingdom known as Rwenzururu, whose leader for years has been politically opposed to Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni, according to Human Rights Watch.
Migrants forced off ship after refusing to return to Libya
CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities forcibly removed dozens of migrants who had barricaded themselves in a container ship in the port city of Misrata for the past 10 days after being picked up at sea.
The migrants had refused to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. They were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe earlier this month when they were rescued at sea by a cargo ship, Nivin, that was already bound for Misrata.
Rights group says Egypt arrests 40 lawyers, activists
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egypt has rounded up at least 40 lawyers and activists since last month, the latest arrests in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent.
Human Rights Watch said Sunday that many of those arrested were people who provided humanitarian and legal support to families of political detainees, and that some have been disappeared.
Rights group: Activist seized in Cairo resurfaces in Sudan
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says a Sudanese opposition activist who had been living in Egypt was abducted and returned to Sudan in an operation coordinated by the security services of both countries.
Human Rights Watch says Sudanese authorities have confirmed they are holding activist Mohamed Boshi, who was taken in Cairo in October and held incommunicado before being charged last week with espionage and crimes against the state.
Group says millions of Pakistani girls deprived of education
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Millions of girls in Pakistan are still out of school, mostly because the government spends less money on education, a leading international rights group said Tuesday — a dire warning that follows Prime Minister Imran Khan's promises to offer education to all children.
Rights group warns US against swift normalization with Sudan
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is cautioning the United States against lifting its designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The New York-based watchdog says Khartoum continues to violate basic human rights, with security forces regularly attacking civilians and opening fire on peaceful protesters.
North Korea women suffer serious sexual abuse but no ‘MeToo’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean refugees say sexual violence against women in their former homeland is part of daily life. But a new report suggests there's little chance that abused women in the North will get to say "MeToo" anytime soon.
The Latest: US praises Saudi decision on slain writer’s son
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):
A State Department spokesman says the U.S. welcomes a decision by Saudi Arabia to let the son of slain writer Jamal Khashoggi leave the country and come to the United States.
Spokesman Robert Palladino tells reporters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the son, Salah Khashoggi, during his recent visit to the kingdom.
Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political opponents, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.
Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent detention of hundreds of youth in the capital, Addis Ababa, after they rallied to condemn killings of ethnic minorities on the city's outskirts.