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.
Key groups urge Turkey to seek UN probe of missing Khashoggi
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leading human rights and journalists' organizations urged Turkey on Thursday to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Alarm as Red Cross workers attacked in Congo Ebola efforts
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The international community is sounding new alarm after three Red Cross workers were attacked while trying to contain the latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo.
The U.N. Security Council seeks an immediate end to hostilities as it leaves for a Congo visit Thursday. Human Rights Watch urges an investigation into massacres that have killed well over 200 civilians this year in and around Beni, where health workers' Ebola efforts are based.
Rights group: Lebanon law discriminates against mothers
BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent rights group Wednesday called on Lebanese authorities to amend a nearly 100-year-old law that discriminates against Lebanese women married to foreigners, denying their children citizenship.
Human Rights Watch's deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih said the 1925 law has "caused untold hardship" for thousands of families, such as denying kids and spouses national health insurance, limiting access to jobs and requiring them to apply for residency every 12 to 36 months.
Rights group says Egypt ‘forcibly disappeared’ lawyer
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Wednesday urged Egypt to reveal the whereabouts of a well-known human rights lawyer who went missing after being detained.
An Egyptian court ordered the release of Ezzat Ghoneim and another lawyer, Azzoz Mahgoub, on Sept. 4, pending investigations, but the two have not been seen or heard from since Sept. 13.
Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rights activists said Friday that the Philippine president acknowledged in a speech that he permitted extrajudicial killings in his brutal drug war, but his aides argued it was a misunderstanding and stressed his repeated past denials.
Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte's "admission should erase any doubt about the culpability of the president" and prod the International Criminal Court to hasten a review of a complaint against him for mass murder.
Indonesia blasphemy woman endures cramped cell, bad food
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A rights group says the Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given "terrible" food.
Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono said the ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, was emotional but tough when he and other supporters visited her in prison in Medan this week.
Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture
CAIRO (AP) — An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it documented 16 cases in which Houthi authorities held people unlawfully, largely to extort money from relatives or to exchange them for prisoners held by opposing forces.
The Latest: Morrison says Australia will support filmmaker
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on an Australian filmmaker's trial in Cambodia on a national security charge (all times local):
Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government will be supportive of a filmmaker convicted of spying in Cambodia.
James Ricketson was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and has been detained without bail since his arrest last year after flying a drone over a political rally.
HRW: At least 16 children among kidnapped by IS in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 16 children are among nearly 30 civilians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in southern Syria a month ago and are being used as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations with the Syrian government and its ally Russia, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.
Group: Saudi-led coalition probes in Yemen lack credibility
CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen failed to redress civilian victims and conduct credible investigations into alleged war crimes committed there, an international rights group said on Friday.
Rights groups warn Saudi female activist may face beheading
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rights groups are warning that a female Shiite activist detained in Saudi Arabia since December 2015 may be beheaded along with other activists.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups have said that Israa al-Ghomgham and at least four other activists face execution for participating in 2011 Arab Spring protests in eastern Saudi Arabia's Shiite heartland.
Rights group urges Libya not to carry out executions
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A human rights group is urging Libyan authorities to maintain a de facto moratorium on executions after 45 people were sentenced to death last week over violence during the 2011 uprising.
Eric Goldstein of Human Rights Watch says Wednesday that "a judiciary that is in shambles has no business sentencing defendants to death by the dozen."
Group urges international probe of 2013 crackdown in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has called for an international inquiry into a violent dispersal of an Islamist sit-in in Cairo in August 2013.
That summer, security forces descended on supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, killing some 600 people.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, while a joint statement by the United States, European Union and others condemned the "eruption of violence."