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U.S. Prison System BLASTED By Human Rights Group

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 02.05.2013 | Crime

A new report by a prominent human rights group paints an ugly picture of America's prison population and the sentencing guidelines that created it. ...

Pakistan's War Against Human Rights Watch

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Reports issued by H.R.W. and other human rights groups are professional analyses of different countries. It is absolutely irresponsible and unethical to respond to such criticism with personal attacks on individual professionals affiliated with these organizations.

Anti-Whistleblower (AgGag) Laws Threaten Human Health, the Environment and Animals

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The industry's response to years of evidence of egregious, and often criminal, animal cruelty and of diseased and adulterated meat entering the market is to attempt to outlaw undercover investigations.

Joshua Hersh

Training Commandos In Other Countries Hasn't Always Worked Out So Great | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.19.2013 | World

As the U.S. military seeks to embark on a project to train Mexican commandos to fight the drug war there, security and Latin America experts are point...

Human Rights Watch: Malian Army Killing Civilians

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

DAKAR, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch said on Saturday it had received credible reports of serious abuses, including killings, being committe...

Strategically Change Tactics -- Document Rape as a War Crime

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Treating rape as a war crime is not just a human rights concern; its documentation means that Syrian civil society will take on the 'weapon of war' by owning the the process of accountability.

Deadly Delays for Nigerian Children

Jane_Cohen | Posted 02.06.2013 | World

In June, two weeks after I returned from Nigeria, I got a message that another child had died from lead poisoning -- the 11th in the same family.

Syrian Rebels Using Child Fighters: Human Rights Watch

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad have sent children into combat and used boys as young as 14...

A Reformist Strategy to Downsize the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I don't think anyone will argue with me if I say that for the last ten years Congress has done very little about drone policy.

Uruguay: New Abortion Law Breaks Ground for Women's Rights

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

In a historic move this week, Uruguayan President José Mujica has signed into law a bill that waives criminal penalties for abortion in the first 12 ...

Exporting Australia's Asylum Policies

Bill Frelick | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Bill Frelick

The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.

Nations Compete for UN Security Council Seats; Rwanda Provides Drama

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Australia, Argentina, Luxembourg, South Korea... and Rwanda won seats on the UN Security Council for a two-year term. Rwanda provided the drama because its election came after charges it was stoking a rebellion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

World Bank Support for "Development" by Force

Jessica Evans | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Abuses inEthiopia, including arbitrary arrests, beatings and killings, have been occurring not in an armed conflict or political uprising, but as part of a government program billed as improving life for indigenous people and other ethnic minorities in designated rural areas.

Pregnant Rights Worker Receives Threats In Russia

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2012 | World

MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A senior researcher for Human Rights Watch in Russia has received a series of threatening text messages, some implying her...

Human Rights Priorities for the Next U.S. President

David J. Kramer | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
David J. Kramer

The United States should review its relations with all authoritarian regimes to give human rights greater attention. While it may cooperate with them on counter-terrorism and other shared interests, it cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses these regimes commit.

HORROR: 'He Inserted A Rat In Her Vagina'

The Huffington Post | Cosima Ungaro | Posted 09.27.2012 | World

"He inserted a rat in her vagina. She was screaming. Afterwards we saw blood on the floor. He told her: 'Is this good enough for you?' They were mocki...

Justice in Senegal

Reed Brody | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Reed Brody

Twenty-one years after his overthrow and flight to Senegal, the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré may finally face trial for brutality against his own people.

Syria: Getting Worse in Tolerating the Intolerable?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.19.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The longer the carnage continues in Syria, the harder it will be for the families of at least 17,000 dead to seek a negotiated settlement rather than revenge.

'Playing Ball' With Saudi Women

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Months of speculations, anticipation and negotiations came to an end last Thursday, when it was finally announced that Saudi women athletes will be participating at the 2012 Olympics.

Syria: Torture Centers Revealed

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

Human Rights Watch -- Interactive Map and Video Detail Horrific Crimes (New York) – Former detainees and defectors have identified the ...

Syria Accused Of Running Torture Centers

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and ...

New Film 'Words of Witness' Testifies to Egypt's Hopes for Democracy

Govindini Murty | Posted 06.26.2012 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Completed in just the last few weeks, Words of Witness has a remarkable timeliness and immediacy in depicting the contending forces that are challenging Egypt's journey to democracy.

Donors Should Not be "Partners in Crime" with Rights Abusers

Rebecca Schleifer | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Rebecca Schleifer

Scant attention has been paid to the UN and international donors' human rights obligations and ethical responsibilities with respect to drug control efforts they support, or indeed to safeguards to prevent them from effectively facilitating human rights abuses with their support.

Report: Syrian Troops Use Sexual Violence As Torture Weapons

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2012 | World

BEIRUT, June 15 (Reuters) - Government forces have used rape and other sexual violence against men, women and children during the Syrian uprising, H...

When Ignoring Is Not an Option: The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

The upcoming HRW Film Festival presents a refreshingly unbiased and balanced view of the world, where human rights violations occur in hot zones like Cambodia, China and Uganda but also right here in the USA. .