By Ida Sawyer

Ten years ago today, our beloved colleague Alison Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 traveling from Newark to her home in Buffalo. Alison had recently been in Uganda to meet with her research team that, to my great fortune, included me. A colleague and…


Women in Saudi Arabia face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to turn when they face abuse, leading some women to undertake dangerous escape attempts to flee the country.

10 reasons why Saudi women flee their country:

1. No Freedom to Travel or Get a…


Thirty landmarks across the globe will shine bright blue on December 10, 2018, to celebrate Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Each year on December 10, countries across the globe celebrate the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


“My son knows every car brand. He has astonishing geographical memory. He knows two Mozart operas by heart. But special gifts like this are not regarded in schools, because they are not useful. If you are not among the 95 percent of children that develop normally in terms of reading, writing, calculating, you have a massive problem.”

European Schools, a network of 13 intergovernmental schools primarily teaching children of European Union employees, are not doing enough to look after the needs of children with disabilities.

Human Rights Watch documented cases of 12 children and one young adult with a range of disabilities who were enrolled in the…


On December 3, the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. That includes Croatia, where the Zagreb city authorities are sponsoring an art exhibition and concert, and the city of Krapina will host a walk to raise awareness about disabilities. …


The Dominican Republic, which is heavily influenced by the Catholic hierarchy, is one of the few countries left that bans abortion under all circumstances. This means that women and girls resort to secretly taking pills or herbs and drinking certain teas, all potentially dangerous ways to end unwanted pregnancies. Researcher Margaret Wurth talks to Amy Braunschweiger about what this means for women’s lives.

So, all abortion is banned in the Dominican Republic?

Yes. Even in instances where a woman or girl is pregnant from rape or incest, if her life is in danger, or if the fetus won’t survive outside the womb. …


By Amy Braunschweiger — Senior Web Communications Manager

While their parents work, many children roam the streets of Karachi’s Lyari neighborhood, an area of concrete buildings and winding alleyways and a history of gang violence. Shazia, a teacher who grew up playing in Lyari’s streets, has long worried about the swarms of kids on the streets, some getting…


By Meenakshi Ganguly South Asia Director

Rohingya refugees walk inside Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh January 8, 2018. © 2018 Reuters

“Returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar at this point effectively means throwing them back into the cycle of human rights violations that this community has been suffering for decades.” — Michelle Bachelet

“How can we go back?” Mohammad, a Rohingya refugee in a Bangladesh camp…


By Sara Darehshori

Senior Counsel, US Program

Anna stepped out of her apartment and closed the door quietly behind her so her young son would not hear us. No, she would not be voting, she told me. She had done prison time so couldn’t go to the polls.

But Anna was wrong…


Palestinian officials in both the West Bank and Gaza are crushing dissent by arbitrarily arresting and torturing dissidents and opponents. Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director, talks with Amy Braunschweiger about what his team’s two years of research has uncovered.

What did you find?

We were able to document that rival…

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