Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in New York. Its stated aim is to promote human rights and justice around the world.
HRW was founded by Robert L. Berstein in 1978. Each year, the group publishes more than 100 reports on the state of human rights in some 90 countries. It works with local groups, media and policymakers to advocate for the protection of basic rights. In 1997, HRW shared in a Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. It also played a leading role in the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions. This is an automatic compilation of all DW content on Human Rights Watch.
Hakeem Al-Araibi, a former member of Bahrain's national football team, says he fears for his life if he is extradited from Thailand. Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch told DW that his extradition would be unacceptable.
Human Rights Watch has called on Argentina to investigate Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for murder and war crimes. Argentina has a clause in its consitution that could give it the ability to do so.
The international NGO Human Rights Watch has published a detailed report on the situation in Western China, where the authorities control all aspects of life. HRW China director Sophie Richardson explains what makes the current situation so different given that the Muslim minority in western China have always been under surveillance of the authorities in Beijing.
Clashes in the Somali region of Ethiopia led to the burning of churches, looting and rape. Police and PM Abiy Ahmed stepped in, calling the chaos shameful, and arresting a former regional president.
Kalpona Akter is a well-known figure in Bangladesh. She began working in garment factories at the age of 12, and since 2000 she has devoted herself full time to trade unions and activism. Today, she is managing director of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity, which works for employment rights in the apparel industry. In 2016, she was honored for her work by Human Rights Watch.
Child labor is still common in Zimbabwe, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch. Zimbabwe is one of the world's largest tobacco producers. Many children working on tobacco farms told the human rights organization they were suffering from symptoms linked to nicotine poisoning.
Human Rights Watch has interviewed dozens of "jihadi" brides at detention camps in Syria who want to return home, including at least 15 Germans. Several countries called for ex-IS members to be tried in Iraq and Syria.