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.
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.
Turkish President Erdogan has insisted in an interview that Turkey should still join the EU. The comments came despite mounting pressure against the Turkish leader's human rights record and his intervention in Syria.
Fighting populism and xenophobia, and championing human rights is bearing fruit, according to Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018. France leads the way, Germany is a mixed bag, the US and Britain are falling behind.
Aid groups are calling on the Greek government to move thousands of migrants from Aegean island camps to the mainland. They say winter temperatures, severe overcrowding and abysmal living conditions pose huge risks. DW speaks to Human Rights Watch's Greece researcher Eva Cosse.