Medical Experts Call to Defer Unnecessary Intersex Surgeries

October 25, 2017Video US: Doctors Still Do Harmful Surgeries on Intersex Kids Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent. A group of European medical experts has published new…

Central African Republic: Rebels Executing Civilians

Expand Thérèse Weseba, about 60-years-old and her husband Benoit Wambala, about 65-years-old were executed by fighters from the Popular Front for the Renaissance in the Central African Republic (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique, FPRC) outside Bria on September 6, 2018. ©Private 2016….

Czech Transgender Sterilization Law Violates Right to Health

Expand Participants hold a giant rainbow flag during the Prague Pride Parade where thousands marched through the city centre in support of gay rights, in Czech Republic, August 13, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters A policy in the Czech Republic forcing transgender people to undergo sterilization…

Belarus: Tajik Soccer Player Faces Extradition

(Moscow) – A well-known Tajik athlete faces possible torture or ill-treatment if he is forcibly returned from Belarus to Tajikistan, the Association for Central Asian Migrants, Human Rights Watch, and Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. Belarus should not extradite or deport the athlete, Parviz Tursunov,…

Saudi Arabia: Reveal Fate of Jamal Khashoggi

October 11, 2018Video Video: #WhereisJamal The world wants to know: #WhereisJamal (Beirut) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman should immediately release all evidence and information Saudi Arabia holds regarding the status of the prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights Watch said today. Khashoggi,…

UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council

(New York) – United Nations member countries should oppose the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea for the Human Rights Council because of their egregious human rights records, Human Rights Watch said today. Serious rights violations in Bahrain and Cameroon also raise significant concerns. On…

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

(Beirut) – Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to…

Time to End Stigma Around Disabilities in Russia

Expand People with disabilities, artists, and activists gather at a rock concert in Pavlovsk Russia, June 2018. © 2018 Andrea Mazzarino A new Russian film, “Temporary Difficulties,” features a character named Sasha, born with cerebral palsy. A doctor tells his parents, “You can give him…

Egypt: An Account of Alleged Torture in Secret Detention

Expand Khaled Hassan, an Egyptian-American citizen, claimed authorities disappeared him on January 8 and severely abused him. © Private (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities forcibly disappeared an Egyptian-American limousine driver, who said authorities also tortured him and held him secretly for four months, Human Rights Watch…

Africa: Educated Girls Crucial for Skilled Workforce

Expand © 2017 Marco Tibasima for Human Rights Watch African governments should ensure the right to education for all girls by ending discrimination against those who are pregnant or have children, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of the United Nations International Day of the…