Human Rights Watch

Articles by Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Court punishes activists for challenging al-Sisi

Prison sentences aim at deterring peaceful dissent.

Greece: Rule of law under threat, media freedom deteriorating

Rights groups and press freedom organisations call on the European Commission to take immediate action to address the deterioration of media freedom and the rule of law in Greece and its impact on fundamental rights.

Spyware targets Human Rights Watch staff in Jordan

Over 30 journalists, activists, politicians also among Pegasus targets.

Senegal: Pre-election crackdown

The crackdown on the opposition, media, and civil society intensifies ahead of Senegal’s polling day.

Gaza: World Court orders Israel to prevent genocide

“Lives hang in the balance, and governments need to urgently use their leverage to ensure that the order is enforced.”

UN Cybercrime Convention must not become a tool to undermine international human rights standards

Signatories stress that the Convention should only move forward if it pursues a specific goal of combating cybercrime without endangering the human rights and fundamental freedoms of those it seeks to protect, nor undermining efforts to improve cybersecurity for an open internet.

Rights groups call on Kyrgyzstan to cease persecution of independent media

“The Kyrgyz authorities should drop criminal cases of ‘war propaganda’ and ‘calls to mass disorder’ initiated against several independent media outlets,” eight human rights groups said.

Global leaders have shied away from protecting human rights during 2023

“The international system that we rely on to protect human rights is under threat as world leaders look the other way when universal principles of human rights are violated” – HRW World Report 2024