11 March 2009
The 19th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2008 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
21 January 2009
Some 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children who have entered Greece in 2008 without parents or caregivers struggle to survive without any state assistance, Human Rights Watch said in a new report issued today.
19 January 2009
Sixty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the governments demonstrating the clearest vision on international rights protections, sadly, are those seeking to undermine enforcement.
2 December 2008
This 36-page report focuses on two important appeals in the House of Lords this month that will test the reliability of no-torture promises from the governments of Algeria and Jordan. In the pending appeals, Britain’s highest court will grapple for the first time with the government’s «deportation with assurances» policy, an important component of its counterterrorism strategy.
19 November 2008
Spain’s accelerating effort to send back unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally might subject them to danger, ill-treatment and detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government needs to halt repatriations until it has a process to ensure their well-being, and, as an immediate step, give them the same right to an independent lawyer that adult migrants have under Spanish law.
11 August 2008
The report looks at how France uses a vaguely defined ‘terrorism association offense’ to arrest large numbers of people based on minimal evidence. Human Rights Watch documented credible allegations that terrorism suspects are subjected to oppressive questioning in police custody, linked to a policy that delays a suspect’s access to a lawyer.
7 juillet 2008
Depuis le milieu des années 1980, époque où elle a subi une vague d’attentats terroristes, la France a mis au point une approche préventive de justice pénale pour contrer le terrorisme que beaucoup de responsables français considèrent comme un modèle digne de susciter l’émulation ailleurs. L’approche française se caractérise par des poursuites judiciaires agressives à l’encontre de réseaux terroristes présumés opérant sur le territoire français. Elle repose sur une étroite collaboration entre les procureurs et juges d’instruction spécialisés d’une part et les services de police et de renseignement d’autre part, conjuguée à des restrictions aux garanties procédurales appliquées aux infractions de droit commun.
21 May 2008
The Netherlands should abolish the overseas «integration test» that discriminatorily targets only migrants of certain nationalities trying to join their families, while citizens from other, «western» countries are exempt, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released yesterday. People of Moroccan and Turkish origin – two of the three largest «non-western» migrant communities in the Netherlands – have been especially affected.
5 February 2008
The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and political rights that make democracy meaningful, the United States, the European Union and other influential democracies risk undermining human rights worldwide
11 June 2007
The lack of safeguards in France’s policy of expelling foreign residents with alleged links to violent extremism undermines human rights and alienates communities whose cooperation is critical to the fight against terrorism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.