Libya: Discriminatory Restriction on Women

On February 23, Abdelrazeq al-Nadhouri, chief of staff of the forces known as the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the military governor of the region that extends from Derna to Ben Jawwad, repealed his order requiring women who wish to travel abroad  to be accompanied by a male guardian and replaced it with a new order imposing travel restrictions on […]

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North Korea: Celebrations Hide Human Rights Violations

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule. “Kim Jong-Un rules based on fear and repression, […]

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Shame That Can Kill

By Rothna Begum Researcher, Women’s Rights Division Published in BBC Arabic BBC Arabic published the commentary below following their series in November 2016 on “Shame Online”, a digital documentary investigating a new and disturbing phenomenon: the use of intimate or sexually explicit images to threaten, blackmail, or shame young people, mainly girls and women, in some of the most conservative […]

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Nigeria’s President Buhari Owes an Apology

Kenya’s Lands Minister and principal secretary in the Lands and Physical Planning Ministry welcome a group of women on October 13, 2016 who will climb Mount Kilimanjaro on October 14 as part of a campaign for land rights in Nairobi, Kenya. © 2016 Reuters As the issue of sexual harassment takes center stage in the US presidential election, many Africans […]

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Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons

In All Too Familiar: Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons, released today, the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Project charges that in state prisons from Georgia to California, male officers are sexually abusing female prisoners with nearly total impunity. State and federal officials in a position to address such misconduct often deny that it exists or fail to […]

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Mexico’s Maquiladoras: Abuses Against Women Workers

The Mexican government fails to protect women from pregnancy testing and other discriminatory treatment in export-processing factories (maquiladoras) along the U.S.-Mexico border. In No Guarantees: Sex Discrimination in Mexico’s Maquiladora Sector, released today, the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Project finds that major U.S.-based and other corporations routinely subject prospective female employees to mandatory urine testing, invasive questions about their […]

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Human Rights Watch Finds Mixed Government Response to High Rates of Rape and Domestic Abuse of Women in South Africa

In Violence Against Women in South Africa, released on the eve of the international “Day of No Violence Against Women,” Human Rights Watch denounces widespread violence against women in South Africa and calls on the new government to significantly step up its response to this endemic problem. South African women’s organizations estimate that perhaps as many as one in three […]

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Police Abuse of Women in Pakistan

In “Double Jeopardy: Police Abuse of Women in Pakistan,” released today, Asia Watch and the Women’s Rights Project, two divisions of the New York-based Human Rights Watch, charge the government of Pakistan with responsibility for an epidemic of unpunished police violence against women. The 106-page report finds that more than 70 percent of women in police custody are subjected to […]

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