This 96-page report charts the Ampatuans’ rise to power, including their use of violence to expand their control and eliminate threats to the family’s rule. It is based on more than 80 interviews, including with people having insider knowledge of t…Continue Reading

An international human rights group on Tuesday urged Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to do more to protect domestic workers, citing fresh allegations that employers in the three Mideast nations abused their Sri Lankan maids.Continue Reading

(Dakar) – A meeting of international donors in Dakar on November 24, 2010, to finance the prosecution of Hissène Habré is a potential turning point in the long campaign to bring the former Chadian dictator to justice, a coalition of human rights orga…Continue Reading

Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment on Nov. 2 that forbids judges from taking Sharia law and international law into consideration when making decisions. A federal judge has already blocked it from taking effect.
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The harrowing torture recounted by William Finnegan lays bare a practice that is all too common in Mexico’s war on drugs (“In the Name of the Law,” October 18th). Human Rights Watch has documented more than a hundred credible allegations of tortu…Continue Reading

WHAT on earth did Aasia Bibi do to merit the dubious distinction of becoming the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy? Basically, she, a Christian, and a peasant to boot, had the gall to feel insulted.
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(New York) ­- The Russian government should closely examine evidence gathered by the Austrian police relating to Chechnya’s leader, Human Rights Watch said today. The evidence suggests that the Kremlin-appointed leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was…Continue Reading