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China's disabled get limited schooling, Human Rights Watch says

Children learn their characters at Maolong Primary School in Duchang, Jiangxi province. Photo: Xinhua

More than a quarter of mainland children with disabilities don't go to school, while many of those who do are prevented from attending mainstream institutions or taught by untrained teachers, a rights group said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Web censorship threatens Singapore's financial status: Human Rights Watch

The skyline of the central business district in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

Human Rights Watch said yesterday that Singapore was undercutting its status as a financial centre by expanding media censorship to the web. It urged the city-state's government to withdraw the new licensing requirement for online news sites.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:58am

Sex workers in China face police abuse, beatings and torture: Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch estimates four million to six millions sex workers on the mainland are subject to arbitrary abuse by their clients and police. Photo: Robert Ng

A new report, based on 140 interviews with sex workers, clients, police, public health officials and NGO workers, calls on the government to legalise solicitation, end crackdowns and prohibit arbitrary arrests and detentions.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Myanmar’s strife-torn region needs aid, troops

Secretary of the Rakhine Investigation Commission, Kyaw Yin Hlaing (centre) speaks during a press conference in Yangon on Monday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar should urgently help tens of thousands of Muslims displaced by deadly religious unrest in the western state of Rakhine and flood the area with troops to stem further conflict, a report said on Monday.

30 Apr 2013 - 1:36am

Afghan policewomen suffer sexual abuse at work

Human Rights Watch has called for an end to the abuse of Afghanistan’s policewomen by male colleagues. Photo: AFP

Afghanistan’s policewomen suffer sexual assault by male colleagues, often inside police stations, a rights group said on Thursday, calling for women-only toilets and changing facilities to curb such abuse.

Addressing the concerns of policewomen is necessary to address the “rampant violence” against women in the wider society, said Human Rights Watch.

25 Apr 2013 - 8:55pm

Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleansing’

A supporter of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar holds up a placard during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a leading rights watchdog said on Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US protesters demand closure of Guantanamo

Activists demand the closing of the US military's detention facility in Guantanamo during a protest on Thursday in New York's Times Square. Photo: AFP

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month.

12 Apr 2013 - 9:16pm

Syria air raids on civilians kill thousands, says report

Syrians paint Syria's former national flag, currently used by the rebels, on a wall in the northern city of Azaz. Photo: AFP

Air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a watchdog reported on Thursday, accusing the regime of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war crimes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Court ruling deals blow to gay rights in Singapore

Rights activists reacted with indignation on Wednesday after Singapore’s High Court rejected a petition to repeal an archaic law criminalising sex between men.

In a ruling issued on Tuesday, the court said it was up to parliament to repeal a controversial provision in the penal code known as Section 377A, whose constitutionality has been questioned by a gay couple.

10 Apr 2013 - 8:19pm

Indian child sex victims ‘mistreated, humiliated’

Children in India who complain of sexual abuse are often dismissed or ignored by the police, medical staff and other authorities, according to Human Rights Watch. Photo: AFP

In a report released amid continuing anger at the handling of sex cases in the wake of a deadly gang-rape in Delhi, Human Rights Watch said the authorities had to become more sensitive towards victims.

7 Feb 2013 - 11:51pm

Push for Syria war crimes probe as 26 children die

Internally displaced Syrian children gesture as they pose for a photo at a school in Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

International calls for a war crimes probe into the 22-month Syrian conflict are growing after a watchdog reported at least 26 children have been killed in the latest violence.

Reports of the child deaths came on Monday as New York-based Human Rights Watch accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of expanding its use of banned cluster bombs.

15 Jan 2013 - 2:29pm

Egypt constitution finalised as opposition cries foul

Members of Egypt's Constitutional Assembly discuss a new draft constitution during the voting session at the Shoura Assembly in Cairo on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

An Islamist-led assembly finalised a new Eygptian constitution on Friday aimed at ending a crisis that erupted when President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers.

30 Nov 2012 - 6:50pm

Killer robots not far off, Human Rights Watch warns

A weapons-grade sentry robot from South Korea. Photo: AFP

Hollywood-style robots able to shoot people without permission from their human handlers are a real possibility and must be banned before governments start deploying them, campaigners warned.

The report "Losing Humanity" - issued on Monday by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic - raised the alarm over the ethics of the looming technology.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

EU urges Vietnam to step up human rights reform

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (left) speaks during a meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (right) in Hanoi on Wednesday. Photo: AP

International pressure mounted on Vietnam on Wednesday to uphold human rights when the EU raised the issue after the jailing of two musicians on charges of anti-state propaganda in the communist nation.

31 Oct 2012 - 8:35pm

New York

John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, has a responsibility most festival heads don't have. After a film has passed the first stage of selection for the programme, Biaggi sends it to his activist colleagues in Human Rights Watch for fact-checking.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am