Tag Archive | HRW

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme. India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut […]

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch has said. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian […]

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

When Bisi Alimi came out as gay in Nigeria, his parents took him to a church where he underwent seven days of isolation, prayers and fasting to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality, he said. The experience, which prompted him to attempt suicide at the age of 17, is common for gay people from Nigeria to China […]

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

Hungary: Bill To Clamp Down On Independent Groups

A bill targeting nongovernmental organizations would force some groups that receive funding from outside Hungary to register as ‘foreign funded’ and subject them to excessive sanctions and obligations, Human Rights Watch and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said yesterday. Parliament is set to vote on the draft law today June 13, 2017.

HRW: LGBTI people should be protected from violence and discrimination

HRW: LGBTI people should be protected from violence and discrimination

Human Rights Watch have welcomed the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. They state: “We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN regional groups. We hope that all can stand united in […]

HRW: UN Chief Should Stress Rights Erosion In China

HRW: UN Chief Should Stress Rights Erosion In China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should publicly press China’s leaders to end their crackdown on activists and independent groups, Human Rights Watch today said in a letter to the secretary-general. Ban will visit China from July 6 to 10, 2016. “It’s crucial for the UN secretary-general to take China’s leadership to task for rolling back […]

Indonesia: Proposal To Censor LGBT Speech Criticised

Indonesia: Proposal To Censor LGBT Speech Criticised

The Indonesian government should reject a parliamentary committee proposal to censor media related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a letter to the Information and Communication Ministry. The proposal follows a spate of anti-LGBT rhetoric from senior government officials that discriminatory standards should be enshrined into […]