The 5 Most-Read Stories of the Week
- Japan Forces Sterilization on Transgender People
Forcing people to undergo unwanted surgeries to obtain documentation is contrary both to Japan’s human rights obligations and its reputation as a champion of LGBT rights.
- Brutality, Torture, and Political Persecution in Venezuela
“The widespread vicious abuses against government opponents in Venezuela, including egregious cases of torture, and the absolute impunity for the attackers suggests government responsibility at the highest levels."
- Saving Lives at Sea
HRW researcher Judith Sunderland spent time aboard a ship in the Mediterranean chartered by an NGO to rescue migrants making the perilous journey across the sea to Europe. Read, hear, and see their stories.
- Mass Death Sentences in Bangladesh
Human Rights Watch documented how the mass trials of hundreds of the accused left most without adequate counsel, adequate time to prepare a defense, or notice of the charges or evidence against them. Crucially, many made confessions under torture.
- Another Day, Another Tragedy in Crimea
Vedzhie Kashka, 83, is a powerful name in Crimea. She died in Simferopol on November 23, after Russia’s security services (FSB) raided a café where she was meeting with other leaders of the Crimean Tatar national movement.
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