Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch: China Arresting Uyghurs at Skyrocketing Rates

Authorities in western China’s Xinjiang region are formally prosecuting ethnic Uyghurs at a higher rate than in previous years, and have increased the length of prison sentences for the Turkic minority group native to the Central Asian territory, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.

Supporters and members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally outside the White House to urge the United States to end trade deals with China and take action to stop the oppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples August 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Human Rights Watch Finds ‘Endemic’ Sexual Abuse by North Korean Officials

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report on “endemic” sexual violence in North Korea. The report was three years in the making, due in part to the exceptional difficulty of obtaining reliable data and testimony from one of history’s most oppressive nations. HRW concluded the abuse of women has “come to be accepted as part of ordinary life” in North Korea and called for international intervention.

A North Korean traffic police woman directs vehicles at a street junction while behind her the sidewalk is decorated with flags of the ruling party, the Workers' Party on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Members of North Korea's ruling party have gathered in Pyongyang ahead of their …