Once the reserve of elderly women, witchcraft accusations in the Niger Delta shifted to children in the 1990s. Accused children have been forced to drink cement, poisoned and burned alive, Marc Ellison reports. By 2008, estimates show 15,000 children had been branded in 2…

Facing a no-confidence motion in parliament, Narendra Modi’s government defended its record on improving the lives of women, citing harsher rape sentences and a clean cooking initiative. Yet the administration has not addressed low political participation among women,…

The British Foreign Office’s latest human rights report—released this week—glaringly omits the country’s complicity in grave humanitarian crises, from Yemen to Myanmar to the West Bank. The annual report “no longer signals Britain’s virtue,” writes Peter Oborne. “Instead,…

World leaders recognized family planning as a human right 50 years ago, but 214 million women still lack safe and effective family planning.  

Pregnant women in US immigration detention are being denied medical care, shackled, and abused in detention centers in southwestern states, Buzzfeed reports.   Last December, the Trump administration quietly ended an Obama administration–era directive against detaining…

Attacks on healthcare services are a cruel reality of today's violent conflicts.

Prisoners are subjected to a relentless pattern of abuse in the notorious Jail Ogaden prison in Ethiopia’s Somali region, according to a Human Rights Watch report published this week.

Marking a long-fought victory for human rights campaigners, Afghanistan has enacted an official public health policy aimed at halting virginity testing in clinics and hospitals. Condemned by the WHO, the invasive procedure has persisted despite a 2016 ban, landing scores of…

The election of Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino to lead the UN’s International Organization for Migration—following the unexpected defeat of American candidate Ken Isaacs—might signal waning US clout, writes Barbara Crossette.  

Until 2016, Kenyans suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who were unable to finish prescribed courses of treatment—which often involve arduous daily treks to health facilities and could last for 20 months with debilitating physical side-effects—could be subject…