Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, Human Rights Watch gives voice to the oppressed and holds oppressors accountable for their crimes. Human Rights Watch's rigorous, objective investigations and strategic advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. In situations of armed conflict, Human Rights Watch monitors the conduct of all parties involved to ensure that they are in compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law.
HRW advocates to ban cluster munitions, playing a pivotal role in international and domestic efforts to prohibit the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of these indiscriminate weapons, a campaign which achieved huge success with the establishment of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Human Rights Watch is working to ensure that as many governments as possible join and implement this significant international agreement by providing crucial leadership for a global coalition of civil society advocates and cluster bomb survivors, gathering essential data on the many negative effects of cluster munitions, and conducting targeted advocacy and outreach urging world leaders to protect civilian lives and livelihoods by signing on to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Human Rights Watch’s work in the Middle East aims to create regional and global awareness of international human rights law and promote a commitment to uphold these rights for all. Since 1989, Human Rights Watch has highlighted human rights abuses in the Middle East ranging from the need for judicial reform to arbitrary detentions, torture, and freedom of expression and association. Human Rights Watch plays a critical role in a region where local voices do not always have the capacity or security to pursue these issues alone. It acts as a voice for the voiceless, such as migrant workers and children, as well as a staunch supporter of those who are themselves pushing for legal protections including women, minority groups, journalists, and local human rights activists. Human Rights Watch’s strong relationships with officials, prominent journalists, and religious and civil society leaders throughout the Middle East have resulted in concrete reforms in policy and practice across the region.
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