World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.

Guinea’s fast-growing bauxite mining industry is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Guineans, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Mining has destroyed ancestral farmlands, damaged water sources and coated homes and trees in dust.

A Human Rights Watch report on the mining industry in Malawi has revealed that rights of people in communities close to mining sites are being hugely violated.

In the mid-1990’s, researchers discovered naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water drawn from shallow tubewells across large areas of rural Bangladesh. Twenty years later, an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh still drink water contaminated above the national limit.

Climate change and regional development projects are threatening the health and livelihood of indigenous peoples in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released.

The World Bank Group has done little to prevent or dissuade governments from intimidating critics of the projects it funds, or monitor for reprisals, Human Rights Watch said in a report.

This report details significant hurdles to assigning personal accountability for the actions of fully autonomous weapons under both criminal and civil law. It also elaborates on the consequences of failing to assign legal responsibility.

This 32-page report describes 16 years of failure by Thailand’s Pollution Control Department and public health authorities to prevent further exposure to lead among the village’s ethnic Karen residents.

Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released. While US law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can legally work on tobacco farms in the US.

This report documents an occupational health and safety crisis among tannery workers, both men and women, including skin diseases and respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to tanning chemicals, and limb amputations caused by accidents in dangerous tannery machinery.

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