Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all. It works to defend the rights of people worldwide through scrupulous investigation of abuses, and worldwide exposure of hidden facts.
Scholars have very much critiqued international bodies for their bureau pathologized systems in preventing, managing, and resolving world problems and the HRW is not an exception.
The 660-page world report details human rights situations in 90 countries around the world. The report has made a great effort by featuring some of the most popular countries in the world where human rights violation is a call for concern; talking about Syria, North Korea, Central Africa Republic, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, just to name a few. However, observers and minority voice journalists have raised questions about the absence of some countries such as Cameroon and Togo in the 2018 HRW’s World Report.
Take the case of Cameroon where according to Amnesty report, in 2017 more than 250 civilians have been killed due to Boko Haram attacks. Civilians have suffered torture and ill-treatment from the security forces in connection with Boko Haram activities as well as the Anglophone crisis, between January and April, and in early October, telephone and internet services were cut in the English-speaking regions, with no official explanation and many more cases of abuse. Read more about human rights violation in Cameroon here.
The case of Togo where between August and December at least 10 people were killed and several wounded following a mass demonstration by the opposition which led to sporadic violent clashes between opposition groups and supporters of the ruling party. Read more about human rights violation in Togo here
However, HRW’s official Jo Becker in response to minority voice journalist Mathew lee’s question as to why Cameroon, Togo, and Gabon are not seen in the HRW’s World 2018 Report, she said they are concern with what is going on in Cameroon just that their report centers on countries where they have the capacity to sponsor independent investigations and reporting, they have not yet devoted resources for the case of Cameroon and are hoping to do so in the coming months.