In recent years, there has been a significant increase in software development in collaborative and globally distributed settings. Thus, there is a growing interest on accessibility and internationalization issues in Requirements Engineering (RE) tools. The main contribution of this paper is to shed light on RE tools’ accessibility and internationalization, which are key capabilities concerning Global Software Development (GSD). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first manuscript on this subject. A 147-item checklist based principally on the features covered by the standard ISO/IEC 9241-171 was used to assess 13 RE tools. Then, a descriptive statistical study was carried out to provide comparability. Bivariate correlation tests were also applied to measure the association between different variables. A major margin for amelioration was found by current RE tools, mainly with regard to the input, output and internationalization features. The outcome of this research shows that there is a lack of adequacy to the accessibility and internationalization needs. In future work, the scope of the study will be extended to cover other capabilities on RE tools and address the multi-cultural challenges in the GSD.