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San Diego, Calif.-- For the eighth year, the Museum of Photographic arts presents a weekend of dynamic films and inspiring conversations at the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival from February 1 - 4, 2018. filmmakers and Human Rights Watch experts will be present at each screening to ...
In December 2017 Human Rights Watch released a report on the health risks of Lebanon's waste management crisis. We found that the open burning of solid waste at more than 150 dumps across the country poses serious health risks to nearby residents and that the authorities' inaction to end this open ...

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(Amsterdam) - "Where Do I Stand?" is the theme of the sixth edition of the human rights Weekend in De Balie, Amsterdam, from February 2 to 4, 2018. Human Rights Watch, De Balie and partners invite participants to reflect on these questions: What is your opinion on important human rights issues of our ...
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children learning to read the Quran at the Gaabow Islamic school in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, August 2013. Parents and teachers told Human Rights Watch that Al-Shabab militants threatened and on occasion abducted teachers and children from schools in rural areas of Bay region in September ...

This morning, Chechen authorities arrested activist Oyub Titiev, who works as the Chechnya office director at a leading Russian rights group, Memorial human rights Center. Titiev, born 1957, took over for Memorial in Chechnya after the kidnapping and murder of his colleague, Natalia Estemirova in 2009.
The women had travelled for two hours just to speak to Wendy Isaack, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights program at Human Rights Watch. They hadn't eaten for three days. LGBT people in Ghana are often rejected by their families and left to rely on handouts to survive ...
Beirut: A prominent Saudi cleric arrested in a crackdown on dissent has since been held for four months without charge or contact with the outside world, Human Rights Watch said Sunday. Salman al-Awda was among more than 20 people arrested in September in what the Saudi government has said ...
Human Rights Watch has documented that this massive effort has had negligible impact on drug availability, and has even worsened the harms of drug trafficking and drug dependence. Even though African Americans and whites use drugs at the same rates, African Americans are disproportionately ...
Lebanon's waste crisis gained international recognition in 2015, when garbage overflowed in the streets of Beirut. But in fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg. My organization, Human Rights Watch, found that Lebanon's mismanagement of its waste has gone on for decades, particularly in areas outside ...
As Human Rights Watch documented, torture and mistreatment are major problems there and across Ethiopia's detention sites. While Maekelawi's announced closure is good news, it will mean nothing if prisoners are simply relocated to another facility to face the same abuses. The government should send ...
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(Beirut) - Iranian authorities should refrain from using excessive force, investigate the deaths during the current protests across the country, and remove arbitrary restrictions on internet access, Human Rights Watch said today. So far, the official news channels of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting ...
(Beirut) - Yezidi fighters in Iraq allegedly forcibly disappeared and killed 52 civilians from the Imteywit tribe in June 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. relatives of victims told Human Rights Watch that on June 4, 2017, Yezidi forces detained and then apparently executed men, women, and children ...
Human Rights Watch opposes capital punishment in all circumstances and has long called for the US to abolish the death penalty. In 2006, Human Rights Watch concluded that state negligence in the administration of lethal injections can cause agonizing, painful deaths. The death penalty is an attack on ...
(New York) - Authorities in Nepal should immediately make public the December 14, 2017 report of a special commission on the Terai violence in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The High-Level Inquiry Commission was established in 2016 to investigate alleged excessive and indiscriminate use of ...

From rape used as a weapon in war in Central African Republic to abuses by Spanish police in Catalonia and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous "war on drugs," here are Human Rights Watch's top-viewed videos of the year. 10. Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape ...
In November, 2017, Human Rights Watch interviewed 25 asylum-seeking women and girls as young as 13, living in the Moria "hotspot" on Lesbos. They described harassment, the threat of gender-based violence, and health risks. Human Rights Watch found that the conditions resulted from insufficient ...
(New York) - Chinese authorities in Xinjiang are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the age of 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch said today. This campaign significantly expands authorities' collection of biodata beyond previous government ...
Ethiopian authorities have carried out a renewed campaign of malware attacks, abusing commercial spyware to monitor government critics abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately cease digital attacks on activists and independent voices, while spyware companies ...
Human Rights Watch spoke with 12 survivors of severe domestic abuse in Armenia. The women said their husbands or male partners punched and kicked them, raped them, struck them with furniture and other objects, confined them in their homes, stalked them, and threatened or attempted to kill them with ...
(Maputo) - Mozambique's government has failed to hold anyone to account for serious abuses by both state security forces and the opposition Renamo in the year prior to a December 2016 ceasefire, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 65-page report, "'The Next One to Die': State ...
(Banjul) - Gambia's truth commission bill, to be debated on December 13, 2017, is an important opportunity to shed light on human rights violations committed during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Assembly should amend the Truth, ...
(New York) - Thai military authorities have accused a political party official of committing sedition and computer crimes for posting commentary critical of the junta on her facebook page, Human Rights Watch said today. Sunisa Lertpakawat, the Pheu Thai Party spokeswoman, was ordered to report to the ...
It was a far-fetched interpretation, since the clause was designed in 1969 to prevent abusive governments from arbitrarily barring opposition candidates, not to impede constitutional term limits designed to prevent the rise of autocrats, Human Rights Watch said. However, the Supreme Court agreed with ...
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Greece's Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has been repeatedly warned of the deteriorating situation on the islands, and Human Rights Watch and other groups are calling on the government to move asylum seekers to better conditions on the mainland by December 21, the official start of winter, and end ...
Human Rights Watch documented the consequences of Brazil's restrictions on abortion in a July report on the impact of the Zika outbreak. Some doctors ... There was notable progress on expanding access to reproductive rights in Latin America during 2017, Human Rights Watch said. Chile ended its ...
"Khayrullo Mirsaidov, who is well-known and respected for his independent journalism, appears to be the latest victim of the Tajik government's crackdown on critical voices," said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The Tajik government should ensure Mirsaidov's rights in ...
Human Rights Watch investigations showed that the government rotated army brigades into Marange to ensure that the different brigades had an opportunity to benefit from the diamond trade. soldiers bullied and threatened miners and other civilians into forming syndicates so that the soldiers could control ...
(New York) - An agreement by Bangladesh and Burma to begin returning Rohingya refugees to Burma by January 23, 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns and should be shelved, Human Rights Watch today said in a letter to the two governments. International donors, who ...
Human Rights Watch released a report this month that included, for the first time in our history, photographic evidence that we collected with a semi-autonomous robotic plane, commonly called a drone. Built by Sensefly, a subsidiary of Parrot Group, our small, hand-launched drone helped us to investigate ...
Human Rights Watch interviewed 52 Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh in October. All but one of the 29 rape survivors we spoke to had been gang raped by men in uniform. They described being hit, kicked, and bitten on their breasts. aid workers have said they have treated hundreds of survivors, ...
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(Beirut) - The Iranian authorities' transfer of an imprisoned US doctoral student within Tehran's Evin prison heightens fear for his safety, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 6, 2017, Xiyue Wang, a Princeton Ph.D. student and US citizen, was moved to Evin's Ward 7 and was threatened by ...
Houthi militants react as they ride on a truck after Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed, in Sanaa, Yemen, on December 4, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah). Related Articles. Houthis execute 'thousands' in two days: UN's Yemen envoy · Hadi urges Yemenis to join fight against ...
2015 Human Rights Watch. In early 2015 I entered a humid, unsanitary cell with six cement bunks for 60 men who did not even have enough floor space to lie down. While visiting the prison, in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, I saw cell keys in the hands of inmates chosen by prison authorities, while ...
Kucherenko's daughter told Human Rights Watch that police took her to several police stations and promised her that they would allow her to see her ... An officer at the Ashgabat police station where Valeria Kucherenko had been detained told a Human Rights Watch researcher by phone that Galina ...
(Beirut) - The Saudi-led coalition's broad restrictions on aid and essential goods to Yemen's civilian population are worsening the country's humanitarian catastrophe, Human Rights Watch said today. Unless the coalition immediately stops blocking aid and commercial goods from reaching civilians in ...
"Successive interim authorities since the 2011 uprising and across Libya have failed to protect Libya's Sufi religious sites from attacks and destruction by extremist militias," said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "The unpunished attacks on Sufi mosques ...
(Brussels, December 7, 2017) - The European Union is taking important steps to ensure that EU-funded humanitarian assistance reaches people with disabilities, the European Disability Forum, Human Rights Watch, and the Norwegian refugee Council said today. People with disabilities in humanitarian ...
(Washington, D.C.) -- The Mexican Senate should reject legislation that would enshrine the role of the Mexican armed forces in law enforcement activities, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 30, 2017, Mexico's Chamber of Deputies approved the Law of Internal Security, which authorizes ...
(Amsterdam, December 6, 2017) - The Austrian Constitutional Court's ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the ...
Olga Dinze, the lawyer, told Human Rights Watch that the Justice Ministry ordered Russia's bar association to hold a hearing on disbarring her for refusing to give government officials notes that her client wrote her during a confidential prison meeting in August. Dinze said she suspects the government is ...
"Holding the leader of a major opposition party in pretrial detention for over a year on flimsy charges is another example of the political abuse of the criminal justice system we are repeatedly seeing in Turkey," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Keeping ...
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Ethiopian authorities have carried out a renewed campaign of malware attacks, abusing commercial spyware to monitor government critics abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately cease digital attacks on activists and independent voices, while spyware companies ...
(New York) - Human Rights Watch has arranged for 23 landmarks across the globe to shine bright blue on December 10, 2017, to celebrate human rights Day, the organization announced today. From New York to Sydney, Taipei to Toronto, the world will glow blue in solidarity with the global human rights ...
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