Human Rights Watch (HRW)

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, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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Monday, June 11, 2012
Bahrain: Activist Detained for Twitter Comments
Bahraini authorities should immediately release the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges based on his public discussion of political issues. Authorities have repeatedly issued summonses for him to go in for questioning in the past few months, detained him from May 5 to May 28, 2012, and detained him again on June 6 for statements he made on Twitter calling for the Prime Minister to step down, and discussing his visit to a village outside of Manama.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
Russia: Protect Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya
Russia should ensure the safety of human rights defenders after public threats by Chechnya’s Kremlin-appointed leader, Human Rights Watch said today. The Russian authorities should end harassment of the Joint Mobile Group of Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya (Mobile Group), whose three representatives were the subject of sharp criticism and threats by the Chechen leadership on June 1, 2012.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Russia: Reject Restrictions on Peaceful Assembly
The upper chamber of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, has today endorsed with unusual speed a set of restrictive amendments to the law on public rallies and the administrative code. The State Duma, or lower parliamentary chamber, had adopted the amendments in both their second and third (final) readings on June 5. The bill will become law after signature by President Vladimir Putin.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thailand: Internet Trial a Major Setback for Free Speech
The conviction of a prominent website manager on computer crimes charges highlights the Thai government’s growing misuse of laws intended to protect the monarchy. Imposing a prison sentence adds to the climate of fear and self-censorship in Thailand ’s media, Human Rights Watch said.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Palestinian’s Conviction Violates Freedom of Assembly
An Israeli military court’s conviction on May 20, 2012, of a Palestinian activist, Bassem Tamimi, of leading illegal demonstrations violates his right to freedom of assembly, while its conviction of him on a second charge of urging children to throw stones on the basis of a child’s coercively-obtained statement raises serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The court sentenced Tamimi on May 29 to 13 months in prison, which he has already served, as well as a 17-month suspended sentence.
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Ethiopia: ‘Special Police’ Execute 10
An Ethiopian government-backed paramilitary force summarily executed 10 men during a March 2012 operation in Ethiopia ’s eastern Somali region. Detailed information on the killings and other abuses by the force known as the “Liyu police” only came to light after a Human Rights Watch fact-finding mission to neighboring Somaliland in April.
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Friday, May 25, 2012
Equatorial Guinea: End Harassment of Jailed Opponent, Lawyers
Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should cease all harassment of a jailed political opponent and those close to him, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and EG Justice said today.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Azerbaijan: Authorities Violently Disperse Peaceful Rallies
Azerbaijan sent an ominous message about the government’s commitment to fundamental freedoms as the police violently dispersed two peaceful protests on May 21, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. Police rounded up dozens of peaceful demonstrators, forcing them onto buses and beating many of them in the process. The crackdown on the peaceful protests took place the day before the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is to begin in Baku.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Azerbaijan: Free Activists, Journalists Held on Bogus Charges
The Azerbaijani authorities should promptly follow the May 15, 2012 release of an opposition activist by releasing others held on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Ahead of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest on May 22 through 26, the authorities should guarantee freedom of expression for protesters planning peaceful demonstrations in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, as well as for the thousands of local and foreign journalists covering the song contest, Human Rights Watch said.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
US: Sexual Violence, Harassment of Immigrant Farmworkers
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant farmworker women and girls in the United States face a high risk of sexual violence and sexual harassment in their workplaces because US authorities and employers fail to protect them adequately, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The current US Senate bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would go some way toward fixing the problem and should be enacted, but much more needs to be done, Human Rights Watch said.
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