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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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
UN: Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council
The United Nations General Assembly should immediately suspend Saudi Arabia’s membership rights on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. A two-thirds majority of the General Assembly may suspend the membership rights of any Human Rights Council member...
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Friday, June 24, 2016
UK: Stand by Human Rights Values
Following the British vote to withdraw from the European Union, David Mepham, United Kingdom director at Human Rights Watch, issued this statement: “The referendum vote signals Britain’s withdrawal from the institutions of the EU, but it provides no mandate for Britain to abandon its human rights...
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
UN: Return Saudi-Led Coalition to ‘List of Shame’
The United Nations secretary-general should immediately return the Saudi -led coalition to his “list of shame” for violations against children in Yemen , Human Rights Watch and 19 other organizations said today in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On June 6, 2016, the secretary-general...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Ukraine: 17 Russian Journalists Banned
Ukrainian authorities should immediately drop a ban on 17 Russian journalists and protect media freedom, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 27, 2016, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to implement a May 20 National Security and Defense Council resolution barring 17 Russian reporters,...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Sudan: Hundreds Deported to Likely Abuse
The Sudanese authorities deported at least 442 Eritreans, including six registered refugees, to Eritrea in May 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Sudan denied the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to identify those who wanted to claim asylum and also denied the agency...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
UN: Press Turkey to Open Border
United Nations member states and UN agencies attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016, should press the Turkish authorities to reopen Turkey’s border to Syrian asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today. Partners should make clear that any border guards who shoot at...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
US: Raped in Military—Then Punished
Thousands of United States service members who lost their military careers after reporting a sexual assault live with stigmatizing discharge papers that prevent them from getting jobs and benefits, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report is the result of a 28-month...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Vietnam: Crackdown on Peaceful Environmental Protesters
Vietnam ’s government should immediately stop all harassment, intimidation, and persecution of environmental activists, said Human Rights Watch today. The government should respect their right to peaceful protest and release anyone still wrongfully held. On the last three Sundays – May 1, 8, and 15...
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Friday, May 13, 2016
Uzbekistan: Massacre's Abusive Aftermath
The United States, European Union, and other international actors should renew their calls for accountability by the Uzbek government 11 years after the Andijan massacre , Human Rights Watch said today. Uzbek government forces killed hundreds of mainly peaceful protesters in the eastern city of...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thailand: UN Review Highlights Junta’s Hypocrisy
The Thai government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to respect human rights and restore democratic rule have been mostly meaningless, Human Rights Watch said today. Thailand appeared before the council for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 11, 2016...
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