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Oil Refinery Fire in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

Washington, August 25, 2023 – A fire erupted on August 25, 2023, at an oil refinery in St. John the Baptist Parish, in the heart of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. Human Rights Watch has been investigating the threats to human rights associated with the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry in Cancer Alley, which local residents call an “environmental and public […]

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Investigation Launches into Forcible Transfer of Children in Ukraine

April 6, 2023 – Yesterday, the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) initiated an investigation into the forcible transfer of children within parts of Ukraine temporarily controlled by Russia, and deportations to the Russian Federation. Thousands of Ukrainian children may be in Russian hands, including children from residential institutions that fell under Russian occupation, and children who […]

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Lebanon: Victims’ Families Despair as Blast Suspects Freed

Beirut, January 25, 2023 – Lebanon’s general prosecutor on January 25, 2022, ordered the release of all suspects detained in connection with the catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The unprecedented move amid rampant political interference bypasses the ongoing criminal investigation into the explosion. […]

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Attack on Democratic Institutions in Brazil: Statement by Human Rights Watch

January 8, 2023 –  The acts of violence and vandalism that took place in Brasilia on January 8, 2023, constitute an abhorrent attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions by people who are seeking to deny the right of Brazilians to vote for and elect the leaders of their choice, including by urging military intervention, Human Rights […]

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Israel: Free French-Palestinian Rights Worker, Says Human Rights Watch

Jerusalem, August 16, 2022 – Israeli authorities should immediately release the French-Palestinian human rights worker Salah Hamouri from administrative detention and reverse the decision to revoke his residency status in his native Jerusalem, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 7, Israeli authorities detained Hamouri, a lawyer who works with the Palestinian prisoner rights group […]

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Russia: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War

Berlin, April 28, 2022 – Russian authorities should stop broadcasting programs featuring images of and interviews with captured Ukrainian soldiers that expose them to public curiosity, Human Rights Watch said today. Such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs, violates protections under the Geneva Conventions intended to ensure dignified treatment of captured combatants on all sides. “Russian […]

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Minky Worden: Chinese Tennis Star’s Disappearance Is Warning for Olympics

November 18, 2021 – Three-time Olympian Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is missing.  The hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai is trending globally, and world tennis champions Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic voiced fears about the 35-year-old star’s whereabouts.  On November 2, Peng said on social media that she had been sexually assaulted, forced into a sexual […]

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Israel/Palestine: Designation of Palestinian Rights Groups as Terrorists Is an Attack on the Human Rights Movement

New York, October 22, 2021 – The Israeli Defense Ministry on October 19, 2021, issued a military order declaring six Palestinian civil society organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to be “terrorist organizations.” The groups are Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian […]

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Africa: Covid-19 Aid Falling Short

Nairobi, October 12, 2021 – The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said today. Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger […]

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Lebanon: UN Should Set Probe into Beirut Blast, Says Human Rights Watch

Beirut, June 15, 2021 – Member states at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council should establish an international, independent, and impartial investigative mission, such as a one-year fact-finding mission, into the Beirut port explosion of August 4, 2020, 53 Lebanese, regional, and international rights groups and individuals, as well as 62 survivors and families of […]

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Afghanistan: UN Should Ensure Women’s Full Role in Talks

New York, April 7, 2021 – Women should have full participation in the talks between Afghan government officials, opposition political leaders, and the Taliban under United Nations auspices, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights advocates in Afghanistan have raised concerns that women and victims’ organizations will be sidelined in the talks, tentatively scheduled for April 16, […]

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Jordan: Widespread Imprisonment for Debt

Amman, March 16, 2021 – An alarming number of Jordanians end up in prison each year solely for failing to repay their loans, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Imprisonment for debt is a clear violation of international human rights law which few countries impose. In the 47-page report, “‘We Lost Everything’: Debt Imprisonment in Jordan,” Human Rights Watch documents […]

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