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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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Aruna Kashyap and Margaret Worth: Waiving Intellectual Property Rules Key to Beating Covid-19

November 16, 2020 – With two companies, Pfizer and BioNTech, having announced promising early results for a Covid-19 vaccine they are developing, governments in the United States, European Union, and the United Kingdom are racing to prebook hundreds of millions of doses for their own use. But as long as intellectual property rights limit the production of and access […]

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Prop 22 Deprives Gig Workers’ Minimum Wage, Says Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

Los Angeles, November 9, 2020 – The passage of Proposition 22 in California is a blow to the rights of gig workers, effectively stripping them of the state’s minimum wage guarantee, paid sick leave, and other protections, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement today. Prop 22, a ballot initiative that […]

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REPORT: Elections Officials Pandemic Response Impaired Right to Vote in Primary Elections

Washington, DC, September 22, 2020 – Responses by election officials in the United States to the Covid-19 pandemic seriously impaired some people’s ability to vote in primary elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Election officials need to ensure that every method of voting allowed in their state is easy to access […]