Iran: New President Should Confront Rights Abuses
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2d ago
Click to expand Image Iran's president Masoud Pezeshkian greets supporters in Tehran, July 6, 2024.  © 2024 AP Photo / Vahid Salemi (Beirut) – Incoming Iranian President Masoud Pezeshkian should confront widespread rights violations by government agencies, including Iran’s security forces and the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 5, 2024, Pezeshkian defeated Saeed Jalili in the second round of Iran’s presidential elections.  “Incoming Iranian President Masoud Pezeshkian should confront Iran’s egregious human rights abuses, including alarming rates of executions ..read more
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In Guinea, Fears of Torture of Forcibly Disappeared Opponents
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2d ago
Click to expand Image Oumar Sylla, known as Foniké Mengué, at the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution headquarters in Conakry, Guinea, May 2022. © 2022 Private On the evening of July 9, three members of the opposition coalition, National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (Front national pour la défense de la Constitution, FNDC), Oumar Sylla, (known as Foniké Menguè), Mamadou Billo Bah, and Mohamed Cissé, were watching football at Menguè’s home in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, when security forces forced their way in, arbitrarily detained the men, and transferred them t ..read more
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Lithuania: Don’t Leave Global Ban on Cluster Munitions
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3d ago
Click to expand Image Lithuania’s representative signing the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, Norway on December 3, 2008. © 2008 Gunnar Mjaugedal/Catchlight.no (Berlin) – Lithuania’s parliament should reject a government proposal to withdraw from the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said today. If approved, Lithuania would be the first country to leave the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which 112 countries have ratified.   “Lithuania’s lawmakers should reject this ill-considered proposal and reaffirm their support for the Convention on Cluster Munit ..read more
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‘Dark Day’ in Malawi for Rights of LGBT People
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3d ago
Click to expand Image A young transgender woman at a friend’s house seeking temporary shelter in Lilongwe, Malawi.  © 2018 Human Rights Watch Malawi’s Constitutional Court on June 28 rejected a legal challenge to the penal code that makes same-sex conduct a criminal offense. The decision contradicts fundamental rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, protected under international human rights law. The three-member judicial panel dismissed an application from Jan Willen Akster, a Dutch citizen, and Jana Gonani ..read more
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Russia’s July 8 Attack on a Children’s Hospital in Ukraine
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4d ago
Click to expand Image Emergency services work at the site of Okhmatdyt children’s hospital hit by Russian missiles, in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 8, 2024.  © 2024 AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka (Kyiv) - Russian forces’ strikes on multiple cities in Ukraine on July 8, 2024, killed at least 42 civilians, including five children, and injured at least 190, according to Ukrainian authorities. The attacks also caused significant damage to vital infrastructure, including the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in Kyiv, the country’s largest children’s hospital. The hospital’s director told the UN Security Counci ..read more
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UN Rights Council Takes Big Step for Treaty on Free Education
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4d ago
Click to expand Image A pupil at a free government pre-primary school, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, November 2022. © 2022 Bede Sheppard / Human Rights Watch The United Nation’s preeminent human rights body, the Human Rights Council, today forged a new path for millions of children who have so far been blocked from education by its costs. The council approved a proposal advanced by Luxembourg, the Dominican Republic, and Sierra Leone, and cosponsored by 29 other states, to establish a working group of countries to consider and draft a new treaty explicitly recognizing every child’s right to early ..read more
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UAE: Unfair Trial, Unjust Sentences
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4d ago
Click to expand Image Ahmed Mansoor plays with his children as he speaks to Reuters in Dubai November 30, 2011. © 2011 REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro (Beirut) – The convictions of at least 44 defendants in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) mass trial of at least 84 human rights defenders and political dissidents were based on a fundamentally unfair trial, a coalition of human rights groups said today. On July 10, 2024, the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court meted out sentences ranging from between 15 years to life in prison in the UAE’s second largest unfair mass trial. In December 2023, while h ..read more
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EU Should Add Xinjiang, Aluminum to Forced Labor Database
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by Human Rights Watch
4d ago
Click to expand Image A guard stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein On Tuesday, the United States government added aluminum to its list of priority sectors for the enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The law aims to block any good made in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region tainted by state-imposed forced labor from entering the US market. The US decision aligns with the findings of Human Rights Watch’s 2024 report “Asleep at the Wheel ..read more
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Zimbabwe: Army Commander Threatens Election Integrity
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4d ago
Click to expand Image Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (3rd R) inspects the guard of honor at the country's 43rd Independence Day celebrations held in Mount Darwin, Mashonaland Central province, on April 18, 2023.  © 2023 JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images (Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe’s army commander has openly stated that the country’s security forces intend to play a partisan political role, threatening future elections and those participating in them, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 29, 2024, the Zimbabwe National Army commander, Lt. General Anselem Sanyatwe, was quo ..read more
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Burkina Faso: Journalist, Junta Critics Feared Disappeared
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5d ago
Click to expand Image Serge Oulon signing his books at the Norbert Zongo press center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, October 2023. © 2023 Private (Nairobi) – Burkina Faso authorities should urgently investigate and publicly report on the whereabouts of a journalist and two prominent critics of the country’s military junta, Human Rights Watch said today. The abductions since June 18 of Serge Oulon, director of an investigative newspaper, Adama Bayala, and Kalifara Séré, both working as television commentators, raise concerns about enforced disappearances and possible unlawful conscriptions ..read more
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