Articles by Human Rights Watch

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Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today [21 January 2019]. The EU and Italy’s support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya.

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Brazil: Pesticide Poisonings in Rural Areas
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

20 Jul 2018 –The Failing Response to Pesticide Drift in Brazil’s Rural Communities – Ordinary Brazilians Suffer Health Effects, Retaliation for Speaking Out

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Israel: Gaza Killings Unlawful, Calculated
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

3 Apr 2018 – Senior Israeli officials who unlawfully called for use of live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrations who posed no imminent threat to life bear responsibility for the killings of 14 demonstrators in Gaza and the injuring of hundreds on March 30, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today.

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US State Department’s Lie about Child Soldiers
Jo Becker | Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

27 Jun 2017 – Dozens of children were part of Burma’s armed forces as recently as last week. In Iraq, children have died fighting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) with Iraqi government military units. But United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored these facts and took Burma and Iraq off the annual list, issued today, that identifies countries that use child soldiers or support militias that do.

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Israel: 50 Years of Occupation Abuses
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2017

4 Jun 2017 – Fifty years after Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it controls these areas through repression, institutionalized discrimination, and systematic abuses of the Palestinian population’s rights. Human Rights Watch has made available online publications dating back to the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Burma Loses a Key Voice for Tolerance
Linda Lakhdhir | Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2017

Murder of U Ko Ni Undermines Fight for an Inclusive Country

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Burma: Rohingya Recount Killings, Rape, and Arson
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

Video Testimony Matches Satellite Images of Attacks

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The Horrors of a Hurricane, Doubled by Statelessness
Skye Wheeler | Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

3 Oct 2016 – My thoughts tonight are with Haitians, but also with the perhaps thousands of stateless people—including children—along Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. They live in make-shift camps constructed from sticks, cardboard and clothes tied or sewn together into tent-like structures. I can’t imagine many worse places to be when a hurricane dumps 40 inches of rain.

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Australia: Appalling Abuse, Neglect of Refugees on Nauru
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

Investigation on Remote Pacific Island Finds Deliberate Abuse Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy – “Few other countries go to such lengths to deliberately inflict suffering on people seeking safety and freedom. Driving adult and even child refugees to the breaking point with sustained abuse appears to be one of Australia’s aims on Nauru.”

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Dispatches: Torture of Australia’s Children
Elaine Pearson | Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

26 Jul 2016 | Abuse of Detained Teenagers Caught on Camera by ABC’s Four Corners Program – Teargassing, hooding, shackling, stripping. Twenty-three hours a day solitary confinement in a hot dark cell. When a 17-year-old threatens to hurt himself, guards hood him, strap him to a chair and leave him alone for two hours.

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Central African Republic: Murder by Peacekeepers
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

7 Jun 2016 – Soldiers from the Republic of Congo killed at least 18 people, including women and children, while serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Discovery of Mass Grave Provides New Evidence

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(Français) République centrafricaine : Des meurtres commis par des soldats de maintien de la paix
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

7 juin 2016 – Des militaires de la République du Congo ont tué au moins 18 personnes, y compris des femmes et des enfants, entre décembre 2013 et juin 2015, alors qu’ils servaient dans les forces de maintien de la paix en République centrafricaine. La découverte d’une fosse commune fournit de nouvelles preuves.

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Tunisia: UN Panel Condemns Forced Anal Exams
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

23 May 2016 – The UN Committee Against Torture condemned the use of forced anal examinations as an attempt to find “proof” against people accused of homosexual conduct in Tunisia, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Indonesia: Child Tobacco Workers Suffer as Firms Profit
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

Thousands of children in Indonesia, some as young as 8 years old, are at the bottom of the supply chain for many multinational and Indonesian tobacco companies. These children are getting exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides. Child tobacco workers can absorb nicotine through their skin, and many suffer nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness – all symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning.

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Kenya: Court to Hear Forced Anal Testing Case
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

A Kenyan court will hear a constitutional petition challenging the use of forced anal examinations of men accused of homosexuality on May 4, 2016. Under international law, forced anal examinations are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

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Nigeria: A Year On, No Word on 300 Abducted Children
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2016

29 Mar 2016 – The Nigerian government should take urgent steps to secure the release of about 400 women and children, including at least 300 elementary school students, abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Damasak a year ago. It is unclear whether the Nigerian government has made any serious effort to secure their release.

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Israel: Businesses Should End Settlement Activity
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

19 Jan 2016 – Businesses should stop operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with Israeli settlements in order to comply with their human rights responsibilities, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Those activities contribute to and benefit from an inherently unlawful and abusive system that violates the rights of Palestinians.

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Russia: Homophobic, Abusive Bill
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2015

Proposes Fines, Jail Time for “Coming Out”

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Tobacco’s Children: Brazil Sets an Example for the U.S.
Margaret Wurth, The Progressive – Human Rights Watch, 9 Nov 2015

Brazil and the United States are among the top five global tobacco producers. The US has no restrictions on children working in tobacco farming, despite many known dangers. But Brazil has banned children under 18 from working on the farms. How do the two countries compare now?

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Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Death Sentence
Adam Coogle, Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

On September 14, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Ali al-Nimr for participating in protests four years ago, when he was 16. The sentence stipulates that he should be beheaded and that his headless body should be crucified for public display.

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Filipino Children Diving, Dying for Gold
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

Boys lowered 75 feet into mine pits, and small children, even 8, 9, or 10-years-old, handling poisonous mercury to separate the gold from the ore. Juliane Kippenberg, associate director of the children’s rights division, talks to Amy Braunschweiger about being at an underwater mine, the vertigo-inducing narrowness of some mine shafts, and the toll this takes on the Philippine children who work in gold mining.

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The Refugee Crisis That Isn’t
Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2015

European leaders may differ about how to respond to the asylum-seekers and migrants surging their way, but they seem to agree they face a crisis of enormous proportions. But before we get carried away by such apocalyptic rhetoric, we should recognize that if there is a crisis, it is one of politics, not capacity.

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Protecting Schools 80 Years after Roerich
Bede Sheppard, Human Rights Watch – Culture of Peace News Network, 3 Aug 2015

The Declaration is a political commitment to do more to protect students, teachers, schools and universities from attack and from military use during times of armed conflict. It calls upon armed forces to refrain from converting schools or universities into military bases, barracks, defensive positions, detention centers, and weapons caches, as well as from harassment, rape, and forced recruitment by the soldiers inside the school.

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World Bank Group: Project Critics Threatened, Harassed, Jailed
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2015

The 144-page report, “At Your Own Risk: Reprisals against Critics of World Bank Group Projects,” details how governments and powerful companies have threatened, intimidated and misused criminal laws against community members who stand to be displaced or harmed by projects financed by the WB and its private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation.

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After the Earthquake – What Nepal Needs
Meenakshi Ganguly – Human Rights Watch, 4 May 2015

The world should step up its help for those affected the Nepal earthquake and ensure its aid protects the rights of the most vulnerable.

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Gambia: Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

New Law Threatens LGBTI Community – “Arresting and torturing people based on their sexual orientation is shameful, and inventing new crimes with even harsher sentences is scandalous. Gambia’s new law not only flouts African human rights obligations, it violates its own constitution, which says that all people must be equal and free from discrimination before the law.”

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Greece – No Excuse for Caging Children
Eva Cossé – Human Rights Watch, 24 Nov 2014

Is it acceptable for children with disabilities to be kept in caged beds? As shocking as it may sound, for the government of Greece the answer appears to be yes. Last Friday [14 Nov 2014], the BBC reported on the horrific plight of children with disabilities living in the Children Care Center of Lechaina, in Southern Greece.

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India: Stop Harassing Anti-Nuclear Protesters
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

Udayakumar, convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy [and of the TRANSCEND Network], was on his way to Nepal on September 16 [2014] to participate in a United Nations consultation on human rights, but was detained and interrogated at the New Delhi airport for over five hours.

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Burma: End ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2013

The 153-page Human Rights Watch report, “‘All You Can Do is Pray’: Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State,” describes the role of the Burmese government and local authorities in the forcible displacement of more than 125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

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Cameroon: Rights Abuses in ‘Homosexuality’ Prosecutions
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2013

No one should be sentenced to prison time because they blurt out a confession to stop torture, or because a judge doesn’t like what they drink, how they dress, or what kind of text messages they send.

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(Français) Cameroun: Violations de Droits Humains Commises dans le Cadre des Poursuites Judiciaires pour «Homosexualité»
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2013

Personne ne devrait être condamné à une peine de prison pour avoir laissé échapper des aveux afin de faire arrêter la torture, ou parce qu’un juge n’aime pas ce qu’ils boivent, la façon dont ils s’habillent ou le type de textos qu’ils envoient. La façon dont la loi est appliquée au Cameroun semble suggérer que si vous êtes soupçonné d’être gay ou lesbienne, les droits humains, par exemple le droit à un procès équitable et le droit à ne pas être torturé, n’ont plus cours.

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Human Rights Watch London Film Festival
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2013

19 Films Bear Witness, Challenge Viewers to Seek Justice – The 17th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13 to 22, 2013.

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Human Rights – World Report 2013
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2013

This 23rd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2012. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.

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Eritrea: Hear No Evil
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2013

Eritrea is a pariah state that crushes repression. It even sends its many people into a forced labor system, often for years. The government attracted international investors with its mineral reserves and its first mine, a joint venture with the Canadian firm Nevsun Resources, has produced hundreds of millions of dollars’ in gold since 2011. Other companies from Canada, Australia, and China are also developing projects in Eritrea. We uncovered evidence that some mine construction workers – supplied by Segun, a government-owned company – were forced laborers.

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Ban ‘Killer Robots’ Before It’s Too Late
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2012

Fully Autonomous Weapons Would Increase Danger to Civilians – These future weapons, sometimes called “killer robots,” would be able to choose and fire on targets without human intervention.

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US: Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2012

New Accounts of Waterboarding, Other Water Torture, Abuses in Secret Prisons – The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today [6 Sep 2012].

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India: End Intimidation of Peaceful Protesters at Nuclear Site
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2012

Indian authorities should drop sedition cases against peaceful protesters opposed to the construction of a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu state. At least 3,500 people are facing police investigations into allegations of sedition and “waging war” against the state for protesting against the plant in Kudankulam. Human Rights Watch urged the Indian parliament to repeal the colonial-era sedition law, which has frequently been used by authorities around the country to silence dissent.

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Sri Lanka: UN Experts Submit Report
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2011

The report by a panel of experts to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on April 12, 2011, about laws-of-war violations in Sri Lanka should be used to pave the way for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Ban commissioned the report in May 2010 after the Sri Lankan government failed to investigate violations committed in the final months of its decades-long conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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Sri Lanka: Groups Decline to Testify Before Flawed Commission
Human Rights Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2010

Three leading international organizations will not accept an invitation to testify before a Sri Lankan government commission because it lacks the ability to advance accountability for war crimes, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and Amnesty International said in a joint letter to Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission that was released today [14 Oct 2010].

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