We write to you concerning Czech law no. 115/2006 Sb., which addresses registered partnerships and allows same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships. Under Czech law as it stands, registered partnerships are only open to same-sex couples. We have particular concerns with respect to how the law excludes a registered partner from adopting a child.
Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October, 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.
We write in advance of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights pre-sessional review of Kyrgyzstan to highlight expropriation of property in the southern city of Osh as a particular area of concern we hope to see the Committee take up as part of its examination of the Kyrgyz government’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
This memorandum, submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture ahead of its upcoming review of Kazakhstan, highlights areas of concern Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Kazakh government’s compliance with the International Convention against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
A hearing on whether to extend the pretrial detention of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist is expected during the week of October 20, 2014. Leyla Yunus, who is in ailing health, has been held since July 30 and her husband, Arif, also ailing, since August 5, both on politically motivated charges.