• Nov 20, 2014

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to register as such. This list tracks the legal consequences of the law on dozens of NGOs.

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  • Nov 17, 2014

    Russian and local authorities have severely curtailed human rights protections in Crimea since Russia began its occupation of the peninsula in February 2014.

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  • Nov 17, 2014
    The United Kingdom House of Lords should amend a draft law on “modern slavery” to include protections from abuse for migrant domestic workers. The upper chamber of the UK parliament is scheduled to begin its review of the bill on November 17, 2014.
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  • Nov 10, 2014
    Evidence of the use of incendiary weapons in Ukraine and Syria highlights the need for stricter law to govern these weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
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  • Nov 4, 2014
    Kurdish children from the Syrian city of Kobani (or Ain al-`Arab in Arabic) were tortured and abused while detained by Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Four children gave detailed accounts of the suffering they endured while held for four months with about 100 other children.
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  • Oct 30, 2014
    The Spanish government should immediately drop its plans to provide a legal basis for summary returns from its enclaves in North Africa, 13 human rights groups said today.
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  • Oct 28, 2014
    An Almaty court awarded thousands of dollars in damages against an advertising agency for a poster depicting two male cultural icons kissing. The draconian ruling on October 28, 2014 will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and creativity in Kazakhstan and condones homophobia and prejudice.
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  • Oct 28, 2014
    United Nations member countries should use an upcoming UN review of Kazakhstan’s rights record to urge its government to adopt overdue reforms. Kazakhstan’s rights record will be in international spotlight during the country’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on October 30, 2014.
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  • Oct 23, 2014
    Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7.
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  • Oct 22, 2014
    President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan.
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