• Jun 11, 2015
    The first European Games will open in Azerbaijan on June 12, 2015, in an atmosphere of government repression unprecedented in the post-Soviet era.
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  • Jun 11, 2015
    The Lithuanian justice minister’s blanket rejection of a gender neutral bill to allow civil partnerships contravenes European standards, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis released today. The minister was reacting to a proposed civil partnership bill by nine members of parliament from the Social Democratic and Liberal Parties.
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  • Jun 10, 2015
    A quasi-official Chechen media outlet has issued apparent death threats against a veteran Russian investigative journalist, Human Rights Watch said today. The Russian authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent threats.
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  • Jun 9, 2015
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to mark UN concern at the highest level about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and press for concrete improvements.
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  • Jun 8, 2015
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  • Jun 4, 2015
    Uzbek police detained a human rights activist on May 31, 2015, and subjected her to cruel and degrading treatment during an 18-hour interrogation about her work on forced labor, Human Rights Watch said today. Police and doctors forcibly sedated Elena Urlaeva and then subjected her to a body cavity search, x-rays, and other abuse.
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  • Jun 3, 2015
    Three leading international rights groups, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Front Line Defenders, issued a joint statement today calling on Russia to protect human rights defenders in Chechnya, and stop any harassment and intimidation by officials.
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  • Jun 3, 2015
    A criminal investigation has been opened against a Turkish newspaper and its editor for reporting on a matter of public interest. It is the latest assault on media that challenge the government, days before Turkey’s June 7, 2015 general election. The investigation should be dropped immediately.
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  • Jun 1, 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should tell visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that closer ties between Germany and Egypt require addressing pervasive human rights violations by his government, Human Rights Watch and four other international rights organizations said in a June 1, 2015 letter to the chancellor. President al-Sisi is scheduled to confer with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin on June 3.
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  • Jun 1, 2015
    US Vice President Joe Biden should urge Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucić to take concrete steps to advance human rights protection, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Biden released today. Biden and Vucić will meet this week in Washington, DC.
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