August 8, 2014

A groundbreaking treaty in Europe; Gaza schools in the war zone; and the reality of Azerbaijan's crackdown on human rights defenders - these were among the most popular posts to Dispatches, our daily forum for breaking human rights news and commentary. You can find all our Dispatches here.

Dispatches: A Step Forward Today in Ending Violence Against Women in Europe

Gauri Van Gulik
While wars in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere grab the attention of the world, a different, everyday struggle rages in Europe...

Dispatches: Gaza's Schools on the Battlefield

Bede Sheppard
On July 30 a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came under attack...

Dispatches: Towering Figures Silenced in Azerbaijan Crackdown

Rachel Denber
Arif Yunus, an Azerbaijani scholar and independent activist, was the first Azerbaijan expert I had ever met. It was 23 years ago, I had just started working for Human Rights Watch and was planning my first trip to Azerbaijan...

Dispatches: No News is Bad news in Hong Kong

Sophie Richardson
Terror, fear, and paranoia: These are some of the factors cited by a founder of the popular Hong Kong news site House News explaining the decision to close the publication...

Dispatches: Greece - Two Years of Aggressive Police Sweeps

Eva CosséToday marks two years of abuses conducted by the Greek police against migrants and asylum seekers in Athens under the Xenios Zeus operation, ironically named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality...


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