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Recent Corrections

  • Ukraine: Dangers, Unnecessary Delays at Crossing Points

    The February 17, 2017 report incorrectly stated that there was no procedure in place to allow people to apply for an emergency e-pass if it is needed for family emergency or other extraordinary situations, however this only pertains to medical emergency or other extraordinary situations. Additionally, the crossing points are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer, instead of closing at 10 p.m. 

  • Indonesia’s Religious Minorities Under Threat

    An earlier version of this news release misstated the calendar year for the Setara Institute’s documentation of incidents of violence linked to the FPI. The news release has been changed to reflect this.


  • A Glimmer of Light for Transgender People in Ukraine

    A January 27, 2017 dispatch incorrectly stated that under a revised protocol transgender people in Ukraine would be required to get a divorce and to submit to observation by a sexologist for a period of one year to determine their degree of “social adaptation.”

  • Grounds for Concern

    The title for Nicolin Christian, attaché in the litigation and legal support office of the Belgian Interior Ministry’s Public Federal Services, has been corrected on Page 53 of the report in English, Page 65 in Dutch and Page 63 in French. An earlier version of the report incorrectly referred to him as director of the Belgian federal police litigation and legal support office.

  • Every 25 Seconds

    A correction has been made to page 67 of the report in order to more accurately reflect Human Rights Watch’s data analysis. The updated version includes the sentence, "Based on these extrapolations, the data suggests that in Texas in 2015, over 78 percent of people sentenced to incarceration for felony drug possession in Texas were convicted of a state jail felony." An earlier version of the report stated: "Based on these extrapolations, the data suggests that in Texas in 2015, over 78 percent of defendants convicted of felony drug possession were sentenced to incarceration for a state jail felony.”

    A correction has been made to page 147 of the report. An earlier version incorrectly referred to Senator Rand Paul as a senator from Wyoming rather than Kentucky. The report has been changed to reflect this.

  • Israel/Palestine: FIFA Sponsoring Games on Seized Land

    Due to an error in locating GPS coordinates on a map provided by the Israeli military authorities, a previous version of this report erroneously stated that the playing field in Ma’aleh Adumim was built on private land that had been expropriated by the Israeli authorities. In fact, the Ma’aleh Adumim field is on land that was expropriated by the Jordanian authorities in 1966 and passed to Israeli control in 1967. 

    Although the Jordanian authorities originally seized the land, it came under Israeli control when Israel became the occupying power in 1967. The Israeli authorities then used the land for their own purposes to build the playing field. International humanitarian law allows an occupying power to use land in the occupied territory for its military needs or for the benefit of the population living under occupation only. Human Rights Watch has found that the Israeli construction and control of the Ma’aleh Adumim field, like the other playing fields in the settlements, did not meet that standard and that such construction therefore violates international humanitarian law. 

  • Thailand: Impending Verdict for Labor Researcher

    9/18: The original news release mistakenly listed that Hall had been charged with criminal sedition. He had actually been charged with criminal defamation.

    9/19: The original news release stated that government prosecutors joined the defamation case against Hall. The National Fruit Company Limited actually filed a petition with the Bangkok criminal court directly; they accepted the case and then charged him under the Computer Crimes Act. 

  • Syria/Russia: Incendiary Weapons Burn in Aleppo, Idlib

    An earlier version of this news release misstated the time period for the recent incendiary weapon attacks recorded in Aleppo and Idlib in Syria. Incendiary weapons have been used at least 18 times over the past nine, not six, weeks. The news release has been changed to reflect this.