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Recent Corrections

  • What Military Target Was in My Brother’s House

    An earlier version of this report stated that Amnesty International researchers found the remnants of a laser-guided bomb at the site of the Sawan airstrike. That was incorrect, the remnants were found at an earlier airstrike in the same neighborhood. The report has been corrected to remove reference to the bomb.

    In an earlier caption of an image in the Abs/Kholan Prison section, we misidentified the remains of Abs/Kholan prison as the home of Omar Ali Farjain. The caption has been corrected accordingly.

  • Dispatches: UN’s Responsibility to Darfur’s Rape Victims

    A dispatch released on Oct 27, 2015 incorrectly said that the UN Security Council was meeting to discuss a report from the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur that very day. The council was actually meeting to discuss the report the next day, Oct 28, 2015. 

  • US: Obama Should Veto Defense Bill

    An earlier version of this press release stated that the president has until October 17 to veto the bill or it becomes law. In fact, the President must either veto or sign the bill into law within 10 days (excluding Sundays) of Congress sending him the bill. The press release has been changed to reflect this. 

  • UAE: Reveal Whereabouts of Academic

    This press release originally incorrectly stated that Nasser bin Ghaith, an academic, was detained on August 19, 2015. He was detained on August 18. 

  • “Complicit in Exclusion”

    In the August 18, 2015 report, “Explicit Exclusion,” the organization Sign Language Education and Development requested Human Rights Watch remove a quote attributed to the organization on page 58. Human Rights Watch was informed that the quote reflects the organization’s experience with caregivers in school hostels, not teachers.

    The Acknowledgments page was updated to acknowledge Advocate Bokankatla Malatji, disability rights commissioner, Lindiwe Mokate, basic education commissioner, and Omolara Akintoye, of the South African Human Rights Commission; and Nadi Albino, Director of Education, UNICEF South Africa.  

  • “Today We Shall All Die”

    The original version of this report has been corrected and supplemented to reflect the correct name of Najibullah Najib (originally referred to as “Najibullah Kapisa”), the identification of Officer Zainab as a member of the Takhar Afghan National police (and not the NDS), and further details relating to the death of Shah Wali, including a document from his brothers attesting to his pre-existing cardiac condition and waiving any claim against the Takhar National Directorate of Security. References have accordingly been changed throughout this report.

  • Indonesia: Security Forces Kill Five in Papua

    An update to this news release, which stated that Yulian Tobai was the sixth fatality related to the December 8, 2014 Enarotali shootings, was incorrect. There are only five confirmed fatalities to the shootings.

  • Rights in Retreat

    Acknowledgments were not included in the original report, "Rights in Retreat, Abuses in Crimea" report published November 17, 2014. The report has now been updated to include an Acknowledgments section.

    The November 2014 report, “Rights in Retreat: Abuses in Crimea,” incorrectly provided the number of cases documented by Human Rights Watch in which Crimean Tatars or pro-Ukraine activists were forcibly disappeared, abducted, or went missing as “at least 15 cases”. The correct number is 14.  

  • Gaza: Airstrike Deaths Raise Concerns on Ground Offensive

    In a news release published on July 22, 2014, Human Rights Watch stated incorrectly that all five members of the Ghannam family killed in an airstrike on their home in Rafah on July 11 were civilians, according to family members and local residents. However, an armed group, the Quds Brigades, has claimed that one of the casualties, Mahmoud Ghannam, 28, was a member. Because Human Rights Watch has been unable to determine his rank or role in the Quds Brigade, his military significance cannot be determined, which is necessary for determining the lawfulness of the attack under the laws of war – so the case has been omitted from the news release.