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Recent Corrections

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.  

  • Hacking Team provided further comment to this release, which can be found here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • The July 2014 report Illusion of Justice did not acknowledge Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College, for her input and support. The report has been updated to include Theoharis in the acknowledgements.

  • Human Rights Watch’s May 2014 report “Shattered Dreams” in the Methodology section omitted a number of civil society actors that were interviewed for the report. The list has now been completed by including Provivienda, Housing Rights Watch-FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless), member organizations of the Taula d’entitats del Tercer Sector Social de Catalunya, and ClinHab, a legal clinic consultation service at the University of Barcelona’s law school, as well as economists on page 12. Mr Guillem Fernàndez of Housing Rights Watch-FEANTSA was also added to the Acknowledgements section on page 81.