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Human Rights Watch strives to maintain the highest level of accuracy in our reporting. This includes a commitment to correcting errors or clarifying facts that appear in our publications in a timely fashion. Corrections appear both on this dedicated webpage and at the bottom of the publication that contained the error.

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Recent Corrections

  • July 23, 2020: This report has been updated to include reference to a Just Security report about pushbacks in the Aegean Sea.

  • This news release has been edited to indicate that the Tunisian court sentenced the two men on June 6, 2020.

  • Update 26 June 2020: On June 24, Human Rights Watch became aware of a letter from the General Directorate of the National Police, dated June 12, which had been sent to our Paris office in response to a questionnaire we sent to the Directorate on January 17. However, this office has remained closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic since mid-March. We regret that we were unable to reflect this reply in our report and news release. In his cover note to the detailed reply, Police director Frédéric Veaux affirms that identity checks constitute “an important indicator of the quality of relationships between security forces and the population” and an effective means to combat crime. Veaux also writes that identity checks are governed by a legal framework that ensures the principles of non-discrimination, and that police techniques, ethics, and training have “fully integrated the fight against discrimination.”

  • On page 17 of the report, the age of John A. was corrected to be 13, not 11, at the time of the incident.

  • We have corrected this dispatch to indicate that independent regional media reports about the arrest took place in mid-April.

  • Because of a calculation error, the original news release misstated the percentage of people for whom the UN response plan was able to provide safe water. The correct figure was 7 percent of the estimated need. The news release has been changed to correct the error.

  • This op-ed has been updated to correct the maximum fine for crimes of possessing, buying, storing, or watching non-consensually captured images.

  • The congestion rate in Philippine jails cited in this news release has been corrected to indicate that the figure was from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, not the International Committee of the Red Cross.

  • A quote in this news release has been updated to reflect that Iraq's lawmakers have not done enough to save the lives of women and girls dying at the hands of their families.

  • This news release has been amended to reflect the correct outlet where Natig Isbatov writes.