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Recent Corrections

  • This report has been updated to reflect that the Al Hassan case before the International Criminal Court is the first case in which the court charged the crime against humanity of gender persecution, but not the only case. 

  • 9/7/2023: An earlier version of this news release stated that Lebanon accepted recommendations to repeal article 534 during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2021, which has been corrected to reflect that Lebanon did not accept such recommendations.

  • 8/29/2023: This news release has been updated to reflect the updated spelling of the al-Nawwariyyah neighborhood. 

  • An earlier version of this dispatch stated that the humanitarian visas were allocated by the Australian federal government in 2021, which has been corrected to reflect that the visas were allocated in 2022.

  • An earlier version of this dispatch stated the floods killed 15,000 people and has been corrected to reflect that this number includes those killed and injured.

  • This article has been adjusted to accurately reflect the current status of countries with glyphosate bans or restrictions.

  • We clarified the text to reflect that Bazoum was the fourth elected president of Niger since independence from French colonial rule.  

  • 7/26/2023: The title of this statement has been updated to reflect both international and regional organizations' support of the Declaration. 

  • This document has corrected the year when Ibadoghlu started living in exile.

  • Correction text posted on 9/6/23:

    The question for the initial map relating to women’s mobility within the country has been edited from “Can women leave their homes without guardian permission?” to “Can women leave their homes without permission from their husband or other guardian without facing possible sanction?” This was to provide further clarity to reflect that the map looks at countries where authorities provided for sanctions that can be imposed on women who leave the home without permission from their husband or other guardian. The map and the report details countries that have personal status or family laws that specifically relate to how women can be denied spousal maintenance if they leave or move out of the home without their husbands’ permission. It also looks beyond the personal status and family laws to other sanctions such as where authorities allow male guardians to report women for ‘absence’ from their homes, which can lead to their arrest and forcible return home or administrative detention. 



    Following publication of the report on July 18, 2023, Human Rights Watch received two further responses by authorities in Bahrain on August 1, 2023 and Tunisia on August 10, 2023 to our letters directed to them in June. These responses contain no information that would necessitate changes to the report. The letters on Bahrain and Tunisia can be found in the appendix of the report for further information. Human Rights Watch is grateful to the authorities for their responses.