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Recent Corrections

  • October 14, 2020

    This piece has been updated to reflect the full list of countries that have resumed arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2020, and identifies the Yemen Data Project as the correct source for one of the statistics mentioned. 

  • October 8, 2020

    In a previous version of this release we stated that Russia has used its veto power in the UN Security Council 15 times to enable Syria to continue using chemical weapons with impunity and to block referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. It has been updated to reflect that Russia has used the veto power 16 times. 

  • September 24, 2020

    This op-ed has been updated to correct the end date of Cameroon’s financial year. The correct end date is December 31.

  • September 14, 2020

    Due to a drafting error relating to one of the report’s recommendations, this report has been updated on September 21, 2020

  • September 9, 2020

    Update (September 16, 2020): The quote from Syed Suhail Bin Syed Zin was added to this article after its initial publication.

    Update (September 8, 2020): The following 17 organizations have also endorsed the statement after its publication, increasing the number of signatories from 31 to 48:

    ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence 

    Are You Syrious?

    ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth

    CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugees)

    Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki

    Generation 2.0 RED

    Greek Housing Network

    InterVolve - Irida Center

    Lesvos Solidarity

    Medecins du Monde – Greece

    Mobile Info Team


    Safe Passage International


    Wave – Thessaloniki

    World Refugee and Migration Council


  • September 9, 2020

    September 9, 2020

    The name of Bahrain's justice minister has been corrected to Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa.

  • September 8, 2020

    The article includes a corrected date for a European Court of Human Rights ruling addressing the transition between female and make genders. The ruling was in 2002, not 2017.

  • September 3, 2020

    This version of the press release has been updated to reflect Mahmoud's age, full list of chronic illnesses, and experience in detention.

  • September 2, 2020

    An earlier version reported compensation had been paid to the family of Bijay Mahara. While the compensation has been announced, it has not yet been received by the victim’s family.

  • August 26, 2020

    This version of the news release has been updated to indicate that the 560 killed during the demonstrations includes protesters and security forces.