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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

  • An earlier version stated that the Party Congress to be held in January will be the 7th session in the country's history. It has been corrected to reflect that January's session will be the 8th. 

  • This dispatch was corrected to remove a reference to Dubai, since Juan Carlos I's exact location within the UAE has not been confirmed.

  • The headline of this dispatch has been updated to reflect that one of the murdered activists was stabbed, not shot.

  • Correction: The report incorrectly stated that “mobile units” of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) had not operated during much of 2019 and 2020. It was corrected to clarify that “extramural teams” run by the Ministry of Health have not operated during that period.

  • Dull had warned in June that the paper's independence was in danger of editorial interference by Orban's government; he moved the website's "Freedom Barometer," created in 2018 by the previous editor-in-chief, to "in danger." Dull stressed that Index's future operation hinged on editorial independence and a lack of outside interference in staffing decisions.

    July 24, 2020: This press release has been updated to clarify that the Freedom Barometer was initially created by Index's previous editor-in-chief.

  • This news release has been updated with Hussein Ali Moussa's correct age.

  • 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.