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Recent Corrections

  • The June 21, 2019 news release, "ILO: New Treaty to Protect Workers from Violence, Harassment" has been corrected to clarify that the US voted for the convention, but not the recommendation, which provides further guidance on the measures required under the convention. 

  • This report has been corrected to delete the amount of European Union-provided funding indicated in the approved 2018 budget for Nicaragua’s national police; the earlier version relied on information contained in a congressional amendment to the budget.

    The June 19, 2019 report, "Crackdown in Nicaragua: Torture, Ill-Treatment, and Prosecutions of Protesters and Opponents" has been corrected to rectify that the 15 cases of prosecutions marred by abuses that Human Rights Watch documented included individuals who joined protests in seven cities, not six.

  • A previous version of this dispatch stated that Gautam was freed on bail on June 13; it has been updated to reflect that he is still in custody.

  • An earlier version of this article stated that anti-Semitic attacks in Germany rose by 20% from 2017 to 2018. The text has been updated to reflect that in Germany in 2018, anti-Semitic crimes, which include hate speech, rose by 20%, according to government data. According to the same data, there were 62 violent anti-Semitic attacks, compared to 37 in 2017.

  • The May 20, 2019 report, "Nothing Left in the Cupboards: Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK" has been corrected to reflect the development that a socio-economic equality duty specific to Scotland came into effect in April 2018, and was not, as earlier stated, still in the legislative process. The report text (page 102) and related footnote (fn 257) have been amended.

  • An earlier version of this publication:

    • Incorrectly said that posts by Yuri Pavlovets, Dmitri Alimkin, and Sergei Shiptenko speculated that Belarus faced a threat from Russia similar to the Russian intervention in Ukraine. 
    • Incorrectly stated that it was while they were giving their lecture that Pavel Nikulin and Jan Potarsky were arrested.
    • Stated that Kanstantin Zhukouski’s attackers had stopped his car. This detail has now been omitted.
    • Incorrectly identified Anatol Bukas as chief editor of 
    • Did not note in response to the fake bomb message falsely attributed to Andrei Pavuk, staff were evacuated from a local government building. This detail has been added.
  • In the initial publication of this report on May 2, 2019, Human Rights Watch stated that the IJOP app used a “facial recognition functionality by Face++” to “check whether the photo on the ID matches the person’s face or for cross-checking pictures on two different documents.”  Megvii, the owner of Face++, told Human Rights Watch on May 1, 2019 that it had no relationship with IJOP, a statement we included in our report. Megvii contacted Human Rights Watch again on May 27, telling us that the Face++ account contained in the IJOP application code was never actively used, based on their own analysis of their access logs.  Human Rights Watch has since confirmed that the Face++ code in the IJOP app, which was in the log-in function, was inoperable. We are grateful to Brunswick Group, which speaks for Megvii, for calling this to our attention. As Face++ seems not to have collaborated in the version of the IJOP app Human Rights Watch examined, we have decided not to highlight its name in our recommendation section, although we believe our recommendations are pertinent to any company providing public security technology operating in Xinjiang.

  • On April 15, 2019, a woman was stabbed and killed as she resisted a rape attempt in Chattogram district. The date was misstated in an earlier version of this news release.

  • An earlier version of this press release incorrectly stated that the punishment imposed for lesbian sex was 100 lashes with a whip. The actual punishment is 40 lashes.

    An earlier version of this press release incorrectly reported abortion as a crime punishable by death by stoning. Abortion is punishable by fine and imprisonment. 

  • University officials gave the 18 students who publish Suara USU (USU News) just 48 hours to shut down and vacate the newsroom. The number of students who write for Suara USU was misstated in an earlier version of this article. 

    Update: In July 2019, the Suara USU publisher Yael Stefany Sinaga and chief editor Widiya Hastuti filed a lawsuit against USU university president, Runtung Sitempu, challenging the closure of Suara USU. On November 14, the Medan administrative court rejected the lawsuit, ruling that the university president has authority over education, research and public services on the campus.