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- Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
A Human Rights Watch investigation uncovered dangerous child labor on US tobacco farms. Our work led to tobacco giant Altria’s policy prohibiting suppliers from hiring children under the age of 16.
Human Rights Watch shared in the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to establish the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty that protects civilians from the brutality of weapons that maim and kill indiscriminately.
Human Rights Watch worked to convince the Netherlands to reform its gender recognition law. These policy changes helped to improve the dignity of transgender people throughout the country.
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By exposing the actions of those in power, we apply global pressure to end human rights violations. We investigate abuses and make detailed recommendations to governments, international institutions, corporations, and policymakers that translate into concrete change in people’s lives.
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We take into consideration the severity of the abuses being committed, the numbers of those affected, regional and global impact, and our potential to effectively contribute and bring about change. The more resources we have, the more lives we can improve worldwide.
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