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The gunning down of peaceful protesters in Ethiopia. Animations depicting the devastation of Saudi Arabia’s male ‘guardianship’ system on women’s lives. From these to child brides and LGBT rights, here are the year’s most-watched videos from Human Rights Watch on YouTube and Facebook.

1. When we pieced together cell phone footage showing the deaths of peaceful protesters in Ethiopia, it became by far our most-watched video this year – both in English and Amharic. 


2. Under Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system, women need a male guardian’s permission to marry, go to school, work, or even undergo certain medical procedures. This holds true even if a guardian – a father, husband, or even son – is abusive. 


3. People who don’t conform to traditional ideas of gender in Sri Lanka face discrimination and abuse. 


4. Thirty-seven percent of girls in Nepal marry before age 18, and 10 percent are married by age 15. 


5. In Saudi Arabia, the permission of male guardians is required for women to be released from prison. 


6. … and to travel. 


7. How LGBT students are bullied in Japan… 


8. A victim shares how he escaped Boko Haram, and talks of those who couldn’t… 


9. This man tells how he was tortured in a CIA-run detention center.  


10. And at number 10, how tobacco companies make money off the backs -- and health -- of Indonesian child workers.


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