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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
July 9, 2015
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Asia

Dispatches: Unhappy Birthday, South Sudan

By Iain Levine

On the 4th anniversary of its independence from the north, South Sudan is experiencing another conflict. Arguably even more brutal than the 1990s war of independence, this conflict is also characterized by killings of civilians, sexual violence, forced displacement, recruitment of children, and many other crimes.

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Interview: Lives on Hold for the Dominican Republic’s Haitian Minority

A crisis in the Dominical Republic is coming to a boil, as tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent are in danger of being expelled to Haiti or of facing lives of effective second-class citizenship in the Dominican Republic, without the documents they need for their daily lives. Human Rights Watch fellow and Dominican citizen, Celso Perez, talks about his report.

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Dispatches: The Witch Hunt Against ‘Undesirables’

By Tanya Lokshina

Yesterday, the Russian parliament’s upper chamber took a step toward banning 12 nongovernmental organizations – including some leading American philanthropic institutions active in Russia for many years – under the brand new law on “undesirable organizations.”

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Tunisia: Emergency Shouldn’t Trump Rights

Tunisia’s security challenges may call for a strong response, but not for sacrificing the rights that Tunisians fought hard to guarantee in their post-revolution constitution.

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New US Policy of Little Help to Central American Families

By Bill Frelick
LA Times

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced recently that US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement would finally discontinue long-term detention of families who have established eligibility for asylum. He went on to say: “Our larger hope is that Central American families will heed our repeated calls to find a safe and lawful path for the migration of children to the United States.” But families will have to look really hard to find this safe and lawful path.

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