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Children and Families Sent to Harm by the US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

The 103-page report, “‘Like I’m Drowning’: Children and Families Sent to Harm by the US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program,” is a joint investigation by Human Rights Watch, Stanford University’s Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program, and Willamette University’s Child and Family Advocacy Clinic. Children and adults interviewed described being sexually assaulted, abducted for ransom, extorted, robbed at gunpoint, and subjected to other crimes under the US Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), known as the “Remain in Mexico” program. In many cases, they said these attacks occurred immediately after US authorities sent them to Mexico to await US immigration court hearings on their asylum applications, or as they returned from hearings. Witnesses said that Mexican immigration officers or police committed some of these crimes.

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  • The Torture of Children in Turkey

    Helsinki Watch has documented scores of cases of torture in Turkey since 1982, and Turkish lawyers who represent detainees claim that police routinely torture between 80 and 90 percent of political suspects and about 50 percent of ordinary criminal suspects, including children.
  • Human Rights Violations by the Government of Zviad Gamsakhurdia

    Helsinki Watch has sent two fact-finding missions to Georgia in recent months that have documented severe violations of human rights on the part of the Gamsakhurdia government, including violations of freedom of speech and the press, violations of the right to free assembly, the imprisonment of political opponents, some of
  • An Observer's Report

    The trial of nine Salvadoran army soldiers and officers accused in the November 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter took place in San Salvador on September 26-28, 1991, in front of a host of international observers including Americas Watch.
  • A decade ago, on December 4, 1981, the South African government declared that the Ciskei, an arbitrarily defined area in the south east of the country, had joined three other "national states" in receiving "independence." No other state recognizes the independence of Ciskei or of the other homelands.
  • Torture and Police Killings in Buenos Aires

    While torture by the police in Argentina is viewed as a serious problem by its citizens, and efforts have been made to curb its use, it is still widespread.
  • Next Court Session Set for February 20th

    The Cairo-based Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) was ordered dissolved by an administrative decree dated June 15, 1991. The action was taken pursuant to the 1964 Law of Associations which regulates private voluntary organizations in Egypt. AWSA actively promotes women's rights in Egypt and the Arab world.
  • A Personal Statement by Dr Mohamed Mostafa Mandour

    Dr. Mohamed Mandour, an Egyptian medical doctor and psychiatrist, was administratively detained by the Egyptian security authorities for sixteen days in February 1991. He was brought from his home after midnight to State Security Intelligence headquarters at Lazoughly, Cairo.
  • The United States imprisons more than a million of its citizens at any given time, a larger number than anyother country. After visits to more than twenty institutions in the U.S.

  • The Tragedy of the Remaining Palestinian Families in Kuwait

  • Human Rights Violations Since the November Cease-fire

    On November 28, 1990, Liberia's warring factions signed a cease-fire agreement, theoretically ending 11 months of fighting that had ravaged the country.
  • Human rights abuses are persistent and chronic in Northern Ireland, affecting Protestants and Catholics alike, and are committed by both security forces and paramilitary groups in violation of international standards.
  • Violence Against Women in Brazil

    The Brazilian government is failing to prosecute violence against women in the home fully and fairly.