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Unlawful Detention and Abuse in Unauthorized Places of Detention in Uganda

The 62-page report, “‘I Only Need Justice’: Unlawful Detention and Abuse in Unauthorized Places of Detention in Uganda,” documents enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, and other ill-treatment by the police, army, military intelligence, and Uganda’s domestic intelligence body, the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), most in unlawful places of detention in 2018, 2019, and around the January 2021 general elections.

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  • Executions and Enforced Disappearances in Afghanistan under the Taliban

    The 25-page report, “‘No Forgiveness for People Like You,’ Executions and Enforced Disappearances in Afghanistan under the Taliban,” documents the killing or disappearance of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) – military personnel, police, intelligence service members, and militia – who had s

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  • Suspicious Killings and Extrajudicial Executions by Egyptian Security Forces

    The 101-page report, “‘Security Forces Dealt with Them’: Suspicious Killings and Extrajudicial Executions by Egyptian Security Forces,” found that the alleged armed militants killed in the so-called shootouts did not pose an imminent danger to security forces or others when they were killed and in many cases had already

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  • A Decade of Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh

    The 57-page report, “‘Where No Sun Can Enter’: A Decade of Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh,” finds that, despite credible and consistent evidence that Bangladesh security forces routinely commit enforced disappearances, the ruling Awami League has ignored calls by donor governments, the UN, human rights organizatio

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  • United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse

    The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador.

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  • Repression Under Saudi Crown Prince Tarnishes Reforms

    This report documents ongoing arbitrary and abusive practices by Saudi authorities targeting dissidents and activists since mid-2017 and total lack of accountability for those responsible for abuses.

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  • Abuses under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act

    This report documents previous and ongoing abuses committed under the PTA, including torture and sexual abuse, forced confessions, and systematic denials of due process.

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  • Sexual Violence against Rohingya Women and Girls in Burma

    This report documents the Burmese military’s gang rape of Rohingya women and girls and further acts of violence, cruelty, and humiliation. Many women described witnessing the murders of their young children, spouses, and parents.

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  • Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey

    This report details credible evidence of 11 cases of serious abuse in detention, involving scores of individuals, all but one within the past seven months.

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  • Torture and Unlawful Military Detention in Rwanda

    This report documents unlawful detention in military camps and widespread and systematic torture by the military.

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  • Torture and National Security in al-Sisi's Egypt

    This report documents how security forces, particularly officers of the Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency, use torture to force suspects to confess or divulge information, or to punish them.

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  • Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US

    This report examines the physical and psychological damage caused by medically unnecessary surgery on intersex people, who are born with chromosomes, gonads, sex organs, or genitalia that differ from those seen as socially typical for boys and girls.

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  • Extrajudicial Executions in Western Rwanda

    This report details how military, police and auxiliary security units, sometimes with the assistance of local civilian authorities, apprehended suspected petty offenders and summarily executed them. Two men were killed by civilians after local authorities encouraged residents to kill thieves.

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  • Secret Detentions and Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh

    This report found that at least 90 people were victims of enforced disappearance in 2016 alone. While most were produced in court after weeks or months of secret detention, Human Rights Watch documented 21 cases of detainees who were later killed, and nine others whose whereabouts remain unknown. 

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  • India’s Failure to End Killings in Police Custody

    This report examines police disregard for arrest regulations, custodial deaths from torture, and impunity for those responsible.

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  • Detention and Torture in the Chinese Communist Party’s Shuanggui System

    This report details abuses against shuanggui detainees, including prolonged sleep deprivation, being forced into stress positions for extended periods of time, deprivation of water and food, and severe beatings. Detainees are also subject to solitary and incommunicado detention in unofficial detention facilities.

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