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Protect Child Athletes, Ensure Justice for Abuse

Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month and FIFA’s World Cup in Qatar later this year, the international spotlight is on rights abuses surrounding mega-sporting events. That makes 2022 a good year for sports federations worldwide to make…
Residents of the Centre Technique National in Croix-des-Bouquets play in a match on May 12, 2020. Earlier this year, survivors and family members accused Haitian Football Federation president, Yves Jean-Bart, of raping young female players at the center and subjecting them to other abuses. 
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Threats, Assaults, and ‘Less-Lethal Weapons’ Against Peaceful Protesters

The Taliban’s violent crackdown on a women’s rights demonstration in Kabul last weekend marks an alarming and unlawful escalation of efforts to suppress peaceful protest and free speech in Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch spoke with two protesters…
Women protesters demand justice and call for the Taliban to respect women’s rights in Kabul, Afghanistan
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End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups

(Geneva) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution…
The People’s Watch’s building in Madurai, India.
Daily Brief
Taliban rule has been devastating for Afghan women and girls, with many having been turned into virtual prisoners in their homes by the country’s new Islamist rulers’ policies. Despite promises to the contrary, the Taliban have made it…
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Risk of Illegal Racial Profiling and Other Abuses

(Athens) – Greece is planning a new police program to scan people’s faces and fingerprints that is inconsistent with international human rights standards on privacy and likely to amplify ongoing discrimination, Human Rights Watch and Homo Digitalis…
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Severe Restrictions, Harassment, Fear in Ghazni Province

(New York) – Taliban rule has had a devastating impact on Afghan women and girls, new research shows, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Institute at San Jose State University (SJSU) said today. The organizations looked at the conditions for…
Burqa-clad women walk on a street in Ghazni City, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.
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Summary Patricia Leatham moved back into the council house where she grew up when her mother became ill in 2017, to look after her as a full-time caregiver. When her mother died in 2019, Patricia and her then 14-year-old son, “Clarence,” were evicted…
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Anti-Death Penalty Group Condemns Sentence, Seeks Action on Prison Conditions

(New York) – Human Rights Watch on January 18, 2022 joined other organizations in condemning Sri Lanka’s ongoing use of the death penalty after a prison official was sentenced to death on January 12. The groups said that the conviction appeared to be an…
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UN, Influential Governments Should Press President Duterte to Stop Practice

(Manila) – The Philippine government should end the “red-tagging” of activists as rebels or supporters of the communist insurgency, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a video about the threatening practice and its impact. The video features a…
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Breaking news on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, via Oxfam: the world’s ten richest men have more than doubled their fortunes during the pandemic, from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion. In the same period, the incomes of…
Children and teachers complete a mural in celebration of the launch of the Child Tax Credit on July 14, 2021 at the KU Kids Deanwood Childcare Center in Washington, DC.
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Government is Failing to Ensure Adequate Housing for Families

(London) – Children in London are growing up in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government, Human Rights Watch and the Childhood Trust said in a joint report…
A mother stands with her son outside the front door to their accommodation at a development of converted shipping containers
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Colombia has welcomed Venezuelan refugees like no other country has. But now it needs to take an extra step

The 16-year-old Venezuelan boy hugged his dog as he sat by the side of the road. They were in Colombia’s Berlin Paramo, the highest point on the route used by Venezuelans walking across the Venezuela-Colombia border, where temperatures can drop to 0°C…
Venezuelan walkers waiting on the side of the road in Colombia, November 2021. 
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States Should Urgently Adopt Laws to Enforce Child Rights Act

(Abuja) – Child marriage remains prevalent in Nigeria because the federal and state governments have not adequately enforced laws to prevent it, Human Rights Watch said today. Nigeria’s rates of child marriage are some of the highest on the African…
A woman protests against underage marriage, Lagos, Nigeria. 
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No Space Between the Right to Vote and Other Freedoms

The heart of a functioning democracy is the ability of its people to amplify their collective voices through the ballot box. This was something the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew all too well. On May 17, 1957, the third anniversary of the Brown…
A crowd standing in front of a sign that reads "Voting Rights Now!"
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Trending rights tweets this week: Maya Angelou makes history on US quarter; Novak Djokovic case highlights Australia’s cruel immigration policies; verdict reached in historic Koblenz trial in Germany; Hollywood stars defend Emma Watson after…
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates his win at the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France
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  Families in London are living in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government. The UK government is failing in its duty to ensure the right to adequate housing…
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In December 2021, I had the chance to talk with a bright 14-year-old girl named Maria Tunbonat, a fifth-grader in a state school in Tarakan, North Kalimantan. Her father, Ayub, also joined the video call as we spoke about her school and her…
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As we noted in yesterday’s Daily Brief, we have published our new World Report 2022, looking at the human rights situations in some 100 countries around the world in 2021, and examining issues on the horizon for the year ahead. The massive project,…
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The conventional wisdom these days is that autocracy is ascendant and democracy is on the decline. But the superficial appeal of the rise-of-autocracy thesis belies a more complex reality—and a bleaker future for autocrats. As people see that…
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Lawmakers Should Prevent Discrimination in Life-Saving Treatment

In a December 2021 ruling, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers to protect people with disabilities against discrimination during medical triage decisions. Nine people with disabilities had filed a complaint with the court in June…
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