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Trending rights tweets this week: Wider vaccine production needed as Omicron Covid-19 variant spreads; Myanmar protesters targeted in March massacre; WTA suspends tournaments in China over Peng Shuai’s safety as IOC doubles down on losing China…
Peng Shuai waves at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on January 15, 2019. 
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Authorities Violently Disperse Peaceful Protest

(Berlin) – Azerbaijan police violently dispersed a peaceful protest in central Baku on December 1, 2021, and detained dozens of protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Among those detained was an opposition leader, Tofig Yagublu, who…
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Deputy Executive Director and Chief Programs Officer Human Rights Watch Tirana Hassan on human rights and the pandemic.
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Government, Political Parties Should Promote Equal Political Participation

Today the Mexican Senate is holding its first ever hearing for people with disabilities. Bryan Russell, who has run for parliament in his home country of Peru, gave pre-recorded testimony on the need for inclusion of people with disabilities,…
2021 Human Rights Watch Marca Bristo Fellow Bryan Russell campaigning at San Martin Plaza in Lima, Peru
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Labor Inspectorate Needs More Resources to Put Reforms into Effect

Two people died in a mining accident in the country of Georgia’s western coal mining town of Tkibuli last week. The accident in itself was tragic, but even more heartbreaking when you consider the context. The dangers of working in Georgia’s mines…
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European Commission Proposes Measures “To Apply the Fiction of Non-Entry”

As families huddle to keep warm in the forests along the Poland-Belarus border, some of them nursing wounds from violent ping-pong pushbacks, the European Commission has proposed a plan to make a horrible situation even worse. On December 1, the…
Blankets and sleeping bags strewn across a forest floor
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Failure To Free Rights Defender Osman Kavala Triggers Infringement Process

(Istanbul) – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers decision notifying Turkey it will start infringement proceedings over its failure to comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) order to free the jailed human rights…
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US Senate Should Reinstate Pathway to Citizenship in Build Back Better Act

All people, including immigrants like me, have a basic need for some semblance of stability. But addressing this need hangs in the balance as the Senate contemplates the Build Back Better Act. When the US House of Representatives passed the nearly $2…
Community members from local organizations La Colmena and CUFFH participate in the 11 mile march for immigration reform, on Friday, November 12, 2021 in New York City. 
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When visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week, French President Emmanuel Macron should be speaking out against human rights abuses, not selling weapons to abusive regimes. According to media reports, the main…
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Education Ministry Should Remove Barriers; Extend Registration Deadline

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s Education Ministry should extend the December 4, 2021, school registration deadline for Syrian children and end policies that are blocking Syrian refugee children’s access to education, Human Rights Watch said today. Thousands of…
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Civil Society Groups, Experts Urge Action Against Company

(Brussels) – The European Union should adopt targeted sanctions against NSO Group, the Israel-based company that produces spyware, 86 human rights groups and independent experts said today in a letter to the EU foreign policy chief and foreign…
NSO Group logo on building
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Dear EU High Representative Borrell and Foreign Ministers of the EU member states, We are writing following credible revelations that Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware was used to hack the devices of six Palestinian human rights activists – the…
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International Olympic Committee Should Help Secure Peng Shuai’s Safety

“We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation,” the International Olympics Committee (IOC) said in a December 2 statement, revealing it had held a second closed call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Meanwhile, Peng has…
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Access to Covid-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics Is Part of the Human Right to Health

**This piece was co-authored by Zione Ntaba, Judge of the High Court of Malawi, Rodrigo Uprimny, Commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists, and Zak Yacoob, Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Full list of co-…
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21 NGOs Demand Accountability and Reform After 20 Years of Civilian Harm

December 1, 2021 Lloyd J. Austin III Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301 Re: Defense Department Civilian Harm Policies and Practices Dear Secretary Austin, We write to express our grave concerns about the…
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Despite its official condemnation of the coup, Japan continues to move towards normalizing ties with the junta

Since the February 1 military coup in Myanmar, the junta’s security forces have killed nearly 1,300 people, arrested more than 10,000, and continue to detain nearly 7,400. The junta-controlled courts have sentenced 65 people to death, including 2…
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“Armed groups,” “paramilitary forces,” “groups following the orders of another country.” Human rights advocates in Iraq use these descriptions all the time when we refer to the men with guns behind so many of the killings, abductions, and torture of…
Iraqi soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Nineveh, Iraq. Friday Dec. 4, 2020.
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Security Forces ‘Kettled’ Demonstrators, Fired on Rescuers in Hlaing Tharyar

(Bangkok) – Myanmar security forces deliberately “kettled” protesters and used lethal force during the March 14, 2021, anti-junta protests in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township, Human Rights Watch said today. Soldiers and police armed with military…
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Macron Should Address Rights Abuses in Gulf Region

This week, French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with a large delegation of French ministers and major business executives. In the UAE, he will apparently be finalizing a weapons deal, when…