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Government financial support for fossil fuels, including through subsidies, presents a key obstacle to achieving emissions reductions urgently needed to address the climate crisis. Subsidies artificially reduce the costs of fossil fuel production and…
Pumpjacks at an oil well site near Epping, N.D., Oct. 1, 2018. © 2018 Jim Wilson/The New York Times/GDA via AP Images
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Well before the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephen Miller, White House adviser to then-US President Donald Trump, floated the idea of using the government’s public health authority as a means of achieving the administration’s long-pursued goal of closing the…
An asylum seeking family from Guatemala stands on the Paso del Norte international bridge. After border agents turned the family away at the port of entry, the family swam across the Rio Grande.
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The economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected tenants and has led to widespread housing insecurity in the United States. Almost all US states acted quickly to protect renters, and by May 2020, 43 states had active eviction…
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12 Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next Administration

The United States should strive to be a world leader on human rights. Human Rights Watch offers 12 priorities for the next US administration to create a rights-focused foreign policy. The United States has the power, influence, and resources to create…
Le président élu des États-Unis, Joe Biden, s’adressait à des partisans lors d’un rassemblement tenu dans le stade « Heinz Field » à Pittsburgh, en Pennsylvanie, le 2 novembre 2020, à la veille de l’élection.
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This Q & A from Human Rights Watch explains what human rights law says about how federal elections are administered in the United States including whether or not the process for certifying election results is aligned with international standards. It…
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    This Q&A addresses key questions regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the relationship between the court and the United States. 1. What is the International Criminal Court? 2. Is the US a member…
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On January 31, 2020, the administration of President Donald Trump announced the reversal of US prohibitions on landmine production and use. The decision nullifies years of steps by the US to align its policy and practice with the 1997 treaty banning…
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On January 25, 2019, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program. The policy allows US border officers to return non-Mexican…
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On April 6, 2018, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy intended to ramp-up criminal prosecution of people caught entering the United States illegally. Soon afterward, news outlets began to report that unauthorized…
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What is Law No. 10 of 2018? How do property owners make a claim? What barriers would keep owners from being able to claim their property? Is Law No. 10 of 2018 discriminatory? Is this the first time the government has…
A small scale model built by 14-year-old Syrian Mohamed Qutaish, representing the way he imagines the reconstruction of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria, August 31, 2015. © 2015 Reuters
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Updated February 8, 2018 What is Trump’s “Mexico City Policy,” also known as the “Global Gag Rule”? On January 23, 2017, United States President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy.…
Women and girls wait with their children outside a doctor’s office in Chitwan, Nepal.
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On October 9, 2017, the White House released “Immigration Principles and Policies,” a list of changes it wants in immigration law and policy. These are being cast as necessary components of any legislative deal that would provide protection for so-called…
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Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian accountant who, in 2009, was tortured, denied medical attention, and found dead in his Moscow jail cell. Russian authorities had targeted him for his role in exposing a giant tax fraud scheme allegedly involving high-level…