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What Shareholders Should Ask about Company’s Track Record on Human Rights

To British American Tobacco Shareholders: We write on behalf of the nongovernmental organizations Human Rights Watch and Swedwatch to draw your attention to serious human rights abuses we have documented in British American Tobacco’s (BAT)…

Submission by Human Rights Watch to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Human Rights Watch appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on child rights and the environment, prior to its Day of General Discussion on the topic. Millions of children around the…
A child in Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario, Canada brushes her teeth with bottled water. Water on First Nations reserves is contaminated, inadequately treated or hard to access. April 14, 2016. Video Still (c) 2016 Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes

  Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the forthcoming report of the UN special rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, which will focus on children’s rights and hazardous substances. …

Human Rights Watch letter on the minimum age of employment

Dear members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch in response to a January 2016 open letter directed to the Committee regarding child labor and the minimum age of employment.[1] In…

Submission to the plenary session on Pakistan

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous child rights violations in Pakistan in recent years. This submission relates to Articles 2, 6, 8, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, and 40 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In…
It is now widely acknowledged that after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began a global detention and interrogation program through which it tortured and abused prisoners. Yet the US government has failed to hold…
Illustration of the scales of justice replaced by two people shackled by their wrists and dangling in the air.

On Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

November 19, 2015 Ms. Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development Mr. Cyrill Muller, Vice President for Europe and Central Asia The World Bank 1818 H St, NW Washington, DC 20433 …
In the Philippines, children dive underwater, swim down a wooden shaft barely wider than their shoulders, and mine for gold – all while breathing through a flimsy, narrow tube. We haven’t seen underwater mining – called compressor…