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A call to support a resolution at HRC 39 to ensure monitoring and reporting to the Council

Overview Since President Maduro came to power in 2013, there has been an alarming rise in the intensity of abuses and the severity of the rights crackdown in Venezuela. Political and civil society repression has stifled dissenting voices.…
A girl wears a Venezuelan flag as Venezuelan security forces block access to opposition supporters and mourners of rogue ex-policeman Oscar Perez to the main morgue of the city, in Caracas, Venezuela January 20, 2018.
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This submission provides an overview of Human Rights Watch’s principal concerns with respect to the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ukraine, submitted to the Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of…
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Summary Starting in June 2012, the Russian government reversed small, positive steps taken since the previous UPR, which had slightly loosened excessive government control over civil society organizations and aimed to improve pluralism in the political…
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Submitted by Human Rights Watch To the UN Human Rights Committee on the Occasion of its Review of Yemen in March 2012

  This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch’s main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in the Republic of Yemen, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (“the Committee”) in advance of its review of Yemen…
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SummaryBackgroundAnalysis of the Draft Anti-Terrorism Legislation     Defining Terrorism     Infringement of Freedoms of Speech and Expression     Expansion of Police Powers without Due Process Guarantees         Powers of Arrest, Search, and Seizure…
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On December 11, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is due to consider the final report of the Group of Experts (GOE) appointed on Darfur. As its mandate required, the GOE has focused on the implementation by Sudan of some 70 detailed…
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The Human Rights Council’s Backlog of Work

September 10, 2007     Last year, many organizations, including Human Rights Watch, warned that an understandable focus on institution-building in the Human Rights Council's first year could give rise to a "protection gap" if the substantive work of the…
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Analysis of Belarus’ Assertions on its Suitability for UN Rights Council Membership

General Assembly resolution 60/251 requires that states "take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto" in voting to elect members of the Human…
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Since it was created in June, the Human Rights Council has devoted significant attention to three human rights situations – Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Darfur. It has also received and discussed reports on human rights abuses in…
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Key Points for Special Procedures Review The task of the intergovernmental working group on review of mandates is wide-ranging and important. The following six key points should help guide the working group’s review: The independence of the special…
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New Approaches to Addressing Human Rights Situations

The new Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “Council”) was created in order to strengthen protection for the victims of human rights violations worldwide. The Council’s ability to succeed in that mission will depend on the development of a more effective…
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Introduction In May 2006, Human Rights Watch released its initial paper on the functions of the new Human Rights Council (HRC), focusing on universal periodic review (UPR), country situations, and the review of special procedures. In the ensuing months,…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

On November 7, the Supreme Court agreed to review the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who is challenging the lawfulness of the U.S. government trying him for alleged war crimes before a military commission at Guantánamo Bay. The Court is expected to render a…
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In this brief initial paper, Human Rights Watch seeks to contribute to the ongoing discussions about how the Human Rights Council should function and develop its work. The first year of the Council will be one of transition, but also a unique occasion to…