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A Country Shocked and Mourning Needs a Just, Fair Response

The French public has been shaken in recent weeks by a series of horrific knife attacks, which government authorities attribute to lslamist extremists. Those responsible for these reprehensible acts should be brought to justice—properly and fairly,…
People set flowers at a memorial in front of the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France, October 30, 2020.
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Government Should Pursue Full Investigations, Fair Trials

The Australian government is taking an important step by helping eight Australian children of suspects of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) return home from northeast Syria. The children were held for months without charge under horrific…
Rusafa Central Criminal Court in Baghdad.
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Bill Became Harsher Since Leaving the Senate

France’s draft counterterrorism bill is now in its final stretch before becoming law. The fast-tracked bill is widely expected to pass a vote in an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on October 3 – despite concerns that it…
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(Paris) – The truck attack on a Bastille Day celebration in Nice on July 14, 2016 is a despicable act of violence that cannot be justified. At least 84 people were killed and many were wounded, including more than 50 children…
Investigators continue to work at the scene near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores who were celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 15, 2016
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“The state of emergency cannot be permanent,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a radio interview this morning. But he added that the government would be requesting its extension by two months, until the end of July, to cover the European…
Members of special French RAID forces, French riot police (CRS), soldiers and forensic experts are seen at a raid zone in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, in this November 18, 2015 file photo.
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On March 4, President Francois Hollande awarded the Legion of Honor, once considered France’s most prestigious award, to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef for “countering extremism and fighting terrorism,” according to the Saudi Press Agency. …
French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 4, 2016.
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On Tuesday, the French National Assembly approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency that was originally declared during the  horrific night of November 13 and renewed 12 days later.  More parliament members…
French police stop and search a local resident during an operation in Saint-Denis, France.
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France has just enacted a law that allows state intelligence agencies to spy on millions of its own citizens. Of course, France has the right to protect its people from terrorism, especially in light of the terrible Charlie…
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Where is Sam Mugumya? This question is plaguing his family and Uganda’s opposition leadership. Sam, an ardent opposition party activist, disappeared from his home district of Rukungiri, on Uganda’s western border with Congo, in early November. His friends…
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Today Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publisher, begins his third year confined in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He fled there, receiving political asylum, when Sweden sought his extradition to answer sexual assault allegations. Although both Assange…
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HRC 23 - Statement Delivered Under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of France addressed a range of concerns, including on the issues of discrimination in particular with regards to identity checks and religious symbols, forced evictions and expulsions of Roma and counterterrorism laws.…
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Submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture in advance of its Review of France

This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch's concerns and recommendations on France, submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture ("the Committee") in advance of its upcoming review of France. We hope it will inform the…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Over the past five years, France has forcibly removed dozens of foreign residents accused of links to terrorism and extremism. Available government figures indicate that 71 individuals described as “Islamic fundamentalists” were forcibly removed from…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…