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Summary Since Iran’s last Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2009, the government’s rights record and its level of cooperation with international rights institutions, particularly organs of the United Nations, has remained poor. Some…
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“I am in the middle of interviewing nannies,” a friend who has recently moved to Dubai told me as we talked on the phone yesterday. “The one that I like does not really have experience with children but is a mother herself. Her two young ones are in…
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Injustice Forces us to Initiate Hunger Strike

We, the five persons detained in case no. 313/2011/State Security, currently pending before the Federal Supreme Court, wish to congratulate the people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the blessed Eid al-Adha and the seventh anniversary of…
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Protecting the health of vulnerable, displaced people

This fall, the European Commission (EC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) began closing down lead-contaminated camps in Kosovo, where displaced Roma were living in abysmal health conditions for a decade. Human Rights Watch…
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Human Rights Watch report leads to arrests in Cuska killings

On May 14, 1999, during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian security forces descended on the small village of Cuska in western Kosovo. The armed men rounded up the villagers, all ethnic Albanians, killing some and demanding money and valuables…
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The Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch supports Iranian women activists and feminists in their call for freedom and equality.  For over three decades, Iranian women have resisted gender discrimination and been at the forefront on the struggle…
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A BBC investigation released on April 9 has revealed powerful evidence that the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought for Kosovo's independence in 1998-1999, maintained a network of detention facilities in Kosovo and Albania, where…
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Following advocacy by Human Rights Watch, the head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahrudi, suspended the sentence of a jailed women’s rights activist on November 10. The activist, Delaram Ali, was detained in 2006 after participating in a peaceful…
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A week after Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the government criticizing abuses against migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates, the prime minister ordered the labor minister to immediately institute reforms based on our recommendations. We…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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Human Rights Watch will honor Omid Memarian, an Iranian human rights activist who has creatively used the internet to press for a more open and democratic political regime in Iran, with it highest honor, the Human Rights Watch Defender Award, on November…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will legalize unions and collective bargaining to improve labor standards for migrant workers. The announcement of this pending legislation, expected to be in place by the end of the year, immediately…
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On April 14, 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Western Balkans incorporating language written by Human Rights Watch on the importance of fair and effective domestic war crimes trials. Human Rights Watch has consistently pressed the…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

Objective     The Commission on Human Rights should build upon the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on the human rights situation in Iran by re-establishing a Special Procedure to monitor and report on Iran’s implementation of the resolution’s…
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In early July, for the first time, the Serbian parliament adopted a potentially important new law for prosecuting war criminals. The law creates a new post of war crimes prosecutor and identifies a district court in Belgrade to judge war crimes cases.…
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At the end of July, Iran made an announcement that it had issued standing invitations to United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms. These invitations allow U.N. officials monitoring issues such as arbitrary…