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Report Corroborates Human Rights Watch Findings

(Abuja) – A judicial panel has found that army and police officers shot, injured, and killed unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria during nationwide protests against police brutality in 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. This…
Demonstrators protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 15, 2020.
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Reveal How Asylum Seekers at Border Were Short-Changed on Rights

(Washington) – Two years after the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, newly released government records reveal US immigration agencies’ efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of…
Migrants seeking asylum wait in line with their case paperwork to meet with an attorney on Oct. 5, 2019, during a weekly trip by volunteers, lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to the migrant campsite outside El Puente Nuevo in Matamoros, Mexico.
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10 Key Issues that Demand the Administration's Immediate Attention

Whoever wins the November 3 presidential election has an opportunity  – and a responsibility – to help the United States move forward by making human rights a priority in the next administration. This includes ending policies that undermine the…
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Chad Wolf’s Record Raises Serious Human Rights Concerns

(Washington, DC) – United States senators should vote no on the nomination of Chad Wolf for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary and instead investigate his alleged involvement in abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Senators on the…
The acting secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, raises his right hand to swear in during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Executive Order Targets Companies that Displease Government

(Washington, DC, May 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump’s May 28, 2020 executive order, Preventing Online Censorship, is a profound attack against online freedom of expression globally, Human Rights Watch said today. The executive order aims to…
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Entrenched Discrimination, Violence Mar Gains 25 Years after Beijing

(New York) – Governments should mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 with moves to expedite progress on gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today. They should plan for concerted action and dedicate resources to prevent…
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‘Hacking’ Charges Could Expand to Standard Investigative Reporting Practices

  The extradition of Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States for alleged computer-related crimes could have dangerous implications for journalists in the digital age. London’s Metropolitan…
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.
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Congressional Investigation Needed

  (Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should press the Department of Homeland Security to explain why journalists, lawyers, and activists have been subjected to intensive scrutiny at the US border with…
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Allies Should Insist on Reforms, Release of Political Prisoners

(Beirut) – The upcoming parliamentary elections in Bahrain, scheduled for November 24, 2018, are occurring in a repressive political environment that is not conducive to free elections, Human Rights Watch said today. Bahrain’s allies…
Protesters hold photos of Sheikh Ali Salman, Bahrain's main opposition leader and Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq Islamic Society, as they march asking for his release in the village of Jidhafs, west of Manama, in Bahrain on June 16, 2015.
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Concerns About Privacy, Security, Free Expression

(Washington, DC) – United States law enforcement has used undercover distributions of phones to monitor suspects’ activities, raising rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The Justice Department should disclose its policies…
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Investigate Flawed ‘Going Dark’ Claims

(Washington, DC, June 4, 2018) – The Justice Department’s inspector general should investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s exaggerated and flawed claims about the challenges strong encryption poses to investigations, Human Rights Watch said…
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Government Hides Investigative Methods from Accused

(Washington, DC) – Evidence suggests US authorities deliberately conceal the facts about how they found information in a criminal case and may be doing so regularly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Withholding these…
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Unnamed US Detainee Held 2 Months in Iraq

(Washington, DC) – The US government has been holding a US citizen suspected of fighting with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) for two months in an undisclosed military prison in Iraq without access to legal counsel, Human Rights…
The American flag flies next to a statue of the scales of justice at United States Court House, February 6, 2002.
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Documents Point to Warrantless Surveillance

(New York) – Newly released documents reveal a US Defense Department policy that appears to authorize warrantless monitoring of US citizens and green-card holders whom the executive branch regards as “homegrown violent extremists,”…
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Teen Still Detained Despite Grant of Asylum

(New York) – US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials should immediately release persecuted Singaporean activist and blogger Amos Yee, who was granted asylum by a US immigration judge on March 24, 2017, PEN America and Human Rights Watch…
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Free Expression, Privacy, Fair Trial Rights at Stake

(Washington, DC) – The hearing by the US House Judiciary Committee on March 1, 2017, about one of the broadest and most intrusive surveillance laws in the United States highlights the need for reforms to prevent executive branch abuses, Human Rights Watch…
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Nasser bin Ghaith Has Spent 18 months in Pre-Trial Detention

(Beirut) – An Emirati academic facing charges that include his peaceful criticism of the Egyptian and Emirati authorities will have spent more than 18 months in detention by the time the next session of his trial takes place on February 22, 2017, Human…
Nasser bin Ghaith at his home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on November 30, 2011.
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(Washington, DC) – A federal appeals court heard oral argument on December 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a broad group of organizations challenging the National Security Agency’s…
A surveillance camera is pictured in front of the U.S. flag, September 20, 2016.
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A man is silhouetted near logos of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Wikipedia in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo March 11, 2015.