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UN, Influential Governments Should Press President Duterte to Stop Practice

(Manila) – The Philippine government should end the “red-tagging” of activists as rebels or supporters of the communist insurgency, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a video about the threatening practice and its impact. The video features a…
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Government is Failing to Ensure Adequate Housing for Families

(London) – Children in London are growing up in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government, Human Rights Watch and the Childhood Trust said in a joint report…
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Policies on Migration, Poverty, Gender-Based Violence Raise Rights Concerns

(London) – The United Kingdom government policies and practices at home often showed scant regard for human rights in 2021, and its commitment to human rights in its foreign policy was inconsistent, Human Rights Watch said today in its…
Border Force officers assist 20 Syrian migrants aboard HMC Hunter after they were stopped as they crossed The Channel in an inflatable dinghy headed in the direction of England.
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Next President Needs to End ‘Drug War,’ Cooperate with ICC

(New York) – Candidates running in the May 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines should make human rights a priority issue, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. The next president, who will take office in late June, should…
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Long Sentences After Unfair Trials on Fabricated Charges

(New York) – The Vietnamese government, in 2021, systematically punished activists who challenged the repressive status quo, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. In a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 13th Communist Party…
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Le Trong Hung Could Get Up to 12 Years in Prison for Election Campaign

Update: On December 31, a court in Hanoi sentenced Le Trong Hung to five years in prison and five years of probation after his release. (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately drop all charges and release the independent…
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Prompt, Impartial Investigation of Police Actions Needed

(Nairobi) – Police fired on protesters in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 20, 2021, killing three people including a 6-month-old baby, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 12 other people were injured, including 3…
National Road No. 2 barricaded with stones to block traffic during a demonstration in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 20, 2021.
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Do Nam Trung Could Receive Up to 12 Years in Prison for Peaceful Expression

Update: On December 16, 2021, a court in Nam Dinh sentenced Do Nam Trung to 10 years in prison and four years of probation after his release. (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the human rights activist Do Nam Trung…
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Duterte Administration Stalling Tactic Should Not Delay Justice

(New York) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor should seek to proceed with his office’s investigation into alleged crimes against humanity related to unlawful killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” in the Philippines, Human…
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Trinh Ba Phuong, Nguyen Thi Tam Face Long Imprisonment

Update: On December 15, 2021, a Hanoi court sentenced Trinh Ba Phuong to 10 years in prison and five years of probation after his release. The court sentenced Nguyen Thi Tam to six years in prison and three years of probation after her release. (…
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Drop Politically Motivated Charges Against Pham Doan Trang

Update: On December 14, 2021, a Hanoi court sentenced Pham Doan Trang to nine years in prison. Before her trial, Pham Doan Trang prepared a statement for publication. The English version is available here. The original Vietnamese is available here…
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Hanoi Detaining at Least 176 Political Prisoners, Detainees

(Sydney) – The Australian government should call on Vietnam to meet clear human rights benchmarks at the 17th Australia-Vietnam human rights dialogue, Human Rights Watch said today. The dialogue is scheduled to be held virtually on…
Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son shake hands.
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Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue Key, But Not Only Opportunity on Rights

(New York) – The United States government should use upcoming meetings with Vietnam to press for the release of detained dissidents and other human rights improvements, Human Rights Watch said today. The 25th United States-Vietnam bilateral human…
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Pilot Programs Point Way to Rights-Respecting Models

(New York) – Pilot programs testing alternatives to immigration detention in several countries, including the United States, offer governments models for more humane and rights-respecting approaches, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…
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Rights Groups Submit Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC, October 5, 2021) – Colombian authorities should ensure independent and impartial investigations against police officers allegedly responsible for the killing of seven protesters during an October 2017 demonstration, Human Rights Watch…
Colombian police officers during an operation in December 2020 to eradicate illicit crops in Tumaco, Nariño state, Colombia. Over three years earlier, in October 2017, seven civilians protesting eradication operations were killed in the same state.
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Three Months On, Elisée Lwatumba, Eric Muhindo Unjustly Detained

(Goma) – Congolese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two activists who were arbitrarily arrested on April 19, 2021, after peacefully demonstrating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said. Elisée…
Youth activists Eric Muhindo, left, and Elisée Lwatumba, center, at Butembo’s central prison, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Pham Chi Thanh Suffering Health Problems

Update: On July 9, 2021, a court in Vietnam sentenced Pham Chi Thanh to five years six months in prison and five years of probation after his release. (New York) – The Vietnamese government should immediately release the dissident writer and…
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Concrete Plans Needed to Address Climate Crisis, Protect Rights

(London) – G7 member countries should take immediate and concrete action to end fossil fuel subsidies, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-answer document released today. Ending these subsidies is key to countries meeting their human rights…
A Uniper coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery steam beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 16, 2020. © 2020 Martin Meissner/AP Photo
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Family Members Face Trial for Criticizing Government

Update: On May 5, 2021, a court in Vietnam sentenced Can Thi Theu and Trinh Ba Tu to eight years in prison and three years of probation after their release. (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the democracy campaigner…
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New Lukonde Government Should Set Transitional Justice Roadmap

(Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly appointed government should adopt a clear strategy for holding those suspected of criminal responsibility for grave human rights violations accountable, a coalition of over 50 Congolese and…
Women demonstrate for peace in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 23, 2021.