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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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Newspapers, Other Media Censored, Confiscated, Shut Down

(Nairobi) – Sudan should immediately stop censoring newspapers and end all forms of repression of media and journalists, on World Press Freedom Day. In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up censorship of print media. Authorities at the National…
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Respect Rights of Detainees, Reform Security Laws

(Juba) – Sudanese authorities should charge or release six members of opposition parties who have been detained in poor conditions by Sudanese security, most of them for weeks, without access to lawyers or adequate medical care. The six are members of…
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Donors, Diplomats Should Insist on Respect for Free Speech, Association

(Nairobi) – Sudan should immediately rescind its decision to shut down four civil society organizations in Khartoum in December 2012. The government should allow independent groups to operate freely and conduct peaceful protests. International donors,…
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Investigate and Prosecute Authorities Responsible

(Juba) – The Sudanese government should forcefully condemn the killing of 12 peaceful protesters in South Darfur by police and other security forces on July 31, 2012, and investigate and prosecute those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. “The…
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Rein in Security Forces, Release or Charge Detainees

(New York) – Sudan security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists, beat people in detention, and used rubber bullets and even live ammunition to break up protests that began on June 16, 2012, Human Rights Watch…
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Promptly Charge or Release Political Detainees

(New York) – Sudanese security forces should stop using excessive force to disperse peaceful student protests, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should also immediately release detained activists, opposition members, and others arrested because…
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Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, Yemen Suppress Demonstrations

(New York) - Governments in the Arab world have violently dispersed demonstrations apparently inspired by or in solidarity with Egypt's democracy protesters and have detained some of the organizers, Human Rights Watch said today. The security forces'…
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Government Responds Harshly to Khartoum Demonstrations

(Juba) - Sudanese authorities used excessive force during largely peaceful protests that began on January 30, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately release protesters detained by national security forces and investigate…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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Envoys, UN, AU Should Press Ruling Party for Nationwide Reforms

(New York) - The Sudanese government should end attacks by its armed forces on civilians in Darfur and make the major human rights reforms envisioned in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today.…
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Address Discrimination and Other Root Causes of November 2008 Violence in Jos

(Jos, Nigeria) - The Plateau State Judicial Commission of Inquiry in Nigeria should investigate and call for the prosecution of members of the security forces responsible for the alleged killing of more than 130 people in November 2008, Human Rights…
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End to Censorship Necessary for Free and Fair Elections in 2010

In this news release, Human Rights Watch quoted Kamal al Jizouli as a prominent journalist for the Sudanese newspaper Ajras al-Huriya. However, al Jizouli is in fact a lawyer and a columnist for the newspaper, and so his title has been changed as such.…
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Security Services Abuse Rights Activists and Journalists and Censor Press

(New York) - The Sudanese government is censoring the media and cracking down on human rights activists and journalists who speak out on human rights and justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report today. Harassment, repression and censorship has…
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30 Men Sentenced to Death After Unfair Trials

(New York) – Sudan’s Anti-Terrorism Special Courts in late July sentenced 30 alleged rebels to death in trials that fell far short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the government to abolish the…
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Council Fails to Act on Tibet and Remains Timid on Darfur

UPDATE: includes the council’s amendment of the expert mandate on freedom of expression (Geneva) - The UN Human Rights Council showed little resolve to take on states responsible for serious human rights violations in its session ending today, Human…
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Corporate Sponsors and Governments Should Urge Rights Reforms

(New York) - The decision by the film director Steven Spielberg to step down as artistic consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games should prompt other influential outsiders to press China to reform, Human Rights Watch said today. Corporate sponsors,…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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Federal Government Must End Discrimination Against ‘Non-Indigenes’

(Lagos, April 25, 2006) - Government policies that discriminate against “non-indigenes,” loosely defined as people who are not native to an area, have relegated millions of Nigerians to the status of second-class citizens and must be reversed by Nigeria’s…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…