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Arbitrary Detentions for Independent Reporting, Criticizing Government

(New York) – The Chinese authorities have stepped-up arbitrary detentions of journalists and activists reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues, or criticizing the government, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the beginning of…
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Letter to International Olympic Committee Urges Human Rights Risk Assessment

(New York) –The Chinese government’s heightened repression from Xinjiang to Hong Kong threatens its hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. The…
Photo of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games logo in Zhangjiakou City where the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will take place, September 17, 2020, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, China. © 2020 Imaginechina via AP Images
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Human Rights Council Should Monitor; Secretary-General Should Appoint Envoy

(Geneva) – United Nations member countries should immediately respond to the unprecedented call by UN human rights experts to examine the Chinese government’s human rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN Human Rights Council, whose 44th…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Hold China to Account; Seek Independent Investigation

  (Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should address the worsening human rights crisis in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China as a matter of priority, Human Rights Watch and the International Service for…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Should Back Global Call to End Xinjiang Repression

(New York) – More than a dozen member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) signed a statement supporting China’s policies in Xinjiang that ignored widespread repression of the region’s Muslims,…
Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef bin Ahmed al-Othaimeen (C), and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf (R) talk before a photo during a meeting of Islamic and Arab foreign ministers in Jeddah on
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22 Countries Decry Mass Detention, Seek Monitoring

  (Geneva) – Twenty-two countries at the United Nations’ top human rights body issued a joint statement this week, urging China to end its mass arbitrary detentions and related violations against…
China's Xinjiang region's Vice-Governor Erkin Tuniyaz attends the Human Rights Council meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2019.  © 2019 Marina Depetris/Reuters
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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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Member States Should Seek International Inquiry into Widescale Abuses

(Geneva) – China used pressure and warnings to stifle criticism of its poor human rights record throughout the United Nations Human Rights Council session that concluded on March 22, 2019, in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. China provided no…
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the Palais des Nations at the United Nations in Geneva, January 18, 2017.
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Transfers to China Would Risk Torture, Unfair Trials

(Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong government should withdraw proposed revisions to two laws concerning extradition, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The amended laws would allow the transfer of…
In this Oct. 10, 2018, photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a question and answer session after delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong.
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International Fact-Finding Mission Crucial to Address Rights Crisis

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution establishing an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, the region of China where up to one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily…
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Beijing Should End Campaign to Weaken Vital Rights Mechanisms

(Geneva) – The Chinese government should end its efforts to weaken United Nations mechanisms that promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. UN agencies should vigorously resist China’s attempts to restrict…
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the Palais des Nations at the United Nations in Geneva, January 18, 2017.
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End Ongoing Discrimination, Abductions and Enforced Disappearances

(Seoul) – As North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder and perpetual president, Kim Il-Sung, on April 15, the world should urgently demand an end to the systematic and pervasive human rights abuses taking place today in…
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Deadly Counterterror Raid Increases Excess Force Concerns

(New York) – Independent observers and monitors should be allowed to investigate the latest raid by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang region, which reportedly left 28 people dead, Human Rights Watch said today. Clarifying facts on the ground is…
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Governments Should Press Pyongyang, Beijing Over Their Actions

(Geneva) – Human Rights Council member countries should help victims of human rights violations fleeing persecution in North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. China in particular should either shelter such people or permit North Koreans leaving their…
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UN Human Rights Council Should Discuss Deteriorating Situation

(New York) - The European Union, the United States, and other governments should call for the United Nations Human Rights Council to review the deteriorating human rights situation in China, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU, US, and other governments…
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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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Commitments to Uphold Human Rights Ignored

(Geneva) - China has made a mockery of its commitment to the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review process, Human Rights Watch said today. At a June 11 Human Rights Council meeting to adopt the "Outcome Report on China," part of a required…
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General Assembly Members Should Not Reward Rights Abusers with Votes

(New York) – Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia undermine their candidacies for the May 12, 2009 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a global coalition of international nongovernmental…
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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…