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Their Rights and Freedoms Must Be Secured.

Statement by Nongovernmental Organizations 02 November 2021 We, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, would like to express our grave concern over the deteriorating situation for Turkmen migrants in Turkey – primarily those who…
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(Berlin) – The following statement was issued by 11 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, following their  visit to Turkey on October 6-9, 2020 to meet with journalists, officials, and others to assess the conditions for media freedom in…
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As civil society leader Osman Kavala marks one year in Turkey’s highest security prison, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch renewed their call for his immediate and unconditional release. One year on since a court…
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Urgent to Carry Out Judgment, Groups Say

Turkey should immediately implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and release the veteran journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay without delay, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said today. Furthermore, Turkey must…
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Government Widens Crackdown on Independent Media, pro-Kurdish Opposition

(Istanbul) – The November 4, 2016 court decision to place the leaders and seven members of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in pretrial detention shows blatant disregard for the right to political representation and participation for…
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Pursue Justice While Fully Respecting Rights

(Istanbul) – The gun and bomb attacks at Istanbul Ataturk international airport on June 28, 2016, are despicable acts of violence that cannot be justified, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks killed at least 41 people and wounded 239 more,…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 4

As China’s second Universal Periodic Review approaches, the human rights situation inside the country continues to deteriorate.  One positive development since China’s previous UPR is the rise of civil society and human rights defenders.  Yet human rights…
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Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

In his report on the right to food, the Special Rapporteur makes references to the household registration system as a source of exclusion from public benefits (Para. 17, Para. 19), to the relationship between the right to food and the right to freedom of…
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Oral Statement at the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council - June 3rd, 2011

  In his report on the freedom of expression, the Special Rapporteur makes three separates references to China, regarding the high number of imprisoned journalists (Para. 35), the extensive censorship of internet (Para. 29) and the imposition of…
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Testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Written Testimony of Arvind Ganesan Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch Mr. Chairman: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the important matter of global internet freedom. I would also like to thank Senator Coburn, the…
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Chronology of the case against Zhao Yan, the Chinese assistant at the New York Times Beijing bureau who has been accused of leaking state secrets and of lesser fraud charges. The trial is expected to begin June 8.
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Testimony before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Members' Briefing: Human Rights and the Internet - The People's Republic of China Testimony of Tom Malinowski Washington Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch Mr. Chairman, thank you for having me and Human Rights Watch here today and for your…
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On the Occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw

Freedom of expression, and media freedoms in particular, are in danger in many OSCE participating states. In too many countries, severe restrictions and abuse afflict brave journalists whose writings focus on sensitive…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…
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Statement by Elliot Sperling, Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies, Indiana University to the U. S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs

I am grateful to the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs for affording me this opportunity to appear before you. In addition to my academic work as a specialist in Tibetan Studies, I have also served for some time as a consultant to Human…
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