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Under pressure from Human Rights Watch and colleague organizations, the Chinese government on February 17 agreed to lift its house arrest of prominent HIV/AIDS doctor Gao Yaojie. Dr. Gao had been detained for weeks to prevent her from obtaining a visa to…
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In a new report by Human Rights Watch, United States soldiers have for the first time come forward to describe torture and other abuse by the U.S. military in Iraq, and the failure of superior officers to stop it. Human Rights Watch's report has…
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Urge China to Cooperate Fully with UN Monitoring Mechanisms

OBJECTIVE The Commission on Human Rights should adopt a resolution condemning China’s violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, religion and belief, repression of minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang and violations of the…
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AIDS activist Wan Yanhai, who was detained by the Chinese authorities on August 24, was released on September 20, following a concerted outcry that included three formal statements by Human Rights Watch.
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In July, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees drafted guidelines for governments on categories of Afghans who still require protection and should not be returned to Afghanistan. The document referred extensively to Human Rights Watch research…
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In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falungong, a variant of an ancient exercise and meditation system. The government labeled Falungong an "evil cult" and began an aggressive and often violent campaign against its practitioners which continues…