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September 22, 2021 Oleg Slizhevsky Minister of Justice Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus 10 Kolletornaya Street 2200004 Minsk Belarus Dear Mr. Slizhevsky, We are writing to urge you to withdraw the Justice Ministry’s lawsuit to…
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Stop Prosecutions, Guarantee Freedom of Press

(Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have arbitrarily detained and beaten journalists, imposed fines and prison sentences on…
Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021.
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Dear High Representative, Dear Foreign Ministers, We are writing ahead of the January 25th Foreign Affairs Council discussion on Egypt to raise our serious concerns, once again, about the human rights crisis unfolding in the country, and to urge the…
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Arrests, Jail for Violating ‘Family Values'

(Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have since late April 2020 carried out an abusive campaign targeting female social media influencers on charges that violate their rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and nondiscrimination, Human Rights Watch said…
Egyptian influencers Hanin Hossam and Mawadda al-Adham, who were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violating public morals, on the video-sharing app TikTok in Egypt's capital Cairo.
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Arrests, Criminal Charges, Police Beatings Ahead of August 9 Presidential Vote

(Berlin) – Police in Belarus have arbitrarily arrested journalists, bloggers, and political activists ahead of the August 9, 2020 presidential election and pressed charges against two potential candidates, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests…
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Relatives of Critics Abroad Face Home Raids, Arrests, Travel Bans

(Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have carried out arrests, house raids, interrogations, and travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism, Human Rights Watch said today.…
Police vehicles are seen in central Cairo as protesters gather shouting anti-government slogans in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
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Disproportionately Huge Fines; Ban on Links with Foreign Groups

(Beirut) – Egypt’s parliament approved a new law governing nongovernment organizations on July 14, 2019 that would maintain many of the existing restrictions on their work, Human Rights Watch said today. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi…
Prominent rights activist and journalist Hossam Baghat, center, leaves a courtroom at the Cairo Criminal Court on March 24, 2016. In recent years, Egyptian authorities have relentlessly prosecuted leading human rights and civil society activists for their
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Olympic Officials Should Ensure Reporters’ Safety

(Berlin) – Belarusian authorities have carried out concerted attacks on media freedom over the past two years that directly affect the climate in which news media will cover the country before, during, and after the upcoming European Games,…
The office of the Belarusian news website, Tut.by. The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has ordered the detention of some Tut.by staff, along with other media workers, alleging they had unauthorized access to information owned by governm
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Referendum Set in Grossly Unfree, Rights-Abusive Environment

(Beirut) – The Egyptian government should withdraw proposed constitutional amendments that will consolidate authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The amendments will…
People walk past a banner supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution with a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. © 2019 AP Images/Amr Nabil
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Restrictions, Blanket Censorship, and Prosecutions in Military Courts

(Beirut) – The Egyptian authorities have arrested over a dozen people in a crackdown against artists, apparently prosecuting them for exercising their freedom of speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The government also has issued new…
National Security officers shut down al-Karama libraries without offering reasons.
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Mass Arrests, Beatings of Protesters, Journalists, Rights Defenders

(Moscow) – Authorities across Belarus arbitrarily detained at least 700 people in March 2017 in connection with peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The majority, including more than 100 journalists and 60 human rights activists, were…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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November 8, 2016 Janez Kocijančič Acting President European Olympic Committees Villino Giulio Onesti Via della Pallacanestro, 19 00135 Rome Italy Re: Decision to award the…
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US should make political reform, human rights, and fundamental freedoms a central part of the agenda.

July 30, 2015   The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State United States Department of State Harry S. Truman Building 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 …
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We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the 41 Governments that compose the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, to take action and address the alarming proliferation of surveillance…
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Dear Members of the Constituent Assembly, Human Rights Watch, an independent nongovernmental organization, is writing to urge you to amend those articles of the draft constitution made public that conflict with Egypt’s obligations under international…