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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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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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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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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…
Over 10,000 students and teachers in Hotan pledge loyalty to the “Motherland” in a mass ceremony.
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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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Modest Reforms Undercut by Provisions Allowing Discrimination

(New York) – New Chinese government regulations encourage mainstream education for students with disabilities, but do not provide adequate pathways for achieving that aim, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 23, 2017, the Chinese government…
A blind girl reads Braille text in her class at the Shanghai School for the Blind in Shanghai.
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Suspects at Risk of Ill-Treatment

(New York) – Chinese authorities should credibly and impartially investigate an explosion in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and ensure due process rights for suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 10, 2016, a local police chief…
Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014.
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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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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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Education Ministry Announcement Would Reduce Discrimination

(New York) – The Chinese Education Ministry’s decision to provide Braille or electronic exams for national university entrance will improve access to higher education for candidates who are blind or have visual impairments, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Make Inclusive Education a Reality by Addressing Barriers in School

(New York) – Children with disabilities face significant hurdles in accessing education in China, and a substantial number of them receive no education at all, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In higher education, government guidelines…
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End Discrimination, Make Mainstream Schools Accessible

(New York) – The Chinese government should demonstrate its commitment to the rights of people with disabilities by announcing on China’s “Help the Disabled Day” that it will remove barriers that prevent children with disabilities from attending mainstream…
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Rights Concerns Remain as First Mental Health Law Comes Into Effect

(New York) – As China’s first ever Mental Health Law came into force on May 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch said the law has major shortcomings including that it does not eliminate the country’s system of involuntary confinement. The involuntary confinement…
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Follow Up With Domestic Reform and Effective Implementation

(New York) - Colombia is the 100th country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a symbolic step towards achieving universal respect for the rights of more than 670 million people with disabilities worldwide,…
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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…