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What Does a Billionaire Buying a Social Media Platform Mean for People?

Billionaire Elon Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” is set to buy Twitter. Human Rights Watch has already been critical of how Twitter and other social media platforms aren’t doing enough to respect the rights of their users. Amy…
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10 Key Issues that Demand the Administration's Immediate Attention

Whoever wins the November 3 presidential election has an opportunity  – and a responsibility – to help the United States move forward by making human rights a priority in the next administration. This includes ending policies that undermine the…
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Unprecedented View into Mass Surveillance of Xinjiang’s Muslims

Tell me about the IJOP and when we first learned about it? The IJOP is a system of systems. It gathers information from, but not limited to, gas stations, checkpoints on the street, and access-controlled areas such as communities and schools. It pulls…
Images of the IJOP surveillance phone app used in Xinjiang, China.
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It is now widely acknowledged that after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began a global detention and interrogation program through which it tortured and abused prisoners. Yet the US government has failed to hold…
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As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill…
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During its Consideration of the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of the United States of America CAT 53rd Session

I. Summary   Human Rights Watch would like to express its appreciation to the United Nations Committee against Torture (the “Committee”) for this opportunity to provide information on the compliance of the…
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“The Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) evaluation of US surveillance practices under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). Human Rights Watch is an independent global…
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On January 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the US Department of Justice about US electronic surveillance practices. Below is the reaction from Human Rights Watch:   President Obama today announced a number…
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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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The recent public disclosures of US National Security Agency (NSA) dragnet surveillance have given new urgency to an important global debate on what controls are needed to ensure that the rights of people everywhere to privacy, expression, information and…
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During its Consideration of the Fourth Periodic Report of the United States

Human Rights Watch submitted this statement in advance of the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s upcoming pre-sessional review of the United States. We hope that the points raised in this submission will inform the Committee’s understanding of the US…
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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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