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Release All Kidnapped and Detained Peaceful Activists

(Beirut) – Eight organizations released the following statement today calling on the Iraqi government to investigate the detention of activists and others since the start of the 2019 protests and to free all those held arbitrarily for peaceful…
Protesters marching in Al-Tahrir Square Tunnel in Baghdad, Iraq.
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The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020 leaves a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court and enormous uncertainty over the court’s future role in the protection of fundamental human rights. A nominee for Justice Ginsburg’s…
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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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“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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By Leslie Lefkow before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

Thank you, Chairman Payne, and members of the subcommittee, for inviting me to participate in this hearing. My name is Leslie Lefkow. I am a senior researcher with the Africa division of Human Rights Watch and I lead our work on the Horn of Africa. Mr…
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Before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight

Executive Director Kenneth Roth discusses the use and abuse of democratic principles and rhetoric worldwide, and highlights in particular the United States' damaged reputation as a global defender of human rights. In this testimony, Roth writes that the…
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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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Testimony by Giorgi Gogia, Caucasus Researcher, to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (US Helsinki Commission)

The way the Armenian government responds to the crisis following last month's events will test the integrity of its democratic institutions and its commitment to international human rights standards. The United States Government should set clear…
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Statement prepared by Human Rights Watch for the “Arria formula” meeting on Somalia

Human Rights Watch welcomes this initiative by the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Somalia. The situation in Somalia is one of the world's starkest and most neglected tragedies. In basic human terms…
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Joint NGO Statement to Members of Congress in Support of H.R. 275

We write in support of H.R. 275, the Global Online Freedom Act of 2007, in its effort to prevent U.S. companies from carrying out or facilitating the suppression of online speech in China and other countries. The bill would make it more difficult for…
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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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Testimony by Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director

Mr. Chairman, thank you for your invitation to testify on the human rights situation in Burma and on U.S. policy towards that country. I want to begin by telling you how deeply honored I am to share this panel with Daw San San, who is a woman of rare…
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Testimony by Tom Malinowski before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Thank you Mr. Chairman for giving me the opportunity to testify today, and for ensuring that North Korea's appalling human rights record remains part of the picture as we consider the way forward with Pyongyang.   All of us here agree that North Korea…