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(London) – The attack at the Manchester Arena on the night of May 22, 2017, was a despicable act of violence, Human Rights Watch said today. According to official sources, at least 22 people were killed in the bombing, and 59…
A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, in central Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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Submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of its Pre-Sessional Review of Venezuela

Human Rights Watch welcomes the upcoming review of Venezuela by the Human Rights Committee. This briefing provides an overview of our main concerns with regard to Venezuela’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR…
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Summary Background Recommendations Areas of Concern Overly Broad Definition of Terrorism and Terrorists Overly Broad Definition of “Praising” Terrorism. Fair Trial Guarantees and Due Process Special Protective Measures Closed Hearing Anonymous Witnesses…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom addressed a range of concerns including counterterrorism legislation and policies, as well as ways in which the UK is failing to its obligations to promote and protect women’s human rights. The UK…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review report on Tunisia, which includes recommendations to improve the situation of human rights in a context of democratic transition. Although Tunisia’s government accepted many of these…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Summary UK counterterrorism policy and legislation continues to undermine fundamental human rights. The UK is failing to meet its obligations to promote and protect women’s human rights. Since the coming into office of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

I. Summary President Hugo Chávez and his supporters have effectively neutralized the independence of Venezuela's judiciary. In the absence of a judicial check on its actions, the Chávez government has systematically undermined freedom of expression and…
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Human Rights Watch Oral Statement at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council

(Geneva) - Human Rights Watch would like to thank the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for its Opinion 20/2010 on the arbitrary detention of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni of Venezuela. The decision to prosecute Judge Afiuni for upholding…
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

Mr. President, Human Rights Watch thanks the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers for her report. We were encouraged to see that she refers to the case of María Lourdes Afiuni, a Venezuelan judge who was arbitrarily arrested in…
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Second Reading of the Coroners and Justice Bill

This submission sets out Human Rights Watch's concerns with provisions in the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009 giving the Secretary of State broad scope to declare an inquest closed to public scrutiny.  Human Rights Watch believes that secret inquests are…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch’s key concerns with the United Kingdom’s compliance with international human rights law in the context of the fight against terrorism. Diplomatic assurances One of the most damaging counterterrorism policies…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

The government uses the threat of terrorism and religious extremism as a pretext to crack down on peaceful dissent. There are continuous and credible reports of torture and ill-treatment being used to obtain statements from suspects in custody. Sentenced…