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Rights Groups Urge Key Countries to Press for Information

Today, eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced…
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Human Rights Council Panel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, I wish to address the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in realizing its ideals. This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the ICC’s…
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Interactive Dialogue with COI on Syria

Human Rights Watch thanks the Commission of Inquiry for highlighting the devastating and unlawful acts committed by parties on both sides of the conflict during the offensive on Eastern Ghouta between February and April 2018. Over the months leading up to…
A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands next to debris of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, September 25, 2017. © 2017 REUTERS
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Urgent Debate on deteriorating situation of human rights in Eastern Ghouta at the Human Rights Council

We express the greatest concern for the situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, as it continues to deteriorate significantly. And we welcome this urgent debate. As UN Secretary General Guterres told the Human Rights Council at…
An elderly man walks near a damaged building in the besieged town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Human Rights Watch supports the findings of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. An investigation by Human Rights Watch has established that the Syrian government forces have used nerve agents on…
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters on their way to Raqqa, Syria June 6, 2017© 2017 Reuters
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Item 6 UPR Adoption

Uganda deserves praise for having a policy of economic integration of refugees, unlike neighboring countries. But despite nominally creating multiple positions to address human rights issues in country, many of Uganda’s human rights commitments remain…
Riot police block a driveway leading to the home of leading opposition politician and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate Kizza Besigye on the outskirts of Uganda's capital Kampala, February 20, 2016.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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Human Rights Council Special Session on human rights situation in Aleppo

For weeks, doctors, hospital staff, activists, and journalists in eastern Aleppo have told Human Rights Watch that Russian and Syrian aircraft have relentlessly bombarded opposition-controlled parts of the city in repeated indiscriminate attacks that hit…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Oral Statement under Item 4

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the escalating levels of violence in Syria. Since March 2011, we have documented serious human rights violations by Syrian forces amounting in certain cases to crimes against humanity, including indiscriminate…
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Oral Statement at the Human Rights Council Special Session - April 29th, 2011

Human Rights Watch welcomes the holding of this Special Session in response to the alarming human rights violations in Syria. The Council today should strongly voice its condemnation over the brutal abuses committed by setting up an independent…