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80th pre-session

Protection of Education from Attack (Article 28) In its 2017 concluding observations on Bhutan’s report under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, this Committee “…
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Azerbaijan UPR adoption

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report on Azerbaijan and notes that the government accepted numerous broad recommendations in a wide range of areas, including the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting human rights…
Gozel Bayramli, deputy chair of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), was detained in one of the protest rallies in April 2011 in capital Baku.
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Joint Statement

(London) – The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – a voluntary initiative promoting government transparency and accountability – decided on June 28, 2017 to extend Azerbaijan’s “inactive” status in the initiative for another year…
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Joint Statement

As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a…
Freedom for Mehman Huseynov.
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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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General Debate under Item 8

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action affirms the vital contribution of civil society to the realization of human rights. It is therefore with dismay that we note a concerted pushback against civil society participation in countries and…
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Situations that require the Council's serious concern

In spite of a clear mandate to prevent human rights violations, the Human Rights Council has demonstrated a clear lack of efficiency when fundamental human rights are gradually restricted. Bangladesh has been heading down an increasingly…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review report on Azerbaijan, which includes critical recommendations to improve the situation with regard to freedom of expression, assembly, and association. Its leadership needs to take immediate steps…
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Summary Azerbaijan’s human rights record has been on a continual decline since the previous UPR in 2009, casting serious doubt on the government’s willingness to abide by its commitments and to reform. The long-repressive atmosphere for independent…
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Submission to the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Testimony of Giorgi Gogia Caucasus Researcher, Human Rights Watch Azerbaijan’s Human Rights Situation Prior to the Election Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe July 29, 2008 Thank you, Chairman Hastings and the other members of the…
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Testimony of Bill Frelick to a Joint Briefing for the Congressional Children's Caucus and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the Status of Stateless Children

Mr. Chairman and Madame Chairwoman: Thank you very much for inviting me to testify. This is my second appearance before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the subject of statelessness—I had the honor of addressing this issue on the briefing held…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…