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Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Children’s Rights and Alternative Care June 30, 2021 Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of its upcoming Day…
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Placing Human Rights at the Heart of EU Action

It is five years since the EU adopted its Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. As EU foreign ministers prepare to take stock of progress so far, we, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to suggest ways to improve the…
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Security during trials Several trials related to the June violence, which have taken place in southern Kyrgyzstan since August 2010, have been marred by threats and violence before, during and after court sessions, including in the courtroom itself.…
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Oral statement on the UPR outcome

The government of Kyrgyzstan deserves credit for participating in the Universal Periodic Review in May 2010 despite the difficult political situation after the political violence and change of government in early April. But since that review the country…
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Testimony for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

I am honored to appear before you today. Thank you for your invitation to speak about the human rights crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan and what the US government can do to help address it. Mr. Chairman, Commission members: Human Rights Watch has been…
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Testimony for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

I am honored to appear before you today. Thank you for your invitation to speak about the human rights crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan and what the US government can do to help address it. Mr. Chairman, Commission members: Human Rights Watch has been…
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On the Establishment and Conduct of an Investigation into the Events of April 6-7

Human Rights Watch welcomes the April 8 statement by Roza Otunbaeva, head of the interim government, announcing the establishment of a commission to investigate the violent events of April 6-7. We are writing to share recommendations for a prompt,…
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Submission to the 8th UPR session (May 2010)

Summary This submission highlights several key areas of concern regarding Kyrgyzstan's compliance with its international human rights obligations, including the right to a fair trial; torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in detention; the right…
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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…
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Special Session on East Timor, Geneva, September 23-24, 1999

Madam Chair, Human Rights Watch believes that there is a strong prima facie case that crimes against humanity have been committed in East Timor. We urge the Commission to set up a formal Commission of Experts, composed of expert investigators and given…