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The Thai authorities’ adoption of a draft law to regulate non-profit groups would strike a severe blow to human rights in Thailand, several international organizations said today. The bill is the latest effort by the Thai government to pass repressive…
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(Bangkok) – The recent Thai Ministry of Justice’s decision to grant a human rights award to a company currently facing trial for human rights abuses casts serious concerns on the government’s commitment to upholding human rights especially in the in the…
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126th session, June 2019

This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch’s main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in Tajikistan, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (“the Committee”) in advance of its pre-sessional review of…
After his arrest in December 2017, Tajik activists and other supporters around the globe created a campaign known as #FreeKhayrullo to gain independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov’s freedom.
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Ratify the ILO Work in Fishing Convention

Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions. To protect this vulnerable group, the…
A trawler comes into port in Ratsada, Phuket, May 22, 2016.
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End Detention, Forcible Returns of Refugees

(Bangkok) – On the occasion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mr. Filippo Grandi’s visit to Thailand, we, the undersigned, urge the Thai government to demonstrate its commitment to protecting refugees by…
UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi addresses a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about several human rights situations that have either been inadequately addressed by this Council, or on which the Council has remained largely silent. Bangladesh has taken an ever-increasing turn to…
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AHRD falls far below international standards

Disregarding the deep concerns expressed by senior United Nations officials, human rights experts and hundreds of civil society and grassroots organisations at the national, regional and international levels, ASEAN leaders nonetheless adopted  yesterday…
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Statement by the Global Network Initiative The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is concerned by the restrictions on the right to freedom of expression imposed by the Government of Tajikistan following violence in the region of Gorno-Badakhshan. Last week…
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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…