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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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Delivered Under Item 2, Interactive Dialogue of HRC 25

We thank the High Commissioner for her statement. We share her concerns today on arbitrary detention, unfair trial and restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Egypt. The situation has grown increasingly dire over the past eight…
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Oral Statement under Item 4 - General Debate

The election of Mohamed Morsi marks the first partial transfer of authority to an elected, civilian president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.  Morsi is also the first Egyptian without a background as an army general to become president…
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Oral statement under Item 4, General Debate

Since assuming power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of Egypt has failed to address several serious human rights problems in the country, and in many cases has exacerbated them.  Excessive use of force against protesters, with near-total…
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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…
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Army officers and military police arbitrarily detained at least 119 people since the army took up positions in Egyptian cities and towns on the night of January 28, 2011, and in at least five cases tortured them. What follows are accounts from two…
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Testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Written Testimony of Arvind Ganesan Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch Mr. Chairman: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the important matter of global internet freedom. I would also like to thank Senator Coburn, the…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch is concerned about a number of practices which in Switzerland have led to serious instances of human rights violations that erode the implementation of international standards of human rights protection in the country. Human Rights…
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Human Rights Watch provided an expert affidavit to the United States District Court of Pennsylvania in July 2007 in the case of Khouzam v. Hogan, involving an appeal against the deportation of an Egyptian national from the United States in reliance upon…
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Remarks at Press Conference Held by Representative Ed Markey

Wendy Patten, U.S. Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, spoke today at a press conference on Capitol Hill on the Bush Administration’s abusive practice of transferring a person to a country where he or she is likely to be tortured. Ms. Patten…
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Human Rights Watch Submission to CERD

In this memorandum sent to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination prior to its discussion on the rights of non-citizens, Human Rights Watch outlines its concerns regarding discrimination against selected categories of non-citizens in…
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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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Decree No. 50/2001, promulgated on September 22, 2001, provides for sweeping and unreasonable controls of newspapers, magazines, and other periodical publications, as well as virtually anything else printed in Syria, from books to pamphlets and posters.
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Middle East Watch is concerned that the Egyptian government is using its emergency law and other measures to stifle emerging domestic dissent against the Gulf War. In a letter to President Hosni Mubarak dated February 11, Middle East Watch said that a…