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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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Baseless Slurs Aim to Silence Critics

Media reports say the US government is seeking to discredit the work of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Oxfam, organizations dedicated to enabling people worldwide to live in freedom and dignity, Human Rights Watch said today. The US State…
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Informal Dialogue with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The world is being tested by the Covid-19 pandemic, described by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War."
 
 It is a health and human rights crisis on a global…
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Item 7 General Debate

Three and-a-half years have passed since this body passed without opposition resolution 31/36 mandating the establishment of a database of businesses facilitating Israeli settlements and two and-a-half years since the initial deadline for publishing it.…
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Item 7 General Debate

We share the view expressed in the High Commissioner’s annual report to the Council last session that “settlements affect all aspects of Palestinians' daily lives, including significant negative impact on freedom of movement, and access to work, education…
A road near the Israeli settlement of Dolev, where a gate blocks Palestinians from the nearby village of Ein Qinya from driving to the main road.
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Item 2 General Debate

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns at the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful democracy protesters in Sudan. The High Commissioner has rightly emphasized the Council’s prevention mandate, but expressed regret that the government has not…
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Item 7 General Debate

As Israeli authorities expand settlements at an “unprecedented high level,” in the words of a recent European Union report, it is more urgent than ever that the High Commissioner for Human Rights  release the long-awaited report on the database of…
Tear gas fired by Israeli forces fall near Palestinian protesters on May 14 east of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip.
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Item 7 General Debate

The urgent situation in Gaza deteriorated in recent months. Israeli forces have continued to fire on Palestinians participating in weekly demonstrations against Israeli rights abuses near the fences between Gaza and Israel, killing 156, including 24…
Tear gas fired by Israeli forces fall near Palestinian protesters on May 14 east of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip.
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Item 6 UPR Adoption

Since its last UPR in 2012, Israel has further cemented a two-tiered discriminatory system that treats Palestinians separately and unequally, dispensing varying sets of inferior rights depending on where they are from. The regime of institutionalized…
Tear gas fired by Israeli forces fall near Palestinian protesters on May 14 east of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip.
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28th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

As hundreds gathered in Jerusalem – just this past Monday - to celebrate the move of the U.S. Embassy, a mere 100 kilometers away, Israeli forces, protected by the fence separating Israel from Gaza, fired on Palestinian demonstrators. They killed 60…
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Item 7 General Debate

In the last six months, settlement expansion has continued unabated, in violation of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power and to the detriment of Palestinian residents, who live under a discriminatory, two-tiered system.
 
 In the last year…
Israeli soldiers detain 16-year-old Fawzi al-Junaidi in Hebron amid protests in December over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.