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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council:  Excellency,  We, the undersigned associations and human rights organisations call on the Human Rights Council to create a new mechanism assisting…
Demonstrators carry a huge historical flag of Belarus as thousands gather for a protest at the Independence square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 23, 2020.
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Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

(Geneva) – The High Commissioner’s report on the situation in Belarus compellingly describes the widespread, brutal, and violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and their supporters in the context of the recent presidential vote. It also details the…
Young demonstrators during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, 6 December 2020.
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Urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus

“The floor was dirty with blood and mud .... It was difficult to breathe. If we put our head to the side, they beat us....” This is just one quote from dozens of testimonies by victims of police torture and ill-treatment Human Rights Watch recorded…
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Civil society organizations call to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the leadup, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections

26 August 2020 Excellencies, We, the undersigned Belarusian and international non-governmental organisations, write to you to express our utmost concern and call on you to urgently convene a Special Session of the United Nations Human Rights…
Police officers detain a protester in Minsk, Belarus, on July 14, 2020 during a protest rally against a decision to bar a number of opposition candidates from running in the presidential elections on August 9.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

The report of the Special Rapporteur clearly indicates “the absence of significant improvements” in the country, and despite some marginal improvements on freedom of association, flags “further restrictions on online media.” As said by one of…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, urge your delegation to maintain scrutiny on the human rights situation in Belarus, including by ensuring the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Adoption of Nigeria's UPR

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch welcome Nigeria’s cooperation with the review process and its positive response to some of the recommendations made by other States in the UPR Working Group. We remain deeply concerned about…
Pallbearers carry coffins during the funeral service for people killed during clashes between cattle herders and farmers in Ibrahim Babangida Square in the Benue state capital, Makurdi, January 11, 2018. Violence between the mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The Special Rapporteur’s latest report finds that the Belarusian government is continuing its pattern of systemic oppression and human rights abuses and that there has been no improvement of the human rights situation in the country. Human Rights Watch’s…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Maladministration in Nigerian’s July 2016 Execution

The official Ombudsman of Indonesia has accused both the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Supreme Court of “maladministration” in denying a Nigerian citizen, executed for drug trafficking in July 2016, his legal rights. …
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

According to the most recent Special Rapporteur report, throughout March 2017, the government unleashed a nationwide violent crackdown on peaceful protests. HRW’s on-the-ground research, which included interviews with journalists, human rights activists,…
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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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Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, urge your delegation, and the United Nations Human Rights Council, to support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus under Item 4. …
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellency, We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, write to urge your Delegation to address the human rights situation in Belarus during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and to vote in favour of…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellency, We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, write to urge your Delegation to address the human rights situation in Belarus during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and to vote in favour of…
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Boko Haram

Human Rights Watch welcomes the holding of a long overdue Special Session on the human rights crisis affecting Northern Nigeria and neighboring countries and the devastating toll for civilians caught up in the conflict. Based on witness accounts and an…