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Pass Amendments to Protect Peaceful Dissent

(Nairobi) – Senegal’s new counterterrorism laws could punish political speech and peaceful protest as “terrorist acts,” target union leaders, and dangerously expand police surveillance powers, Human Rights Watch said today. The government and…
People flee teargas thrown by riot police during a protest against the proposed counterterrorism law and penal code reform at the Cheikh Anta Diop University campus in Dakar, Senegal, June 25, 2021.
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Unlimited Surveillance Powers Are Among a Series of Attacks on Freedoms

(New York) – Nepal’s Special Service Bill risks giving the national intelligence agency unlimited surveillance and search powers, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed law, which permits communications interception without judicial oversight,…
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli attends this year's fiscal policy and programs during complete nationwide lockdown at federal parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, May 15, 2020.
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Government’s Recent Moves Have Restricted Activists

(New York) – The government of Nepal should ensure that forthcoming legislation to regulate social organizations protects the right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said. The government should hold open consultations with activists…
Nepalese activists shout slogans after being detained by police during a protest against the government, in front of the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
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Online Fraud Laws Used to Crack Down on Free Speech

The recent crackdown on journalists in Nepal is bad enough, but now the authorities have gone one step further and jailed a comedian for critiquing a film. Pranesh Gautam, 24, an architect and part-time comedian who posts on…
A journalist protests a set of laws that threaten to curb free speech, Kathmandu, Nepal, September 19, 2018.
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Escalating Crackdown on Journalists, Social Media

(New York) – The authorities in Nepal should stop prosecuting journalists and social media users for peaceful reporting and online expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli…
Journalists stage a protest against new laws that threaten to curb media freedoms, Kathmandu, Nepal, September 19, 2018.
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Investigate Assault on Human Rights Commission

(New York) – Authorities in Nepal should immediately investigate allegations of indiscriminate and excessive use of force by security forces that has led to four deaths, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also ensure proper protection…
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Supreme Court Orders Release of Journalist Dixit

(New York) – The Nepal government’s Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) should scrupulously follow the order of the Supreme Court to abide by proper procedures while conducting its investigation into prominent journalist and…
Kanak Mani Dixit speaks to people gathered in support of a ceasefire announcement in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 3, 2005.
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Senegal Shows Leadership, Compassion in Accepting Libyan Detainees

(New York) – The United States government’s release of two Libyan detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Senegal on April 4, 2016, shows meaningful progress on closing the prison, Human…
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Summary They fired teargas shells, scared the children. Everyone here is very scared, scared of the police. The women and children don’t want to go out of the house. We are being treated inhumanely, like second-class citizens.…
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President Barack Obama’s second presidential visit to Africa kicks off in Senegal, with stops in South Africa and Tanzania. This is a good regional mix highlighting the development and governance successes that are likely to be main themes of his trip.…
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Response Tests Commitment of Leader, Former Rebel Chief, to Rule of Law

(New York) - Nepalese authorities should promptly and impartially investigate and prosecute alleged ruling party activists responsible for an attack on journalists on December 21, 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. The assailants had known ties to the…
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Appeasing China Restricting the Rights of Tibetans in Nepal Map of South Asia Map of the Kathmandu Valley I. Summary Key recommendations Methodology II. Background III. Violations of the Right to…
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Police Threaten to Return Peaceful Tibetans Protesters to China

(New York) - The government of Nepal should end arbitrary detention, threats and harassment against peaceful Tibetan protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Government forces are pre-emptively arresting Tibetans in Kathmandu as they attempt to move…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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(New York) - The Nepalese army is preventing local journalists and rights activists from publicizing abuses by the military or criticizing any government action, Human Rights Watch said today. Since February 1, when the Royal Nepal Army supported King…
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(New York) -- The Nepalese government should respond to a threatened judicial ban on an organization that defends lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s rights by affirming the freedoms of association and expression, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Letter to the Minister of Home Affairs

The Hon. Purna Bahadur Khadka Minister of Home Affairs Ministry of Home Affairs, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal Dear Minister: We are writing to express grave concern over the Nepalese Supreme Court’s proposed ban on activities, including advocacy,…