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General Assembly Members Should Not Vote for China, Saudi Arabia

(New York) – United Nations member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments, for seats on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Russia’s numerous war crimes in Syria’s…
A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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31st session of the Universal Periodic Review; 3rd cycle

While Malaysia has taken some positive steps since its last UPR review in 2013, the situation for freedom of speech and peaceful assembly has undergone a significant deterioration. Genuine efforts are needed not only to improve respect for these basic…
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Statement Delivered Under Item 6

The recommendations addressed to Malaysia reflect the broad concerns about its unwillingness to sign and ratify core UN human rights conventions and bring its domestic legislation into conformity with international law, in particular concerning the rights…
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A sense of urgency about the need to reverse Malaysia’s deteriorating human rights situation went missing from its second Universal Periodic Review – the United Nations Human Rights Council’s critique of member countries. Three years down the road since…
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‘Turn for the Worse’ Seen in Repressive Laws; Rights Defenders Detained

(Geneva) – United Nations member countries should urge Malaysia to reverse its serious backsliding on human rights at the UN Human Rights Council. Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place on October 24, 2013. Fresh repressive…
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Introduction Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. In 2012 the government of Raúl Castro continued to enforce political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts of…
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Oral statement at the 16th Human Rights Council session - February 7th, 2011

Human Rights Watch commends the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for its incisive critique of conditions in Malaysia. We urge Malaysia to promptly implement the recommendations of the WGAD. Malaysia cannot present itself as a responsible…
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End Indefinite Detention of Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Burma

(New York) - Thailand should immediately allow the United Nations refugee agency unhindered access to 211 detained ethnic Rohingya asylum seekers to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. A group of…
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Government Should Act Swiftly on Commitments to Improve Rights

(New York) - Malaysia should urgently adopt human rights reforms to justify its candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Malaysia is one of four Asia group countries…
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General Assembly Members Should Not Reward Rights Abusers with Votes

(New York) – Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia undermine their candidacies for the May 12, 2009 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a global coalition of international nongovernmental…
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End Preventative Detention, Investigate Abuses

(Geneva) - United Nations member states should raise concerns about arbitrary and preventive detention and abuses against migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at the upcoming review of Malaysia's human rights record, Human Rights Watch said today.  …
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Allows Detention in Violation of Geneva Conventions

President George W. Bush’s new executive order on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program is contrary to the Geneva Conventions, Human Rights Watch said today. The new order, issued today, purports to determine that the CIA’s…
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Human Rights Watch reiterated its call to President George W. Bush in a letter today to close immediately the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Human Rights Watch said the continued detention of hundreds of men without charge has undermined US efforts…
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No Need to Wait for Transfers or Creation of Military Commissions

Human Rights Watch reiterated its call to President George W. Bush in a letter today to close immediately the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Human Rights Watch said the continued detention of hundreds of men without charge has undermined US efforts…
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Hicks Pleads Guilty; New Detainee Arrives

Two defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainee David Hicks were barred from representing their client yesterday, highlighting the failure of US military commissions to meet fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Hicks, the first person to be…
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Civilians in Darfur, Sri Lanka Need Protection

(Geneva) – The new U.N. Human Rights Council must take urgent action to address crises from Darfur to Sri Lanka and expand its focus beyond the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said today. The council begins its second regular session today. Thus far the…