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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Facilitate Safe Crossing for Civilians to Meet Humanitarian Needs

(Kyiv) – Excessive, confusing, and arbitrary restrictions on movement, imposed in parts of eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed armed groups in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, fail to properly accommodate humanitarian imperatives and put an undue…
Люди слушают вооруженного человека из так называемой "ДНР" во время ожидания перед пересечением линии соприкосновения на контрольно-пропускном пункте, который был временно закрыт в связи с пандемией Covid-19, а затем вновь открыт, возле поселка Оленевка Донецкой области, Украина, 7 июля 2020 года.
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Restrictions That Pushed People into Poverty Lifted, But More Reform Needed

Update (August 3, 2020): Despite a decree by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers announcing that as of August 1, 2020 self-isolation requirements would be lifted for all those crossing into government-controlled territory in the east, groups working on…
A soldier in a face mask checks the temperature of an older woman at a checkpoint in Mayorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Monday, March 16, 2020.
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Allegations of Torture, Due Process Violations, Inadequate Health Care

(Beirut) – An Emirati court sentenced an Omani man to life in prison in May 2020, following what appears to have been a grossly unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. A family member said that following the arrest of Abdullah al-Shaamsi in…
The Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court.
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Mandated Use of Covid-19 Tracking App Leaves People Trapped

(Kyiv) – Dozens of people are stranded in a “gray zone” between the warring parties in eastern Ukraine, unable to cross the line separating areas controlled by the government from those controlled by Russia-backed armed groups, Human Rights Watch said…
People queue before leaving the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and crossing a separation line with Ukraine at a checkpoint, which was temporary closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and then reopened, in Donetsk Region, Ukraine. June 22, 2020.
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Promising Commitments; Proper Implementation, Additional Measures Needed

  (Beirut) – Omani authorities should ensure that migrant workers receive adequate protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, a coalition of 16 nongovernmental organizations and trade unions said on April 10, 2020 in a letter to the…
Logos of civil society organizations and trade unions.
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Unwarranted Amid Health Risks, Global Travel Restrictions

    (Beirut) – People in immigration detention in Gulf countries pending deportation should be given alternatives to detention amid health risks and global travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Human…
A worker rests at his accommodation in Qadisiya labor camp, Saudi Arabia August 17, 2016.
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COVID-19 in Europe, the Central Eurasian Region, and Turkey

What are some of your biggest concerns about the coronavirus moving through Europe and Central Asia? Europe is one of the world’s epicenters of COVID-19 cases. There’s an awful death toll in Italy and Spain with the numbers of dead going up…
Military police officers patrol at a market in Budapest, Hungary, March 31, 2020.
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Authorities Close Crossing Points in Eastern Ukraine Due to COVID-19

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian authorities, in response to the threat of COVID-19, shut down all movement across the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, but they have not made adequate provisions for those who may be stranded as a result, Human…
Прикордонники на КПВВ «Гнутове» неподалік від Маріуполя. Україна.
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Pensioners Unable to Travel from Separatist-held Areas Need Reforms

(Kyiv) – Pensioners with limited mobility due to illness, disability, or advancing age who live in nongovernment-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine face overwhelming difficulty accessing their pensions or do not get them at all, Human Rights…
People stand near an ATM, located near the contact line between Russia-backed armed groups and Ukrainian troops in Mayorsk, Ukraine.
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Ease Hardship on Older People in Conflict Areas

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s new government should intensify efforts to protect the rights of older Ukrainians living in nongovernment-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Volodymyr…
An older man with a disability sits on an old luggage cart preparing to cross the Stanitsa Luhanska border point in Eastern Ukraine.
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Each month, about one million people cross through checkpoints like Stanytsia Luhanska in east Ukraine. More than half are older people traveling into areas under Ukrainian control to collect social benefit payments. Between January and early April,…
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Discrimination against War-Zone Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine

  Seventy-eight-year-old Galina lives in a city on the front line separating Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed armed groups in eastern Ukraine. Before the fighting began five years ago, collecting her Ukrainian pension was as simple as a five…
Older people lining up at bank machines in government-controlled areas of Ukraine.
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Government Should Stop Requiring Pensioners to Register as Displaced Persons

Ukrainians living in regions controlled by Russian-backed armed groups face many challenges when crossing the line of contact between their homes and Ukrainian-controlled territory. But many have no choice: Half the one million people…
Pensioners queuing in front of a state bank branch in government-controlled Stanitsa Luhanska. March 22, 2018.
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Older people who need to travel between the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine and government-controlled areas face arbitrary obstacles, including risks to their health and safety. A central problem is that those in control of the area have not made the…
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Two Years Later, Victims No Closer to Remedy

(Kyiv) – Victims of arbitrary detention in government-controlled secret prisons in eastern Ukraine face new, serious obstacles to justice, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. At least five detainees held…
© 2016 Human Rights Watch cover illustration with two men tied up
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Improve Security, Facilities Along the Line of Contact, Facilitate Better Crossing for Civilians

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian civilians are exposed to risks to their health and safety – even grave danger – as they face endless waits when they need to go back and forth across the contact line between government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine and the…
Civilians waiting at the Novotroitske crossing point in the government-controlled Donetsk region, December 21, 2016.
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you Madam President for giving us the floor a second time for a short statement. We want to express our appreciation for the cascade of interventions we have just heard on Ukraine. It was an extraordinary chorus of voices speaking as one…
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Summary In April 2015, Vadim, 39, was traveling on a shuttle bus home to Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine. He had boarded in Slovyansk, which is under Ukrainian government control. At a…