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Summary I am broken. There is nobody here to call me mother. The only thing I want is for my son to return. We won’t even talk about it. We’ll forget what happened, please just bring him back. Everything is lost from my end. —Ayesha Ali, mother…
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Rights Groups Call for Decisive Action on International Day for Victims

(New York) – The Bangladesh government has failed to address widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment by its security forces, ten rights groups said on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The groups called on the…
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials stand alert inside a truck in front of Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 20, 2021.
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Documentary Alleges Links Between General Aziz and Security Force Abuses

(New York) – The United Nations should use its meetings with senior Bangladeshi military officials next week to protest attempts to use the UN as cover for abuses at home, seven human rights groups said today. The UN should announce a comprehensive…
Army chief General Aziz Ahmed (R) looks on during a program in a refugee camp in Ukhia on November 24, 2019.
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Important Coastal Barrier at Risk from Increased Pollution

Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful to strike in the Bay of Bengal in 20 years, made landfall on the India-Bangladesh coast last month. Amphan ripped off roofs, washed away homes, and flooded farms. Crucially, Bangladesh was able to mitigate impact and…
Men working in a coal mine in Bangladesh
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Urgently Find Sustainable, Rights-Respecting Strategy

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s lack of a comprehensive solid waste management strategy is incurring huge environmental and public health costs, the Waste Management Coalition and Human Rights Watch said today. Trash began piling up on the streets in Beirut and…
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Al-Dika Case Illustrates Failure to Follow Procedures

(Beirut) – Lebanese judicial authorities failed to investigate serious torture allegations made by Hassan al-Dika prior to his death in custody, Human Rights Watch said today, on the two-year anniversary of the passage of an anti-torture law.…
Hassan al-Dika © Private
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Open Burning Endangers Health; Urgently Find Rights-Respecting Solution

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s ministerial committee tasked with solving Lebanon’s waste management emergency has yet to act despite a four-month trash crisis in the north, Human Rights Watch said today. The crisis has resulted in trash in the…
Open burning of waste in Majadel, south Lebanon.
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Country’s First Review by UN Committee against Torture

(Geneva) – Bangladesh should implement the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee against Torture to end the widespread practice of torture in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee’s first review of Bangladesh…
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters.
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Urgently Find Rights-Respecting Solution, Consult with Public

(Beirut) – The Borj Hammoud landfill, one of two principal landfills serving Beirut, Lebanon, is set to reach capacity by the end of July 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The government had initially estimated that the landfill…
A beach where a heavy winds and strong waves washed ashore piles of garbage in Keserwan, north of Beirut, Lebanon, on 23 January 2018.
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Forced to Sign “Voluntary” Return Forms; Risk of Serious Harm

(Beirut) – Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch, the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH), Legal Agenda,…
Members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate oversee Syrian refugees boarding a bus to take them home to Syria, in the northern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Bilal Hussein
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Itani Case Shouldn’t Be Heard by Military Courts

UPDATE:  Ziad Itani told Human Rights Watch that after his hearing on April 12, 2019, the military prosecution decided to return the case to the civilian judiciary. (Beirut) – Lebanese judicial authorities should move the Ziad Itani…
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Allocate Sufficient Budget; Investigate Allegations

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s Council of Ministers on March 7, 2019 appointed the five members of the country’s National Preventative Mechanism against Torture, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanon’s parliament passed a law…
Ziad Itani, a Lebanese actor, who was exonerated of spying for Israel, is carried after he was released by Lebanese authorities. Itani has accused security officials of torturing him and has called on authorities to investigate.
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Open Waste Burning Continues to Pose Health Risks Across Country

After years of researching Lebanon’s waste crisis, I was horrified to find out it had come to my family’s village. Open waste burning at unregulated dumps across Lebanon creates serious health risks for people living nearby. Mine and…
Smoke rising from the smoldering dump at Qabrikha, October 11, 2018, Qabrikha, Lebanon.
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Open Burning by Municipalities Endangering Health

(Beirut) – Lebanese municipalities are endangering the health of residents by openly burning waste despite the passage of a national solid waste management law banning the practice, Human Rights Watch said today. Following decades of…
Signs of burning at the al-Qantara dump, including soot from recent burns and ash deposits.
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Ziad Itani’s Account a Test Case for Country’s New Torture Law

(Beirut) – Ziad Itani, the well-known actor exonerated of spying for Israel, has described in detail his forced disappearance in Lebanon and torture in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 29, 2018, military investigative judge, Riad…
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Release Investigation into Why 4 Syrians Died

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s army should release the findings of its investigation into the deaths a year ago of four Syrians in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite evidence of torture, the military prosecutor announced on July 24,…
A Lebanese soldier at an army post in the hills above the Lebanese town of Arsal
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Using Robotic Technology to Research Waste Burning in Lebanon

Human Rights Watch released a report this month that included, for the first time in our history, photographic evidence that we collected with a semi-autonomous robotic plane, commonly called a drone. Built by Sensefly, a…
A drone-acquired image of a garbage dump in Bar Elias, Lebanon, where open burns are harming the health of nearby residents.
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Summary “It’s like there’s fog across the whole town. We are coughing all the time, unable to breathe, sometimes we wake up and see ash in our spit. The intensity of the smell would cause us to become dizzy.” —Othman, Kfar Zabad, February 16, 2017…
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End Open Burning; Create Long-Term Waste Management Plan

  (Beirut) – The lack of action by authorities to end open burning of waste across Lebanon is posing serious health risks for nearby residents, violating their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
Open burning of waste in Majadel, south Lebanon
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The lack of action by authorities to end open burning of waste across Lebanon is posing serious health risks for nearby residents, violating their right to health. People living near open burning reported health problems consistent with the frequent and…