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11 Asia-Pacific Governments Oppose 120 States on Capital Punishment Moratorium

(Bangkok) – Eleven countries from the Asia-Pacific region were among the small minority that voted against a United Nations resolution opposing the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 17, 120 UN member states voted in favor of a…
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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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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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28th session of the UPR

This submission highlights key areas of concern regarding Japan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations since its previous Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) in 2012 and 2008: disability rights, discrimination and bullying based on…
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Re: Legal Recognition of Transgender People in Japan

Complaint submitted to: Juan MéndezUN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Dainius PūrasUN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest…
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Accused of not being “girly enough,” she was frequently swarmed by students and beaten with a roll of paper. Her teachers witnessed the abuse again and again but did nothing. She begged her junior high classmates for help -- but they told her to endure…
A 20 year old Japanese woman who was bullied by her classmates in junior high school holds a notebook displaying the message...
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A public debate at the UN on April 10 will serve up a revisionist denial of the worst killings in Europe since the end of World War II: the ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia that horrified the world in the 1990s. While the session's ostensible…
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Urge Members of Human Rights Council to Establish Commission

(Tokyo) ­– The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), consisting of over 40 leading human rights organizations and activists, today welcomes Japan’s strong position in favor of the establishment of a new United…
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UN Rights Council Should Take Action on Japan’s Call

(Tokyo) – Japan’s official decision to support the establishment of a new United Nations inquiry mechanism on human rights violations in North Korea is an important step toward the establishment of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations…
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UN Investigation Needed to Document “Systematic and Egregious” Rights Abuses

  (Geneva) – Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should vote to establish a commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea when the matter comes up before the February-March session of the council, said Human Rights…
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Letter to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe

  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan Re:  The Central Role of Japan in Addressing Human Rights Abuses in North Korea   Dear Prime MinisterAbe,  On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I wish to congratulate you on your recent…
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UN Values Under Threat

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well known for deciding world heritages, is in the middle of a controversy surrounding a "dictator" prize. In 2008, UNESCO created an award called the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema…
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Burma’s Generals Are Sitting Pretty After One Year of the Bloody Crackdown

There's one country that we're pretty sure won't make it into any of the US presidential debates nor Japan's up-coming general election debates. Despite all the noise and widespread condemnation just one year ago during the regime's brutal crackdown,…
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Many people in Bosnia and beyond thought they would never see Radovan Karadzic standing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It seemed almost beyond the dreams of the rape victims that I interviewed in Bosnia in…
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UN Vote Upholds Council Membership Standards on Rights

(New York) – UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lanka to the body today. Domestic and international human rights advocates who had opposed Sri Lanka’s re-election to the council…
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States Avoid Serious Discussion of Rights in Algeria, Tunisia

(Geneva) – The first session of the new country review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council was undermined by inconsistencies and the timidity of some governments in reviewing others, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2008 the council…
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Will Assess India, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and 12 Others

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council will begin a new review process on April 7, 2008. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the most innovative and ambitious instrument of the council and was set up to assess the human rights performance of all 192 UN…
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Courts for Yugoslavia, Rwanda Need Promised Funds and Cooperation

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council must adjust the deadlines to complete the work of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda (ICTY and ICTR) if justice is to be done, Human Rights Watch urged today. U.N.…
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Up Against the Military

The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Paulo Pinheiro, was forced to cut short a mission to Burma last month when a bugging device was discovered in a room where he was interviewing political prisoners. The aborted UN mission is a symptom…