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Uphold Pledge to End Immigration Detention of Children

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should immediately release 181 ethnic minority refugees and asylum seekers, most with UN refugee status, who were recently arrested, Human Rights Watch said today. Those detained come mostly from the Montagnard…
An elderly Montagnard woman sits at the door of a “house church” in Kret Krot village in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on September 26, 2013.
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Country’s New Leaders Fail to Ease Up on Repression

(New York) – The Vietnamese government engaged in a broad crackdown on freedom of speech, opinion, association, assembly, and religion in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Rights bloggers and activists faced constant police…
Farmers from Duong Noi village protest during the trial of Can Thi Theu, a farmer and land rights activist in Hanoi. The placards read "Can Thi Theu is innocent," "Justice for innocent Can Thi Theu" and "Make arrest - grabbing land is criminal," September
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(New York) – Human Rights Watch joined ten other organizations on September 24, 2015 in issuing a statement expressing concern about the possible return of more than 100 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam, where they would be at risk…
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Map of Vietnam Summary Every time the police summoned me to the commune police station, they beat me and denied me food. I was placed in a small room with hands tied and an interrogator beat…
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Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United…
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Earlier this week here in Geneva, a few minutes' walk from the imposing facade of the United Nations refugee agency's headquarters, I opened my morning paper. At first glance I saw that Swiss "house rules" had changed, so that "permission" would be…
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Prevent Discrimination in Access to Public Facilities

The Swiss government is arbitrarily interfering with asylum seekers’ free movement rights by giving local authorities the authority to prohibit them from using public school and sports facilities, Human Rights Watch said. On August 7, 2013, the head of…
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Allow Access to EU Territory, Step Up Assistance in Region

(Brussels) – The European Union and its member states should do more to help the thousands of Syrian asylum seekers trying to reach Europe as the Syrian crisis worsens and winter sets in, Human Rights Watch said today. Between March 2011 and September…
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Switzerland is a country of paradoxes. Rich with humanitarian traditions, home of international human rights bodies and organizations, and numerous global companies, it is also a place where the debate around migration has grown increasingly hard-line.…
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On the Margins Rights Abuses of Ethnic Khmer in Vietnam's Mekong Delta Map of Mekong Delta Region Provinces, Vietnam I. Summary The crackdown in Vietnam Cambodia's repression of Khmer Krom activists Key…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch is concerned about a number of practices which in Switzerland have led to serious instances of human rights violations that erode the implementation of international standards of human rights protection in the country. Human Rights…
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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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Human Rights Watch Submission to CERD

In this memorandum sent to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination prior to its discussion on the rights of non-citizens, Human Rights Watch outlines its concerns regarding discrimination against selected categories of non-citizens in…
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Land Grabbing, Church Destruction, and Police Abuse in the Central Highlands

(New York) Vietnam should cease its persecution of indigenous Montagnards in the Central Highlands, and Cambodia should continue to offer sanctuary to those fleeing across the border, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 200-page…
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(New York) -- Ahead of tripartite talks in Phnom Penh on the status of Vietnamese ethnic minority asylum seekers in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch today called on all parties to ensure that the rights of individuals fleeing persecution are fully protected.…
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(New York) Human Rights Watch said today that no ethnic minority asylum seekers from Vietnam currently in Cambodia should be repatriated until sufficient safeguards are in place on the Vietnamese side of the border. Talks between Vietnam, Cambodia, and…
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Human Rights Watch today denounced the Cambodian government's forced expulsions of at least eighty-nine indigenous minority asylum seekers from the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and called for immediate measures to protect other refugees who may be at…
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(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today praised the efforts of the Cambodian government and the Office of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in providing protection for twenty-four indigenous minority asylum seekers from Vietnam. Eighteen refugees…