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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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65th session of the Committee Against Torture

We write in advance of the Committee against Torture’s adoption of the list of issues prior to reporting on France at its November 2018 session to highlight some concerns regarding France’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,…
Demonstrators carrying banners and placards take part in the Women's March next to the Eiffel Tower on the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme on January 21, 2017 in Paris, France.
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29th session of the Universal Periodic Review, January 2018

Summary
 
 Discrimination on grounds of origin or religion remains a significant problem in France. Abusive police identity checks disproportionally affect minorities, which France has failed to address despite a commitment to do so at its last…
French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, March 30, 2016.
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57th Session of the Committee Against Torture

Dear Members of the Committee Against Torture,
 
 We write in advance of the Committee against Torture’s April 2016 review of France to highlight some concerns regarding France’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,…
French soldiers patrol in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France
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By Alice Farmer and Lilana Keith

When Human Rights Watch first saw Yemi, the 17-year-old boy was huddled on a concrete bench in the corner of a windowless, graffitied holding cell run by the French border police. Clad in a stiff new leather jacket but otherwise without clothing warm…
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HRC 23 - Statement Delivered Under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of France addressed a range of concerns, including on the issues of discrimination in particular with regards to identity checks and religious symbols, forced evictions and expulsions of Roma and counterterrorism laws.…
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Reforms Urgently Needed

France should act on its promise to prohibit and prevent ethnic profiling and provide effective remedies to victims, the Open Society Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch said today. France officially accepted recommendations to end ethnic profiling…
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By Philippe Bolopion, UN Advocacy Director

The events that engulfed El-Ayoun, the capital of Western Sahara, on November 8 should convince French diplomats to change course on a little known issue, but one which embarrasses even the most seasoned of its diplomats. For several years behind the…
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France’s human rights record will come under scrutiny today at the United Nations Human Rights Council in a new country assessment mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). With France poised to take up the presidency of the European Union in…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Over the past five years, France has forcibly removed dozens of foreign residents accused of links to terrorism and extremism. Available government figures indicate that 71 individuals described as “Islamic fundamentalists” were forcibly removed from…
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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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Better Human Rights Protections Needed in National Security Removal Cases

The lack of safeguards in France’s policy of expelling foreign residents with alleged links to violent extremism undermines human rights and alienates communities whose cooperation is critical to the fight against terrorism, Human Rights Watch said in a…