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Over the last year, reporting about FIFA, football’s scandal-plagued governing body, has focused on arrests, corruption, and worker rights abuses in the upcoming World Cup host countries, Russia and Qatar.
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The New Brics Bank is an Opportunity to Learn Lessons and Ensure Every Infrastructure Project Protects Human Rights

The emerging Brics economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – struck an agreement this month to establish a development bank with an initial capital of $100bn. The Brics want the bank to mobilise resources for infrastructure and…
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Can the emerging economic powerhouses of the so-called BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – underwrite development in a way that doesn’t stamp on the rights of people who are supposed to benefit? That’s the big question following an…
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 “People work, they don’t get paid, and leave.

 Then a bus comes and unloads a fresh group of workers to repeat the

 cycle.” 
 
 ­—“Maxim,” a migrant worker from
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At 1-Year Countdown to Winter Games, IOC Intervention Urgently Needed

(Lausanne) – Migrant workers building sites and infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, have been cheated and exploited. With exactly one year to go before the Winter Olympics, Russia and the International Olympic Committee (IOC…
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On July 11, the Russian State Duma adopted a bill limiting freedom of information on the Internet. The day before the bill's adoption, Global Network Initiative (GNI), of which Human Rights Watch is a founding member, expressed its concern over this…
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Russian Arms Exporter Rosoboronexport Risks Complicity in Grave Abuses

(New York) – Governments and companies around the world should stop signing new contracts with arms suppliers such as the Russian firm Rosoboronexport that are providing weapons to the Syrian government. In light of compelling evidence that the Syrian…
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Mr. Anatoly Isaikin General Director Rosoboronexport Moscow, Russia Re: Syria Weapons Supplies Risk Corporate Complicity in Grave Abuses Dear Mr. Isaikin, I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to halt all weapons deliveries to…
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Multimedia Features on Russia, Papua New Guinea Win Peabody Awards

(New York) – Human Rights Watch multimedia features on Russia and Papua New Guinea have won prestigious awards in the field of broadcast journalism, a rare honor for a nongovernmental organization. The Peabody Awards aim to recognize “the best of the…
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Defenders to Receive the 2011 Alison Des Forges Award

(New York) – Seven courageous and tireless advocates for human rights will be honored in November 2011 with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today. These activists from Egypt, Indonesia, Iran,…
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In a groundbreaking speech at the Newseum on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reset U.S. policy on Internet freedom, emphasizing the vital need for governments, companies and technology providers to ensure that the World Wide Web is a force…
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The global economic crisis is worsening human rights abuses – while distracting world leaders from addressing them

Turmoil tends to be bad for human rights, and the current global economic crisis is no exception. The consequences are not just the obvious ones - more poverty, setbacks in education and healthcare, further marginalisation of the downtrodden, backsliding…
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End Employer Exploitation, Forced Labor, Climate of Violence

(Moscow) - Migrant construction workers in Russia face widespread abuse both in and outside of the workplace, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In a climate of rising hate-motivated violence against migrants, exacerbated by the global…
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Testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Written Testimony of Arvind Ganesan Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch Mr. Chairman: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the important matter of global internet freedom. I would also like to thank Senator Coburn, the…
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Citing war crimes in Chechnya, Human Rights Watch criticized the World Bank for making a $100 million payment to the Russian government. In letters to World Bank President James Wolfensohn and to the Bank's board of directors, the rights group argued that…