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The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The…
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Commit to Protect Students, Teachers, Schools, and Universities During War

(Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (…
A still from Human Rights Watch’s campaign video calling on France to join the Safe Schools Declaration.
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Hollande Announces That France Endorses the Safe Schools Declaration

(Paris) – French President François Hollande’s announcement on February 21, 2017, that France has endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration is a strong signal to the international community and strengthens the legal protection for children and their education…
French President François Hollance annonces France's endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration
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Around the world, schools are attacked or being occupied by military forces and armed groups in conflict zones. It endangers the lives of students, their teachers, and denies hundreds of thousands of children their right to education. French…
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Reinforce the Protection of Students, Teachers, Schools During War

(Paris) – President Francois Hollande should ensure that France endorses the international Safe Schools Declaration, Human Rights Watch said today in a new video released ahead of International Children’s day on November 20. The Safe Schools Declaration…
A still from Human Rights Watch’s campaign video calling on France to join the Safe Schools Declaration.
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Parliament Should Ensure Fair Trial Rights for All Suspects

(Paris) - The National Assembly should amend a bill to reform police custody procedures in France to improve safeguards and to ensure that they apply to all detained suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. The Assembly is scheduled to begin debate on the…
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Letter to the French government regarding findings of international human rights mechanisms on counterterrorism policies

Dear Ministers Dati and Alliot-Marie,     We are writing to call your attention to the conclusions of two recent reviews of France's human rights record by authoritative international human rights bodies. In July, the United Nations Human Rights…
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Report Stresses Further Need to Investigate Secret Detention and Rendition to Torture

A new report by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on illegal CIA activity in Europe is a powerful indictment of European governments’ complicity in CIA abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. “The report shows how European governments acted as…
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Council of Europe Rejects Minimum Standards for Diplomatic Assurances

A Council of Europe expert group has rightly decided not to develop guidelines for the acceptable use of diplomatic assurances to justify sending people to places where they are at risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. “We welcome this decision…