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Disturbing Videos Require Investigation, Including of Apparent Torture

The death of Genivaldo de Jesus Santos, a 38-year-old Black man with a psychosocial disability, on May 25, 2022 at the hands of Federal Highway Police in the Brazilian state of Sergipe, is deeply disturbing. Bystanders recorded a video showing two…
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British Columbia Should Uphold Rights of People with Disabilities, Older People

As the one-year anniversary of a lethal heatwave in Western Canada approaches, the British Columbia and Canadian governments need to ensure that support is in place for those most at risk from climate change-exacerbated extreme heat. Last year,…
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Ban Autonomous Weapons with No Human Oversight

Over the past decade, concerns have deepened over the increasing prospect of weapons systems that, once activated, would select and attack targets without further human intervention.   The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, co-founded by Human…
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Summary On school days, 9-year-old Rodin wakes up every morning at 8 a.m. in Istanbul, Turkey. He eats a bowl of chocolate cereal for breakfast; his mother reminds him, as she always does, to brush his teeth afterwards. By 9 a.m., he logs into class…
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146 Authorized Products May Have Surveilled Children and Harvested Personal Data

(Tokyo) – Governments of 49 of the world’s most populous countries harmed children’s rights by endorsing online learning products during Covid-19 school closures without adequately protecting children’s privacy, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Tokyo Should Cut Military Ties, Pressure Junta to End Atrocities

(Tokyo) – A Myanmar air force lieutenant colonel who received military training in Japan is deployed with forces that have been implicated in serious abuses in Myanmar’s central Magway Region, Human Rights Watch and Justice For Myanmar said today…
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Countries Move to Protect Domestic Food Security as Global Prices Soar

The past week has been another reminder of the urgent need to build global food systems that treat food as a human right rather than a commodity. On May 13, India banned most wheat exports to safeguard domestic food security for its 1.4 billion…
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UN Children’s Rights Experts Session, Should Push for Full Mine Cleanup

This article appeared in the Daily Nation. It was written by Namo Chuma, director of Environment Africa, a non-governmental organisation based in Kabwe and Juliane Kippenberg, associate children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Janet” is a…
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Summary Before [being intimidated], we would watch films and have debates and discussions in the classroom [about gender and sexuality]. But I became scared, this was their goal. I don’t have the same willingness anymore. I am very careful now…
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Summary This report presents the types of cluster munitions being used in the international armed conflict in Ukraine in 2022 and the civilian casualties immediately suffered and civilian objects damaged. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on…
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Russia, Ukraine Should Join International Ban Treaty

Russian armed forces have used at least six types of cluster munitions in attacks in Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces also appear to have used them at least once. Cluster munitions spread multiple explosive submunitions or bomblets over a wide area…
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Inaccessible Polls, Lack of Information May Prevent Thousands from Voting

As Lebanese citizens get ready to vote in parliamentary elections on May 15, questions remain whether those with disabilities will be able to safely cast their ballots. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of Lebanon’s population have a disability, and…
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Donors Should Press Ministry to Improve Access, Transparency; End Policy Barriers

(Beirut) – Donor governments should address the unprecedented education crisis in Lebanon at the funding conference on May 10, 2022, in Brussels, the Center for Lebanese Studies and Human Rights Watch said today. Public schools for hundreds of…
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Human Rights Watch’s Opposition to CARE Court (SB 1338)

Senator Anthony Portantino Chair, Appropriations Committee California State Capitol, Room 3086 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Human Rights Watch’s Opposition to CARE Court (SB 1338) Dear Senator Portantino: Human Rights Watch has carefully reviewed…
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Legislators Should Adopt New Model to Support People with Psychosocial Disabilities

Last week, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly passed a troublesome bill to create a National Act on Mental Health. The bill follows an outdated biomedical model to treat people who might be experiencing a mental health crisis or have mental health…
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