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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…
A photo outside the ‘Immoral Code’ premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, May 19, 2022.
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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 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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15 Million Deaths While Only 15 Percent Vaccinated in Low-Income Countries

Nearly 15 million people have died either directly or indirectly from Covid-19 in the past two years, new data from the World Health Organization shows. The devastation is likely even worse given that Covid-19 deaths have been largely undercounted by…
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Illegal Mining, Horrific Abuses, Environmental Impact

On May 2, Human Rights Watch will join experts on illegal gold mining in Venezuela for a virtual discussion on the grave human and environmental rights impact that illegal mining has in the country. At the event, open to the public, people will…
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New Law Includes Obligation to Address Abuses in Battery Supply Chains

(Brussels) – The European Union’s proposed batteries regulation should require importers and manufacturers to source the bauxite, copper, and iron used in batteries responsibly, a coalition of 16 organizations said today. The coalition includes…
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Provide Aid, Expand Social Protection to Prevent Hunger

(Nairobi) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has worsened the food security crisis in many African countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Many countries in East, West, Middle, and Southern Africa rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage…
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Increase Support for Clearance, Recovery Assistance around Tripoli

(Beirut) – At least 130 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by landmines and abandoned or unexploded ordnance in Libya since the armed group called the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) withdrew from Tripoli’s southern suburbs in June 2020, Human…
National Safety Authority members clear landmines and improvised explosive devices used during the armed conflict in Tripoli, Libya, June 3, 2020.
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Use of Lethal Force Results in at Least 1 Dead, More Than a Dozen Wounded

(New York) – The Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police, who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana, a town near Kandy in central Sri Lanka…
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Video Highlights Impact on New York City Residents

(New York) –The United States federal government’s cuts to public housing funding have jeopardized the living conditions of up to 2 million low-income people throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a video about the situation…
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Killings Apparently Unlawful, Any Future Peace Talks Should Prioritize Justice

(Sanaa) – The Saudi and UAE-led coalition carried out three attacks in Yemen in late January 2022 in apparent violation of the laws of war that resulted in at least 80 apparently civilian deaths, including three children, and 156 injuries, including…
Rescue members remove rubble covering victims of aerial attacks carried out by the Saudi and UAE-led coalition.
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