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Bill Would Have Criminalized Wide Range of Peaceful Expression

In a win for online freedom in Iraq, the Iraqi parliament has said it will stop pushing forward a cybercrimes draft law until after it is amended so that it protects rather than infringes upon free speech. As it stood, the law would have allowed Iraqi…
Woman holding up a sign in Arabic
(Washington, DC, April 26, 2021) – Venezuelan security forces have committed egregious abuses against local residents during a weeks-long operation against armed groups on the border with Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuelan security…

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…

Account for Missing Politicians, Activists, Others at Risk of Torture, Death

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A man is held by police during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters holding a rally in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, Myanmar on February 15, 2021.

Countries should bring Citizens Home; Ensure Due Process for ISIS Suspects

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Хлопчик запускає саморобного повітряного змія в секції для іноземців табору «Аль-Хол» на території північно-східної Сирії.

Returned Refugees Face Risks to Life, Liberty Under Oppressive Junta

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Rohingya refugees stand outside their makeshift camp on the outskirts of Jammu, India, March 7, 2021.