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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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EU Should Act on Curbs to Media Freedom in Hungary and other EU States

The Austrian populist rightwing Freedom Party (FPÖ), until Monday part of the country’s governing coalition, has suffered after its attempt to take over a leading newspaper became public. FPÖ leader and Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-…
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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Coalition Has Worrying Policies on Immigration, Asylum, and ‘Political Islam’

Over the weekend, Austria’s radical populist right Freedom Party (FPÖ) became part of the governing coalition, gaining control of the interior, foreign, and defense ministries. The last time the party joined a coalition, Austria’s…
Head of the Freedom Party Heinz-Christian Strache (R) and head of the People's Party Sebastian Kurz react during the swearing-in ceremony of the new government in Vienna, December 18, 2017
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At first glance, 2017 seems to have been a good year for marriage equality the world over. But the year ends on a negative note. Let’s start in Europe. In Germany and Malta, two European Union member states, legislation came…
Same-sex couple get married at a registry office in Germany.
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Finds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

(Amsterdam, December 6, 2017) – The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch said today…
Austria's Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) in Vienna, Austria.
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Mainstream Parties Adopting Anti-Immigrant Platforms to Win Votes

Earlier this year, a political theory emerged predicting that we had hit “peak populism.” In Austria, voters twice rejected a far-right president in favour of one from its Green party. In France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National was…
A woman walks past election campaign poster of far right Freedom Party (FPOe) head and top candidate Heinz-Christian Strache and People's Party (OeVP) top candidate and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna, Austria October 4, 2017.
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Migrants are Not the Enemy

Dear Minister Kurz, The statement you made during your one-day visit to Tripoli on May 1, that “migrants who are saved in the Mediterranean should not be guaranteed a ticket to Central Europe,” feeds misinformed and xenophobic…
Migrants on a wooden boat await rescue by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station in the central Mediterranean in international waters off the coast of Sabbath, Libya on April 15, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Alexander Van der Bellen, who campaigned on moderation and tolerance, won Austria’s presidential election. But in the search for explanations as to how the country came close to electing a far-right populist as its president, some have suggested that…
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Members Should Reaffirm Support for International Court

(Johannesburg) – South Africa’s announced withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty represents an enormous blow to its commitment to justice for atrocity crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. ICC members…
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With the Western Balkan route closed, more than 50,000 asylum seekers, including many women and children, are stranded in Greece in largely unsafe and appaling conditions. Meanwhile the EU scheme to relocate refugees moves at a glacial pace. …
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(Milan) – The law approved today by the National Council of the Austrian parliament is a blow to the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, which is expected to pass quickly and unchallenged in the parliament’s upper chamber,…
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The Hungarian government today dealt yet another blow to asylum seekers and migrants by declaring a state of emergency throughout the entire country due to “mass migration.” The decision follows a similar declaration on September 16, 2015, imposing a…
Migrants walk along Hungary's border fence on the Serbian side of the border near Morahalom, Hungary, February 22, 2016
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Over the past two days, thousands of asylum seekers and migrants have embarked on a 100-mile march from Budapest to the Austrian border. They left behind the squalor and uncertainty at Keleti train station to create their own humanitarian corridor through…
Refugees march from Hungary to Austria, September 5, 2015.
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Austrian President Should Urge an End to Enforced Disappearances

(Berlin) – President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Berdymukhamedov is scheduled to meet Dr. Fischer in…
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An Afghan migrant is stabbed in the heart on the streets of Athens. Black-shirted paramilitaries linked to Hungary’s third-largest political party march through a Roma neighborhood shouting, “You will die here.” A neo-Nazi gang commits a string of murders…
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Civil Society Letter to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of African ICC States Parties on the UN Security Council

Sent March 1, 2011 Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned organizations, urge your government to reconsider support for a United Nations Security Council deferral of investigations and prosecutions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kenya…