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Reverse Decades-Long Assault on Right to Join Unions; Curb Inequality

(Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The Senate should seize on a once-in…
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GitHub Rejects Challenge on Tool used to Preserve Videos of Abuses

(New York) – A decision by GitHub, a leading software development platform, to reinstate a popular free software tool for downloading videos, means that human rights groups will be able to continue to use the software without interruption to preserve…
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New Law Threatens Workers’ Rights in US, Globally

(Los Angeles) – The passage of Proposition 22 in California is a blow to the rights of gig workers, effectively stripping them of the state’s minimum wage guarantee, paid sick leave, and other protections, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International…
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10 Key Issues that Demand the Administration's Immediate Attention

Whoever wins the November 3 presidential election has an opportunity  – and a responsibility – to help the United States move forward by making human rights a priority in the next administration. This includes ending policies that undermine the…
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Vote ‘No’ to Hold Companies Accountable for Minimum Wage, Other Labor Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting…
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Dismantling Independent Non-Profit Would Undermine Online Freedoms

(Washington) – The United States Congress should voice its support for the Open Technology Fund (OTF), a broad coalition of organizations and individuals committed to internet freedom said in a letter to members of Congress yesterday. The fund is…
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Executive Order Targets Companies that Displease Government

(Washington, DC, May 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump’s May 28, 2020 executive order, Preventing Online Censorship, is a profound attack against online freedom of expression globally, Human Rights Watch said today. The executive order aims to…
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New Law Needed to Retain Meaningful Human Control Over the Use of Force

(Geneva) – Russia, the United States, and a handful of other nations investing in autonomous weapons are preventing efforts to start negotiations on a new treaty to retain meaningful human control over the use of force, Human Rights Watch said…
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Investigate Flawed ‘Going Dark’ Claims

(Washington, DC, June 4, 2018) – The Justice Department’s inspector general should investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s exaggerated and flawed claims about the challenges strong encryption poses to investigations, Human Rights Watch said…
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Government Hides Investigative Methods from Accused

(Washington, DC) – Evidence suggests US authorities deliberately conceal the facts about how they found information in a criminal case and may be doing so regularly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Withholding these…
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Documents Point to Warrantless Surveillance

(New York) – Newly released documents reveal a US Defense Department policy that appears to authorize warrantless monitoring of US citizens and green-card holders whom the executive branch regards as “homegrown violent extremists,”…
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EU Should Reevaluate Decision on Transfer of Personal Data

United States surveillance laws and programs are so broad and contain such weak safeguards that they render the EU-US Privacy Shield invalid, Human Rights Watch said today in a briefing and letter to the European Commission, published…
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Free Expression, Privacy, Fair Trial Rights at Stake

(Washington, DC) – The hearing by the US House Judiciary Committee on March 1, 2017, about one of the broadest and most intrusive surveillance laws in the United States highlights the need for reforms to prevent executive branch abuses, Human Rights Watch…
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Nasser bin Ghaith Has Spent 18 months in Pre-Trial Detention

(Beirut) – An Emirati academic facing charges that include his peaceful criticism of the Egyptian and Emirati authorities will have spent more than 18 months in detention by the time the next session of his trial takes place on February 22, 2017, Human…
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(Washington, DC) – A federal appeals court heard oral argument on December 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a broad group of organizations challenging the National Security Agency’s…
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A man is silhouetted near logos of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Wikipedia in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo March 11, 2015.
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Congress Should Enact Comprehensive Surveillance Reform

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress has taken a first small step toward curbing excessive government surveillance by passing the USA Freedom Act. The law imposes long overdue limits on the scope of records collection and new measures to increase…
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Congress Should Take First Step Toward Reform

(Washington, DC) – The United States Congress should swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act to thwart bulk data collection and improve transparency and oversight of surveillance in the US, Human Rights Watch said today. The House Judiciary Committee approved…
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Senate Should Oppose Bill Reauthorizing Domestic Bulk Data Collection

(Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should definitively end bulk data collection and reject a new bill that would endorse and extend the National Security Agency’s mass violation of privacy rights in the US, Human Rights Watch said today. …
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Seeks to Ensure End to DEA Mass Surveillance Program

(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA disclosed the existence…
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