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Joint Statement

As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a…
Freedom for Mehman Huseynov.
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2015 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

UPDATE: On May 25, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the release of Khadija Ismayilova from prison. While her conviction still stands and her freedoms are curtailed by the authorities, including her freedom of movement, this is a moment to celebrate. Human…
Khadija Ismayilova
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Delivered Under Item 2, Interactive Dialogue of HRC 25

We thank the High Commissioner for her statement. We share her concerns today on arbitrary detention, unfair trial and restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Egypt. The situation has grown increasingly dire over the past eight…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review report on Azerbaijan, which includes critical recommendations to improve the situation with regard to freedom of expression, assembly, and association. Its leadership needs to take immediate steps…
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16th UPR session, April - May 2013

Summary Azerbaijan’s human rights record has been on a continual decline since the previous UPR in 2009, casting serious doubt on the government’s willingness to abide by its commitments and to reform. The long-repressive atmosphere for independent…
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Oral Statement under Item 4 - General Debate

The election of Mohamed Morsi marks the first partial transfer of authority to an elected, civilian president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.  Morsi is also the first Egyptian without a background as an army general to become president…
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Oral statement under Item 4, General Debate

Since assuming power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of Egypt has failed to address several serious human rights problems in the country, and in many cases has exacerbated them.  Excessive use of force against protesters, with near-total…
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Amicus Brief to the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Khouzam v. Secretary Chertoff, et al.

Despite evidence that he would be tortured on return, the US government seeks to deport Sameh Sami S. Khouzam to Egypt on the basis of diplomatic assurances from the Egyptian government that Khouzam will not be tortured in Egyptian custody.  Human Rights…
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Human Rights Watch provided an expert affidavit to the United States District Court of Pennsylvania in July 2007 in the case of Khouzam v. Hogan, involving an appeal against the deportation of an Egyptian national from the United States in reliance upon…
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The human rights situation in Burma remains appalling. Burma is the textbook example of a police state. Government informants and spies are omnipresent. Average Burmese people are afraid to speak to foreigners except in most superficial of manners for…
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Exerpts from Human Rights Watch's report, "In a Time of Torture: The Assault on Justice in Egypt's Crackdown on Homosexual Conduct." ….I didn't know what what was happening. They never asked me any questions at the police station. I had to sign a blank…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…
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