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US, Japan, India, Australia Should Address Crises Across Region

(Tokyo) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia should reach agreements on new measures to address human rights crises and democratic backsliding in Asia, Human Rights Watch said today. The Quad, a security alliance of the leaders…
Collage of US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Amendments Positive but More Needed

(Amman) – Jordan should commit to fully ending debt imprisonment before the present moratorium expires in June 2022. The parliament has passed amendments to the main law that mandates debt imprisonment in Jordan. While the amendments are an…
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Allow Those Barred from Leaving to Return to Canada

(Beirut) – Algerian authorities have imposed arbitrary travel bans on at least three activists from the Algerian diaspora, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Although one of the three was finally permitted to leave on May 5, 2022…
Algerians demonstrate in Algiers to mark the second anniversary of the Hirak movement, February 22, 2021. 
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Authorities Should Stop Targeting, Prosecuting Journalists and Online Critics

(New York) – Indian authorities are increasingly targeting journalists and online critics for their criticism of government policies and practices, including by prosecuting them under counterterrorism and sedition laws, ten human rights organizations…
प्रेस क्लब ऑफ इंडिया के बाहर मीडिया पर सरकारी तंत्र के बढ़ते प्रतिबंधों का विरोध करते पत्रकार, नई दिल्ली, भारत, 18 फरवरी, 2021
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Prosecutor Signals Intention to Move Forward

(The Hague) – In light of the Venezuelan authorities’ attempt to obstruct accountability for alleged crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s signal that he intends to move forward with his investigation sends an…
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Sentenced to Year in Prison for Spreading ‘False’ Information

(Beirut) – An unjustly imprisoned Algerian blogger and activist ended the hunger strike he had begun three weeks ago to protest both his detention and the conditions in which he was being held, Human Rights Watch said today. The Algerian authorities…
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‘Manual Scavenging’ Persists With Local Officials’ Support

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a…
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Police, Doctors, Courts Need to Change Policies and Mindset to Support Victims

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should improve protections for children from sexual abuse as part of broader reform efforts following the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in December 2012, Human Rights Watch said in a new report…