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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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Release All Kidnapped and Detained Peaceful Activists

(Beirut) – Eight organizations released the following statement today calling on the Iraqi government to investigate the detention of activists and others since the start of the 2019 protests and to free all those held arbitrarily for peaceful…
Protesters marching in Al-Tahrir Square Tunnel in Baghdad, Iraq.
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(Beirut) - Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of the philanthropist Ali Ghandour, whose support was critical to building our organization’s role in promoting and protecting human rights in Lebanon. He died on August 29, 2020, at the age of 89.…
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the DPRK

Human Rights Watch thanks Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for his work on human rights in North Korea, and in particular his attention to abuses against women documented in his latest report. Sex and gender-based discrimination and subordination of…
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Interactive Dialogue under item 4 with Special Rapporteur on DPRK

Human Rights Watch would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for his ongoing work to address gross and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea. The last year has…
201801wr_northkorea_human_rights   North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participates in the opening of the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central New
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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Human Rights Watch thanks Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for his work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We welcome his continued support to advance accountability for gross and systematic human rights…
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Videos of Soldiers’ Alleged Beatings, Extrajudicial Killings

(Beirut) – Four videos allegedly filmed in west Mosul appear to show Iraqi soldiers and federal police beating and extrajudicially killing detainees, Human Rights Watch said today. All four videos were published on Facebook on July 11 and 12, 2017, by an…
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Canada’s Supreme Court on June 28, 2017 upheld a lower court’s injunction to require Google to delist web pages from a company that had been copying and selling a product belonging to Equustek Solutions Inc.. Google had already delisted all the company’s…
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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Item 4

Human Rights Watch welcomes Tomas Ojea Quintana to his new role as Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We thank him for his comprehensive report, and welcome his endorsement of the recommendations…
Soldiers walk under pictures of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the capital's main ceremonial square after a mass rally and parade on May 10, 2016.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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Human Rights situation in Iraq and Yemen

Six months ago, the Human Rights Council adopted a deeply flawed, one-sided resolution on the human rights situation in Iraq, failing to address the necessity of holding pro-government militias and volunteer fighters accountable for the atrocities they…
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Statement delivered as part of the Panel on the DPRK

Human Rights Watch welcomes today’s presentation by the panelists. Their perspectives reinforce the findings of last year’s commission of inquiry report, which concluded that since 1950, the North Korean government has systematically kidnapped nationals…