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Killings, Disappearances, Child Recruitment, Forced Displacement

(Washington, DC) – Fighting between armed groups on the Colombia-Venezuela border has caused a dramatic increase in violence in the early months of 2022 causing thousands to flee, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 1, 2022, clashes broke out…
An improvised shelter in Vichada state, Colombia, where Indigenous people fleeing Venezuela's Apure state live in poor conditions, without sufficient access to food, drinking water, and health services, February 2022.
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Failure to Protect Older People, People with Disabilities in British Columbia

(Ottawa) – Inadequate government support compounded risks for people with disabilities and older people during the recent extreme and foreseeable heatwave that killed hundreds of people in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), Human Rights…
A woman sits to take a rest as heat wave hits Western Canada on June 30, 2021 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. © 2021 Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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Extrajudicial Executions, Arbitrary Arrests, Torture in Anti-Guerrilla Operation

(Washington, DC) – Venezuelan security forces have committed egregious abuses against local residents during a weeks-long operation against armed groups on the border with Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuelan security forces opened…
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Venezuelans, Others Face Kidnapping, Extortion, Lack of Essential Services

(Washington, DC, March 5, 2021) – Asylum seekers sent to Mexico by the administration of former US president Donald Trump have suffered violence and extortion by Mexican police, immigration agents, and criminal groups, Human Rights Watch said today…
Migrants demonstrate at the border between Tijuana and San Diego calling on US authorities to open the border and restart the process of accepting asylum applications, February 18, 2021.
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Poor Quarantine Conditions May Spread Covid-19

(Washington, DC) – Venezuelan authorities’ treatment of approximately 130,000 citizens returning from other countries in many cases is abusive and is likely to amplify transmission of Covid-19, Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins University’s…
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Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecutions of Critics, Abuses Against Detainees

(Washington, DC) – Venezuelan security forces and authorities have used measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 as an excuse to crack down on dissenting voices and intensify their control over the population, Human Rights Watch said today. Since…
National Guard soldiers and municipal police ride through the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 7, 2020, patrolling the area to make sure residents are complying with COVID-19 regulations.
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Water Shortages in Hospitals Heighten Risk in Country, Region

(Washington, DC) – The Venezuelan healthcare system is grossly unprepared for the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, further jeopardizing the health of Venezuelans and threatening to contribute to regional spread of the disease, Human Rights Watch and…
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More than 170 protesters face prison terms

(Beirut) – Dozens of protesters and activists remain in jail a year after pro-democracy protests began in Algeria, Human Rights Watch said today. Many are facing trial hearings in February and March 2020. Following presidential elections in…
Algerians demonstrate to protest against the government, in Algiers Friday, Jan.3, 2020.
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Credible Allegations of Government Involvement, Acquiescence

(New York) – Residents of Venezuela’s southern Bolívar state are suffering amputations and other horrific abuses at the hands of armed groups, including Venezuelan groups called “syndicates” in the area and Colombian armed groups operating in…
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Leaders Arrested Ahead of Disputed Presidential Elections

(Beirut) – Algerian authorities have arrested scores of pro-democracy movement activists since September 2019. Many remain detained on vague charges such as “harming national unity” and “undermining the morale of the army.” The…
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Arrests, Roadblocks Curbing Peaceful Marches

Algeria’s authorities have jailed dozens of people for peaceful protests in the six months since the beginning of a wave of street demonstrations that forced the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Human Rights Watch said…
On July 5 2019, thousands of people protested for a twentieth consecutive week in Algeria's capital, defying a major police presence just days before the mandate of interim president Bensalah expires. © AFP/Getty Images
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Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019 Honorable Justice Hernán Salgado Pesantes President of the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court Quito – ECUADOR Case: 0014-19-IN Subject: Human Rights Watch Amicus curiae on Venezuelan…
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Genuine Reforms Needed for Democratic Transition

(Beirut) – The resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 2, 2019 provides an important opportunity for Algeria to dismantle its repressive laws and enshrine public freedoms in legislation and practice, Human Rights Watch…
Algerians take part in an anti-government demonstration, on April 5, 2019 in the capital Algiers after the resignation of ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
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Pregnant Women, Children, Asylum Seekers Among Thousand Expelled to Desert

(Beirut) – Algeria has deported thousands of men, women, and children since January 2018 to Niger and Mali in inhumane conditions, and in many cases without considering their legal status in Algeria or their individual vulnerabilities,…
•	فتاة مهاجرة أفريقية تنظر حولها بينما تقف على جسر شُيِّد تحته مخيم مستحدث على الطريق السريع في ضواحي الجزائر العاصمة، الجزائر، 28 يونيو/حزيران 2017. © 2017 رويترز/زهرة بن سمرا
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Focus on Justice, Refugees, Education

(Brussels) - The Friends of Syria Group meeting in Brussels on April 24-25, 2018, should address the war crimes and impunity that characterize the Syria conflict and meet urgent protection and humanitarian needs, Human Rights Watch said…
People walk with their belongings as they flee the rebel-held town of Hammouriyeh, in the village of Beit Sawa, eastern Ghouta, Syria March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Allegations of Beatings in Round-Ups of Sub-Saharan Migrants

(Tunis) – Algerian authorities have rounded up hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans since January 2018, including women and children, expelling many of them to Niger, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have deprived those arrested of their right…
Migrants on a truck, leaving the camp in Tamanrasset on February 13, 2018.
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Apparent Racial Profiling, Summary Expulsion of Sub-Saharan Africans

(Beirut) – Algerian authorities have been rounding up sub-Saharan Africans in and around Algiers and have deported more than 3,000 to Niger since August 25, 2017, without giving them an opportunity to challenge their expulsion, Human Rights Watch…
Men deported from Algeria queuing after their arrival to Bamako, October 25, 2017. © 2017 Bukary Dao/Le Republican
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Advances for People With Disabilities, Women, Criminal Suspects

  (Amman) – Jordan’s parliament has approved a series of important human rights reforms in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Positive changes include a new law that improves rights of people with disabilities, the full…
Jordan's King Abdullah arrives for the ceremony of reopening the Martyrs' Memorial and Museum in Amman, Jordan, on December 12, 2016.
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286 Prosecutions of Ahmadis

Update: On September 13, 2017, the court of First Instance in Ain Tedles, Mostaganem, sentenced Mohamed Fali to a term of six months in prison, suspended, and a fine.    (Beirut) – The arrest of Mohamed Fali, president of Algeria’s…
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Fekhar, Other Amazigh Rights Advocates, Held Since July 2015

(Beirut) – The Algerian authorities should drop all charges against a leading activist and his 40 co-defendants that are based on their peaceful activism for the rights of the Amazigh, or Berber, minority, Human Rights Watch, EuroMed Rights, Amnesty…
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