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UPDATE May 4, 2020 Indonesian authorities have imprisoned four political prisoners in Ambon since July 2007, for their involvement in a peaceful protest dance by 28 people at the Ambon stadium.  The four were among a total of 68 men, including the…
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Announcement of the decisions of both the 6th Central Government Tibetan areas work conference, and National Religious Affairs meeting. Correction and rectification obligations for the Larung monastery Buddhist Institute in Serta county. …
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15 Years of Human Rights Watch Research on the Tiananmen Massacre

Reports, news releases, and campaigns published by Human Rights Watch from 1989-2004 on the June 1989 massacre at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.   Coverage of Tiananmen Arrests and Trials, 1989-1991 June 12, 1989: New Information…
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Winners Named for the 2012 Alison Des Forges Award

Update: Because Salah Marghani was appointed Libya's justice minister on October 31 he is unable to accept the Alison Des Forges Award. (New York) - Two courageous and tireless advocates for human rights have been selected as recipients of the prestigious…
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Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people…
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Maikel Nabil, a 25-year imprisoned for blogging, has been on hunger strike at Marg prison since August 23 to protest his unjust imprisonment. The strike is of extra concern because he has low blood pressure and is taking medication for a heart condition.…
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Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people…
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The Risks of Putting Justice Aside for Peace

Introduction I. Afghanistan II. Burundi III. Democratic Republic of the Congo IV. Indonesia Conclusion Introduction Since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, the belief that those responsible for serious human rights abuses should be…
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Reprint of Liu Xiaobo's chapter in the anthology China's Great Leap (2008)

This essay is a reprint of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo's chapter in the anthology China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges, edited by Minky Worden (Seven Stories Press, 2008), pp. 263-272. This text was translated from…
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Protection of Migrants’ Rights in 2009

SummaryKey RecommendationsWomen Migrant Domestic WorkersMigrant Construction WorkersRight to HealthDiscriminatory Treatment of MigrantsTreatment of Migrants Crossing Borders2009 Human Rights Watch Reports on Migrants Summary Migrants drowning at sea…
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Ongoing Persecution and Censorship

The Tiananmen Legacy Ongoing Persecution and Censorship Ongoing Persecution of Those Seeking ReassessmentTiananmen's Survivors: Exiled, Marginalized and HarassedCensoring HistoryHuman Rights Watch RecommendationsTo the Chinese…
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Beginning in September 2007, Human Rights Watch wrote to all 12 "TOP" Olympic sponsors to encourage them to address human rights abuses taking place as a result of the Beijing Games, with targeted and achievable asks. The suggested steps are in…
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2006   Hu Jia spends 168 days under house arrest. February 16, 2006:   Police take Hu Jia away from his home and detain him incommunicado for 41 days. His wife Zeng Jinyan starts a blog retracing the steps she takes in trying to find out his…
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A Human Rights Watch Background Briefing

 Mandate for Reform     Indonesia's military has a longstanding practice of raising independent income outside the approved budget process. It earns funds from businesses it owns, services it provides for hire, and the protection rackets it operates. It…
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List of Detainees Published by Human Rights Watch

The following is a list of persons believed to be in U.S. custody as "ghost detainees" -- detainees who are not given any legal rights or access to counsel, and who are likely not reported to or seen by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

On September 7, Egypt will hold its first-ever multi-party presidential election, as distinct from the single-candidate plebiscites that have so far characterized the “re-elections” of President Husni Mubarak. This election, however, is seriously flawed…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

*The following is an introduction; the full briefing paper can be downloaded from the right-side tab as a PDF attachment.* On September 7, Egypt will hold its first-ever presidential election, as distinct from the single-candidate plebiscites that have so…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

Torture in Egypt is a widespread and persistent phenomenon. Security forces and the police routinely torture or ill-treat detainees, particularly during interrogation. In most cases, officials torture detainees to obtain information and coerce confessions…