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The European Court of Human Rights found on 19 September that Finland violated its positive duty to protect the right to life of nine students and a teacher in a mass shooting at their vocational institute. It is only the second time that the court…
School #1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. 2004.
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For the nightmare of Beslan never to be repeated, its lessons must be learned

When I think of Beslan, I think of Volodya — the first person I interviewed there 15 years ago.  On Sept. 1, 2004, a group of three dozen Chechen-led armed militants took more than 1,100 local residents hostage at Beslan …
School #1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. 2004.
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The atrocities during the last few months alone are almost too many to count.

How are children suffering in Aleppo? The atrocities during the last few months alone are almost too many to count. They are killed by Syrian-Russian airstrikes in East Aleppo. We occasionally glimpse the results, like the two young boys filmed…
MENA Syria Aleppo old city destruction October 2016
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One morning in February, Olga Nikolayenko arrived at the Center for Adaptation and Education of Refugee Children in Moscow, a program she has been directing for the past three years. But a group of municipal employees barred her from entering the building…
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Last week, Russian migration authorities accepted an application for asylum from a Kurdish family—husband, wife and four children ages three to 13—who had fled from Iraq earlier this fall. The officials issued the family documents…
A stop sign is seen outside Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow
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It’s September, the beginning of a new school year in Ukraine, but the children of the small village of Nikishine in eastern Ukraine no longer have a school to go to.   Before the war, 58 children attended the village school…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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Millions of children across Russia experience the excitement this week of going back to school: reuniting with friends, tackling new subjects, and expanding their knowledge and skills. But for Russia's more than 540,000 children with disabilities, back to…
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Russia's policies on foreign adoptions made headlines when thegovernment announcedit would no longer allow Americans to adopt Russian children. But hidden away in Russian orphanages are thousands of children with disabilities who aren't orphans, whose…
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I was sitting in a café in northern Russia making phone calls to nearby government orphanages when the woman behind the counter asked what I was doing. I explained that I was researching conditions for children with disabilities living in state…
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President Vladimir Putin's widely reported statement to a group of volunteers in Sochi on January 17 that "gay sex is not a crime in Russia, so gay people can feel calm, at ease, but leave children in peace, please" was highly offensive. The casual…
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Iran, immigration, Syria, Ghana, Yemen, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, EU & Bahrain...

[View the story "Human Rights Watch Daily Brief, 13 June 2013" on Storify]
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The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines. How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp…
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St. Petersburg's new anti-gay law is reminiscent of fascism

A couple of weeks ago, when I was trying to decide whether to pin a pink triangle to the lapel of my black overcoat, Sergei Kondrashov was detained by police in the street of Russia’s northern capital with a banner saying, "A dear family friend is a…