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Thousands of Migrants to be Freed After Being Held in Abysmal Conditions

Hundreds of migrants, mostly from Ethiopia, held in appalling conditions in Saudi detention centers will be released and returned home. In December, Human Rights Watch research found that the workers were subjected to ill-treatment and deplorable…
Ethiopian migrants arrive back in Ethiopia after months in Saudi detention camps
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2018 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

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…
Hala Al-Dosari
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Five years ago, police in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, forcibly evicted Nuriya Khalikova from her apartment in the city center, and detained her for several hours without legal grounds. While she was in custody, city authorities illegally demolished her…
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2015 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

UPDATE: On May 25, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the release of Khadija Ismayilova from prison. While her conviction still stands and her freedoms are curtailed by the authorities, including her freedom of movement, this is a moment to celebrate. Human…
Khadija Ismayilova
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2015 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

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…
Nisha Ayub
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Human rights groups have long cried foul about Azerbaijan’s concerted efforts to silence critics by using bogus politically motivated charges. High-level officials, right up to President Ilham Aliyev, have always responded to these charges with strenuous…
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Yesterday, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia inked an agreement that says Indonesian women working in Saudi homes will be able to keep their passports, communicate with their families, get paid monthly, and have time off. The new pact comes in the wake of years…
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“I am in the middle of interviewing nannies,” a friend who has recently moved to Dubai told me as we talked on the phone yesterday. “The one that I like does not really have experience with children but is a mother herself. Her two young ones are in…
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More impact as of July 12, 2012: Saudi Arabia has said that it will send two female athletes to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time,…
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Fighting between the Burmese army and Kachin rebels reignited last June, displacing some 75,000 ethnic Kachin and leaving them in desperate need of food, medicine, and shelter. However, the Burmese government has blocked aid to conflict areas. Five days…
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The Burmese government yesterday freed at least 200 of its estimated 2,000 political prisoners. Officially, Burma denies having any such prisoners – but Human Rights Watch has worked hard to make sure these imprisoned activists weren’t forgotten. We held…
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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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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 Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch supports Iranian women activists and feminists in their call for freedom and equality.  For over three decades, Iranian women have resisted gender discrimination and been at the forefront on the struggle…
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2009 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism 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…
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Four Years on, Trial Should Be Re-Examined and Allegations of Torture Investigated

(New York) - Azerbaijan's Court of Appeal should promptly grant three teenagers accused and sentenced for murder in June 2007 a fair trial, Human Rights Watch said today, on the four year anniversary of their detention. The three all maintain that they…
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Saudi’s King Abdullah fired Prince Mish’al bin Sa’ud, governor of Najran, after Human Rights Watch issued a report in September on the governor’s discriminatory treatment of the Ismaili Shia minority in Najran. Human Rights Watch conducted research…
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Abd al-Rahman al-Lahim is a Saudi human rights lawyer receiving Human Rights Watch’s Human Rights Defender 2008 award in London, UK, November 11, 2008. This speech represents al-Lahim’s personal views. Ladies and Gentlemen, First, I would like to…
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New York, Monday, October 20, 2008 H.R.H. Prince Sa’ud al-Faisal Al Sa’ud Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Your Royal Highness, We respectfully request that you grant visas to two members of Human Rights Watch’s staff, in…
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Following advocacy by Human Rights Watch, the head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahrudi, suspended the sentence of a jailed women’s rights activist on November 10. The activist, Delaram Ali, was detained in 2006 after participating in a peaceful…