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Tokyo Should Cut Military Ties, Pressure Junta to End Atrocities

(Tokyo) – A Myanmar air force lieutenant colonel who received military training in Japan is deployed with forces that have been implicated in serious abuses in Myanmar’s central Magway Region, Human Rights Watch and Justice For Myanmar said today…
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High Commissioner Should Address Crimes Against Humanity as Top Priority

(Geneva) – The upcoming visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. High Commissioner…
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addresses a news conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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US, Japan, India, Australia Should Address Crises Across Region

(Tokyo) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia should reach agreements on new measures to address human rights crises and democratic backsliding in Asia, Human Rights Watch said today. The Quad, a security alliance of the leaders…
Collage of US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Ominous Action Days After Beijing Appoints City’s New Chief

(New York) – The Hong Kong police should drop their baseless criminal investigations against five prominent pro-democracy advocates, Human Rights Watch said today. The cases highlight the Hong Kong government's broadening crackdown on human rights.…
From left, retired Archbishop of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, Professor Hui Po-Keung, and singer Denise Ho attend a press conference to announce the closure of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund
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President Biden Should Raise Key Issues with Regional Leaders

(Washington, DC) – The United States-ASEAN Special Summit on May 12, 2022 will embolden autocratic leaders unless it directly confronts the region’s worsening environment for human rights and democracy, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the…
United States President Joe Biden speaks in the virtual ASEAN summit meeting
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Authorities Should Stop Targeting, Prosecuting Journalists and Online Critics

(New York) – Indian authorities are increasingly targeting journalists and online critics for their criticism of government policies and practices, including by prosecuting them under counterterrorism and sedition laws, ten human rights organizations…
प्रेस क्लब ऑफ इंडिया के बाहर मीडिया पर सरकारी तंत्र के बढ़ते प्रतिबंधों का विरोध करते पत्रकार, नई दिल्ली, भारत, 18 फरवरी, 2021
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Key Countries Should Overhaul Approach to Junta’s Atrocities

(Bangkok) – Southeast Asian governments should urgently revamp their response to Myanmar’s abusive junta by coordinating action with the broader international community, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite adopting a “five-point consensus” on the…
Activists protest the Myanmar military coup during an ASEAN summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2021. 
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60 Groups Urge Transparency, Protection of Sources, Release of Overdue Report

(New York) – The planned visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should meet minimum standards to be considered credible, Human Rights Watch and 59 other groups said today. The groups urged High Commissioner…
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks to the media at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 3, 2021. 
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Ensure Access to Medical Care; Stop Child-Parent Separation; Permit Free Speech

(New York, April 6, 2022) – The Chinese government should respect the right to health and other basic rights in its response to the Covid-19 surge in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities in Shanghai have imposed draconian…
People in PPE load groceries off a truck before distributing them to locals under the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China, April 5, 2022.
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Newly Leaked List Includes 7 Prisoners Who Studied Under Ilham Tohti

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately release all remaining imprisoned students of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, Human Rights Watch said today. A government list of prisoners leaked in December 2021 indicates that six of the seven…
Ilham Tohti's students, from upper left: Mutellip Imin, Perhat Halmurat, Atikem Rozi; lower left: Shohret Nijat, Akbar Imin, Luo Yuwei.
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Protect Refugees; End Forced Returns

(New York) – The Indian government’s forced return of an ethnic Rohingya woman to Myanmar on March 22, 2022 highlights the life-threatening risks facing Rohingya refugees in India, Human Rights Watch said today. International law prohibits the forced…
Rohingya refugees stand outside their makeshift camp on the outskirts of Jammu, India, March 7, 2021. 
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Ensure Clear Consequences for Beijing’s Assault on Rights

(Brussels) – European Union leaders should announce specific policy responses to the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A virtual summit between the EU and China is scheduled for April 1, 2022. The summit takes…
European Council President Charles Michel, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen participate in a media conference at the conclusion of the 2020 EU-China summit video conference at the European Council in Brussels, June 22, 2020.
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Stronger Economic Measures, Arms Embargo Needed Against Military

(Bangkok) – Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day on March 27, 2022, is an opportunity for foreign governments to take stronger action against the military’s widespread abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Concerned governments should strengthen economic…
Military personnel participate in a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
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Need for Global Action to Investigate, Prosecute Military Leadership

(Washington, DC) – The United States government has formally determined that the Myanmar military committed the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The US…
Myanmar armed forces march on the 75th anniversary of Union Day on February 12, 2022 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. 
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Support Arms Embargo, Stronger Targeted Sanctions

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a strategy for accountability in Myanmar to end abuses by the military junta, Human Rights Watch said today. The council will discuss Myanmar and the new report by the UN Human Rights…
Smoke rises from burning buildings in Karenni (Kayah) State, Myanmar, February 18, 2022.
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Suggests No Critic of President’s Power Grab is Safe

(Tunis) – The jailing of a prominent lawyer on March 2, 2022, for arguing with police officers is an alarming new step in the confiscation of civil liberties since President Kais Saied seized extraordinary powers on July 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch…
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Draft Law Could Restore Ben Ali Era Restrictions

(Tunis) – Tunisian authorities should immediately scrap plans for new restrictions on civil society organizations, 13 Tunisian and international rights groups said today. Those plans, if carried out, would reverse a major gain for freedom of…
Tunisian President Kais Saied raises his fist to bystanders as he walks along the avenue Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, August 1, 2021.
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High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet Should Release Xinjiang Inquiry as Promised

(Geneva) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should urgently release her office’s report on Chinese government rights violations targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities, almost 200 human rights groups including Human Rights…
High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a meeting of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
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Free the Gravely Ill Olympic Protester Koo Sze-yiu, Others Arbitrarily Held

(Hong Kong) – Hong Kong authorities should release the hundreds of arbitrarily detained pro-democracy leaders and activists who are now at heightened risk from the city’s surge in Covid-19, the Hong Kong Democracy Council and Human Rights Watch said…
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TotalEnergies, Chevron, Other Companies Should Put Shares in Escrow

(New York) – The European Union should swiftly enforce new sanctions targeting Myanmar’s junta and its state-owned oil company, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), Human Rights Watch said today. The EU should also ensure that the withdrawals of EU…
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