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Over the past few years, Human Rights Watch has seen numerous governments wage disinformation wars to further their agendas. Journalists and human rights activists, including Human Rights Watch staff, face online harassment campaigns, including by state-…
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RE: Challenges to Implementation of GCM Objectives #4, 10, 13, 15, 17, 21 in Cameroon, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, December 2018 – June 2021

Contents: I. Introduction II. Human trafficking (Nigeria, Senegal) III. Migrant detention (Mauritania, South Africa) IV. Migrant returns (Cameroon, Mauritania, Tanzania) V. Discrimination, xenophobia, access to services and documentation (South…
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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Authorities’ Unsubstantiated Claims Threaten Iranians’ Health

(Beirut) — The Iranian supreme leader announced a ban on the import of certain Covid-19 vaccines due to their production in the United States and the United Kingdom, which seriously threatens Iranians’ right to health and could undermine their access…
Paramedics work in a laboratory that tests samples taken from patients suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, March, 10, 2020.
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35th Ordinary Session

Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this written presentation to contribute testimony from children to the discussion on the impact of Covid-19 on children at the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of…
Schoolchildren attend class at a school in Norton, west of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, September 10, 2019.
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Item 6 Universal Periodic Review

Thank you, Madam President We are particularly dismayed that Iran rejected a majority of the recommendations with regards to ratification of the core human rights treaties, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of…
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Item 6 UPR Adoption of Cameroon

HRW welcomes Cameroon’s UPR adoption, which comes at a timely moment for the country. Earlier this year, HRW documented numerous human rights violations committed by both armed separatists and government forces since a pro-independence movement…
Displaced villagers who fled Belo following early April clashes between security forces and armed separatists came back to town to get food to bring back to their hiding places in the bush. In the bags, they carry dried fish. North West region, April 2018
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Human Rights Watch Submission - 2017

We write on the occasion of the inaugural Australia-Iran human rights dialogue, to be held in Canberra in August 2017. Australia should raise pressing human rights issues in an unambiguous manner, set clear benchmarks for improvements, and make the…
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  (Beirut) – The two attacks carried out by gunmen and suicide bombers at Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran on June 7, 2017, were despicable acts of violence, Human Rights…
A boy is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017.
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Joint Statement from Bersih 5 International Observers

(Kuala Lumpur, November, 21 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Fortify Rights, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ),…
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Video testimony for EP Subcommittee on Human Rights hearing

Video testimony for European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights hearing"Sport and human rights on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Rio” Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 11.00 - 12.30 DROI        Agenda     EUParl.net Minky…