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Such Restrictions Violate Women’s Rights, Can Facilitate Abuse

On November 3 a court in Gaza will consider the request of Afaf al-Najar, a 19-year-old woman, to lift a travel ban imposed by her father. She told Human Rights Watch that on September 21, Palestinian border officials at the Rafah Crossing between…
Women hold signs during a protest against the decision by Gaza's Supreme Judicial Council banning women from movement in and out of the Gaza Strip without the permission of her "guardian," in Gaza City, February 16, 2021. 
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Israeli Authorities Should Allow Detained Mother, Parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, to Attend Funeral

Last night, Suha Jarrar, research and advocacy officer at Palestinian human rights organization al-Haq, died at her home in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Over her 31 years, Suha made an indelible impact on human rights advocacy in Palestine…
A picture of Suha Jarrar and flowers prepared by the staff of the Palestinian human rights group al-Haq and displayed at a commemoration for Jarrar in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on July 12, 2021 
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Government Should Promptly Adopt Strong Policy to Tackle Abuses against Students

The hashtag #JusticePourLouise has been trending in Senegal in recent days, the latest grim reminder of the country’s failure to deal with the scourge of sexual violence in Senegal’s education system. In the latest case, a 19-year-old male student…
A young woman stands by a window at a secondary school in Dakar. 
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Recounts Harrowing Experience Fleeing during Latest Escalation

Abeer al-Harakli, a 28-year-old disability rights defender from Gaza, addressed the United Nations earlier this month at the 14th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She described…
Abeer al-Harakli, a disability rights defender from Gaza, addressing the United Nations in a video message at the 14th session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations, New York, June 17, 2021. 
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Biden Envoy Should Combat Actual Antisemitism, Not Israeli Criticism

On May 18, a group waving the Palestinian flag assaulted diners seated outside a Los Angeles restaurant after reportedly asking if they were Jewish. In New York City two days later, assailants pummeled a young man wearing a skullcap on the street, a…
Police stand guard in front of the Young Israel of Riverdale synagogue where glass windows were smashed in New York on April 25, 2021.
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When Media Misrepresent the International Legal Term, They Ill-Serve the Public

When Human Rights Watch released its report on April 27 finding that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, it was covered by dozens of global media organizations, including the New York Times, The…
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Member Countries Should Extend Prosecutor Full Support

Israeli forces have launched relentless airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have fired rockets at Israeli population centers. At least 227 people, including 64 children have been killed in Gaza, 72,000 people…
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Law School Accused of Bowing to Pressure from Pro-Israel Advocacy Group

Last summer, a hiring committee unanimously selected Dr. Valentina Azarova to direct the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s law school. When the school’s dean stopped Azarova’s hire under disputed circumstances, the…
Signage at the University of Toronto.
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Report on Children in War Finds Omissions, Discrepancies

The United Nations secretary-general has come under fire repeatedly in recent years for letting national armed forces and non-state armed groups off the hook for grave violations against children in war. Now, a group of experts has released a new,…
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Guardians Should Not Have Power to Bar Women from Travel

In a terrible backwards step, Gaza’s Supreme Judicial Council, a body run by Hamas authorities, issued a notice on February 14 allowing male guardians to restrict unmarried women’s travel. Israeli authorities already restrict the movement of two…
Women hold signs during a protest against the decision by Gaza's Supreme Judicial Council banning women from movement in and out of the Gaza Strip without the permission of her "guardian," in Gaza City, February 16, 2021. 
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Rebuke of International Criminal Court Jurisdiction is Alarming

The International Criminal Court (ICC) last week handed down a historic ruling  confirming that the court’s prosecutor has the power to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity  in Palestine. After half a century of impunity since…
The International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands, November 7, 2019. 
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Repudiate Trump Slurs against Activists Critical of Israel and its Settlements

Over the last four years, the Trump administration upended the global politics of the Israel-Palestine issue. On November 19, 2020, a year after declaring that West Bank settlements did not violate international law, Mike Pompeo became the first US…
Outside the office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, demonstrators protest against a law that bars the state from investing in companies that support boycotts of Israel, New York City, June 9, 2016.
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Case Raises Serious Concerns on Threats to Academic Freedom

The University of Toronto’s law school allegedly rescinded a job offer for director of the law school’s International Human Rights Program in response to external pressure about the candidate’s scholarship and work on Israeli government violations of…
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Arbitrary Arrests Continue Despite Prime Minister Shtayyeh’s Vow to End Practice

Few things are more soothing on a hot summer’s day than fresh watermelon. On June 9, Palestinian journalist Sami al-Sai shared on Facebook a video about the sale of watermelons in the West Bank city of Tulkarm that were grown in Jericho. The video…
Journalist Sami al-Sai speaks to Human Rights Watch in 2018 about his detention by the Palestinan Authority the year before.
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New Government Should End Assault on Rights Advocacy

Amnesty International will soon challenge in a Jerusalem court a travel ban that the Israeli government imposed on its campaigner for Israel and Palestine, Laith Abu Zeyad. The hearing is slated for May 31. Six months ago today, the Israeli…
Laith Abu Zeyad, a campaigner for Amnesty International, in front of Israel’s separation barrier in Jerusalem.
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Secretary of State Pompeo Riled by Possible Palestine Investigation

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo once again threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC), this time saying the Trump administration will “exact consequences” if the ICC “continues down its current course” – that is, if the court…
Then-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2018. © 2018 Reuters
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Stuck in Jordan’s Covid-19 Shutdown, Trying to Get Home

I recently interviewed a Palestinian family in Gaza about their struggle to obtain an Israeli-issued permit for their son to receive medical treatment for cancer abroad, since it is unavailable in Gaza. After describing the complicated process, the boy’s…
Abeer Almasri, Human Rights Watch’s Gaza-based research assistant, outside the Erez Crossing on July 5, 2018 on her second trip out of the Gaza Strip in her life and first time visiting Israel and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
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Movement Restrictions, Family Separation Daily Reality for Millions of Palestinians

  On April 14, the Israeli government ordered a 36-hour ban on inter-city travel for Israelis, the latest measure taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Over the last month, authorities have closed several…
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Wrongful Detentions for Free Expression Even More Harmful During COVID-19 Crisis

Lockdowns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have led people across the globe to turn to videoconferencing in place of in-person communications. For the people of Gaza, locked down for more than 13 years by Israel’s closure, videoconferencing has…
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Sidelining Rights Will Bring More Repression, Not Peace

The Trump administration has organized an economic workshop this week in Bahrain as part of its Middle East peace plan, sometimes referred to as the “Deal of the Century.” The $50 billion, 10-year economic component of the plan aims to…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during their meeting in New York, September 25, 2016.