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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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Dear Senator/Representative: We write to you as organizations representing millions of Americans, including teachers, healthcare professionals, workers, farmworkers, and advocates concerned about children’s safety. We are alarmed at reports that children…
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Last summer, thousands of children, many only 12 or 13 years old, worked in US tobacco fields and curing barns, often suffering acute nicotine poisoning from their contact with the plants. But next summer, the picture may be different, thanks to a rapid…
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  August 18, 2014 Administrator Gina McCarthy Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC  20460 Re: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions; Proposed Rule Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184 Thank you for the…
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Child tobacco workers in the United States have some new allies in Congress. Today, on World Day against Child Labor, 17 US Senators sent a letter to the world's largest tobacco companies, urging them to prohibit hazardous child labor in their supply…
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Since 2000 the number of child laborers worldwide has dropped by one-third, from 248 million to 168 million, according to new statistics just released by the International Labor Organization (ILO). While the progress is encouraging, the number of children…
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Letter to Members of the New York State Legislature

With the New York State legislative session scheduled to end on June 20, 2013, Human Rights Watch urges Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos to schedule a vote on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, and further urges the New York State Legislature…
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Preventing needless suffering of the terminally ill in India

In January, years of joint advocacy by Human Rights Watch and Indian palliative care groups culminated in the Medical Council of India recognizing palliative care as a specialization of medicine and approving an MD Palliative Care program. Over time, this…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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Human Rights Watch helped to draft and collect signatures for a letter sent by members of the United States Congress requesting the immediate release of two prisoners, Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, from the Liaoyang area of Liaoning province in northeast…
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Burns, Beatings and 12-Hour Days for Bonded Children

(London, January 23, 2003) The Indian government is failing to protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of children who toil as virtual slaves in the country's silk industry, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 85-page report, "…
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Letter also sent to members of Security Council

H.E. Ambassador John Negroponte President of the Security Council United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations 7019 UN Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Ambassador Negroponte: In 1994 soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) killed…
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The failure of the Enron Corporation, and its connections with U.S. government officials, has once again turned attention to the human rights abuses that plagued the Corporation's Dabhol power plant in India from 1992 to 1998. Human Rights Watch's 1999…
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On May 10, Senator Tom Harkin introduced new legislation into the US Senate to address abusive and exploitive child labor in the United States. The legislation would eliminate the current double-standard which allows children to work in large-scale…
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