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After Pledging Reforms, UK Development Bank Should Implement Them

A United Kingdom development bank, CDC Group, has taken another step toward addressing human rights abuses at oil palm plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In May, the bank committed to reforming its complaints mechanism and adopting a…
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Governments at the UN’s Human Rights Council stunned companies last week when they voted to start negotiations on a treaty to address corporate responsibility for human rights abuses. If done right, this could lead to much-needed action by governments to…
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This week, the European Union’s top court invalidated the EU’s data retention law, calling into question whether blanket data retention can ever be consistent with human rights requirements. This decision is a major victory for digital rights groups which…
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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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The search engine stops censoring information and ideas in China

Last month, Google - one of the world's most important technology companies - stood up to the Chinese government by making it clear that it will not be complicit in censoring information and ideas. For years, corporations - including Google, Yahoo!,…
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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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The United Nations took an important step toward setting human rights standards for corporations this August by combining existing laws on corporate conduct into a single document. The U.N. Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights…
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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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In May 2002, Human Rights Watch joined fifty-three other non-governmental organizations in writing to EBRD President Jean Lemierre to express concern about the detrimental impact of holding the meeting in Tashkent on respect for human rights in Uzbekistan…
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WIDESPREAD LABOR ABUSE ON BANANA PLANTATIONS IN ECUADOR Ecuadorian children as young as eight work on banana plantations in hazardous conditions, while adult workers fear being fired if they try to exercise their right to organize, Human Rights Watch…
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In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falungong, a variant of an ancient exercise and meditation system. The government labeled Falungong an "evil cult" and began an aggressive and often violent campaign against its practitioners which continues…
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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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In response to Human Rights Watch's February report on child labor in Egypt's cotton industry, grant-making body US AID has added a new condition to Egyptian aid: cash transfers will be tied to the government publicizing its decision to rescind the 1965…