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Laetitia Bader, Human Rights Watch’s Horn of Africa Director, recently returned from a research mission in Sudan to interview refugees who fled the fighting that broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in early November 2020. For several weeks, federal…
People who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region ride a bus to the Village 8 temporary shelter near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, December 1, 2020. 
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Response to the Joint Questionnaire on Covid-19 and Human Rights by UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/callCovid19.aspx We are writing to share our concerns regarding the protection of older people during the Covid-19 pandemic. These include access to social services, concerns regarding nursing homes,…
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Civilians Bear the Brunt of Renewed Fighting

Libya began descending into chaos after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. Could you summarize the complex situation in Libya today? The latest conflict started in April 2019, when an armed group in eastern Libya called…
Government of National Accord fighters take positions during clashes with east-based fighters from the Libyan National Army at Al-Yarmouk frontline in Tripoli, Libya on August 29, 2019.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2                                                                                                       July 9,…
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Submission to the plenary session on Pakistan

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous child rights violations in Pakistan in recent years. This submission relates to Articles 2, 6, 8, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, and 40 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In…
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Kenya’s Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world. Anthropologists consider it the cradle of civilization, where some of the earliest hominid fossils were found. Roughly 300,000 people live around Lake Turkana, and most…
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Letter to Congressional Leaders

Brasília, June 9, 2015   Renan Calheiros Senator, President of the Federal Senate of Brazil   Andre Moura, Federal Deputy, President of the Chamber of Deputies Special Commission on PEC 171…
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H.E. Ibrahim O. Dabbashi Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations   Dear Ambassador Dabbashi,   We wish to congratulate you on your election on 1 October as chair of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) First Committee on Disarmament…
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Letter to North Carolina Senators

Human Rights Watch wrote to urge the North Carolina Senate to pass House Bill 585, which would bring all correctional and juvenile facilities in the state into compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The text of the letter is below…
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Letter to Florida Senator Greg Evers

Senator Greg Evers Chair, Senate Criminal Justice Committee 440 S. Monroe Street 412 Knott Building Tallahassee, FL 32301 Re: Senate Bill 1350 Dear Senator Evers: Human Rights Watch urges the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to oppose Senate Bill (SB…
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Mr.Firas AL RASHIDI Acting Ambassador/First Secretary Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Japan   Your Excellency, We, the citizens of Japan, deeply regret that a large number of Syrian citizens have been victimized in the recent conflict that has been…
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Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

On October 19, 2012, Human Rights Watch wrote to Governor Corbett and urged him to veto Senate Bill 850, which would maintain life without parole sentences as an option for child offenders. The text of the letter is below. -------- The Honorable Tom…
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In California, “life without parole” means just that – it is a sentence to die in prison. The United States is the only country in the world to impose this sentence on youth 17-years-old or younger, ignoring the ability of young people to grow and change…