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Bryan Russell, Who Has Down Syndrome, Fights for Inclusive Schools, Political Participation

(New York) – Bryan Russell, a Peruvian human rights advocate, is the 2021 recipient of the Human Rights Watch Marca Bristo Fellowship for Courageous Leadership in Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Russell, 29, is a passionate…
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Congress Omitted Adequate Consultation Process

(Lima) – Thousands of Peruvians with disabilities risk losing some of their legal rights if Congress passes a new law for people with disabilities that would replace existing legislation, Human Rights Watch said today. The Commission on Social…
A view of the Congress building in Lima, Peru, September 17, 2018.
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OAS Should Convene Urgent Meeting

(Washington, DC) – The way Peru’s Congress removed President Martín Vizcarra from office on November 9, 2020, and the immediate consequences for the independence of the constitutional court, pose a serious threat to the rule of law in the country,…
Martín Vizcarra speaks in front of the presidential palace after lawmakers voted to remove him from office in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
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Adopt New Regulations, Increased Oversight

(Tbilisi) – Georgia’s parliament is scheduled to begin discussing a package of amendments to the country’s labor legislation this week, Human Rights Watch said today. If adopted, the amendments would offer much greater protection to workers and go a…
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Risks Encouraging Illegal Use of Force

(Washington, DC) – Peru recently enacted a law eliminating an explicit requirement that the use of force by police must be proportionate and granting police special protections against criminal prosecution, Human Rights Watch said…
Riot police walk in front of the closed congress building in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Act Immediately to Guarantee Voting Rights for 2021 Election

(Lima, Peru) – Thousands of Peruvian citizens with disabilities who had previously been under legal guardianship by courts have not been included on the national voting registry in time to vote in the January 26, 2020 congressional elections in…
Actors and actresses with down syndrome represent Hamlet in a theater in Lima in December 2019.
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Regulation, Oversight Urgently Needed to Protect Miners

(Tbilisi) – The safety of workers in Georgia’s mines is at serious risk due to insufficient government regulation and resulting mining practices that prioritize production quotas and put workers’ safety in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said in a…
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Authorities Should Investigate the Use of Force in Protest Outside Parliament

(Tbilisi) – Riot police in Tbilisi fired rubber bullets and used teargas without warning against thousands of nonviolent protesters outside the Georgian Parliament on June 20, 2019. As a standoff continues between protesters…
In this image from video, some thousands of protesters gather outside the parliament building in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.
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Proposal Undermines Victims’ Rights

(Washington, DC) – Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra should veto a bill that would grant a conditional release to former President Alberto Fujimori, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, passed by the Peruvian Congress on October 12, 2018, is a thinly…
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Public Health Approaches Needed to Remedy Harmful Use of Drugs

(Tbilisi) – Georgia’s drug laws and their aggressive enforcement is causing severe and unjustifiable harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Drug prosecutions for consumption and possession often lead to long prison…
A sign which reads “Care instead of Punishment” is held aloft at a protest rally calling for decriminalization of personal drug use.
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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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Case Studies of Colombia, United Kingdom, Georgia, Guinea

(The Hague) – The prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has important leverage to encourage countries to investigate and prosecute grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
Relatives hold pictures of their beloved during a March 6, 2009 march in Bogota against the “false positive” killings and enforced disappearances.
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Human Rights Watch Submits Brief to Rights Court

(Washington, DC) – The Peruvian government should revoke the humanitarian pardon granted to former autocratic President Alberto Fujimori, Human Rights Watch said today as it submitted an amicus brief to the Inter-American Court of Human…
Relatives of victims of the guerrilla conflict in the 1980s and 1990s protest outside a court before a hearing on former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's pending trials, Lima, Peru, January 25, 2018. The banner reads: "Fujimori to prison, justice for
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Evidence of Torture, Enforced Disappearances, Cover-Up

(Washington, D.C.) – New evidence has emerged that credibly implicates former President Ollanta Humala Tasso (2011-2016) in atrocities during Peru’s armed conflict in the 1990s, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The…
Antenor Hoyos Cubas and María Concepción Sagastegui Tapia, with their daughter, at their home in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, May 2017. Soldiers forcibly disappeared the couple’s son Nelson in June 1992.
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No Pardon for Human Rights Crimes

(Washington, DC) – Peru’s government should neither pardon former President Alberto Fujimori nor afford him any other opportunity for an early release from prison that is not broadly available to incarcerated criminals in Peru, Human…
Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori listens to the judge's verdict about his sentence in prison, in Lima October 29, 2013.
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Afgan Mukhtarli is Facing Politically Motivated Prosecution in Azerbaijan

Update, May 31, 2017 On May 31, Azerbaijani authorities pressed additional charges against Afgan Mukhtarli, accusing him of violently resisting a law enforcement official, and the Sabail district court of Baku sent him for…
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Possible Government Interference with Judiciary, Media

UPDATE: On March 7, the seven-member Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights extended the interim measure suspending the enforcement of the Supreme Court's March 2 decision "until further notice." (Tbilisi) – An ownership dispute over…
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Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.
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Financial Crisis Threatens Basic Protections

(Washington, D.C.) – Member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) should promptly ensure that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights receives enough financial support to fulfill its mandate, Human Rights…
A protester holds up a sign next to relatives of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos during a march in Mexico City