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Death Penalty Push Ignores Real Solutions to Regional Failings

(New York) – South Asian governments should disregard populist death penalty rhetoric and listen to their own experts to prevent and end sexual violence against women, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. Experts on sexual violence from…
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Investigate Attacks on Marchers

(Berlin) – Kyrgyzstan police held about 70 activists, most of them women, for hours on March 8, 2020 without telling them the grounds for their detention or providing access to lawyers, Human Rights Watch said today. The activists had themselves…
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Barriers Include Underinvestment, Fees, Discrimination

(London) – The Pakistan government is failing to educate a huge proportion of the country’s girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 111-page report, “‘Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?’: Barriers to Girls’…
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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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Closures Without Recourse Will Harm Ordinary Pakistanis

(New York) – The Pakistani government’s decision to shut down at least 10 organizations without providing valid reasons violates rights to freedom of expression and association, Human Rights Watch said today. Organizations affected include…
201712asia_pakistan_ngos2 A flood victim carries a sack of flour on his head from a distribution point while heading to his village of Murad Chandio, some 35 km (22 miles) from Dadu in Pakistan's Sindh province January 26, 2011.
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UN Refugee Agency Complicit in Government Coercion

(Kabul) – Pakistani authorities have carried out a campaign of abuses and threats to drive out nearly 600,000 Afghans since July 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The returnees include 365,000 registered refugees, making it the…
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Women, Religious Groups, Refugees Endure Violence, Intimidation

(New York) – Pakistan’s government did little to protect vulnerable groups and religious minorities from attack by militant groups in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. The authorities clamped down on civil society groups for…
Supporters of the Gender Interactive Alliance dance and chant slogans as they pose with a national flag ahead of the Independence Day in Karachi, August 13, 2016.
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Malala Yousafzai is One of Many School-age Victims

(New York) – The Pakistani government should take immediate steps to protect students, teachers, schools, and rights defenders at risk of attack, Human Rights Watch said today. Armed groups including the Taliban, al Qaeda, and their affiliates should…
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Attacks on Education Harm Students, Reduce Development Prospects

(Islamabad) - Militant groups in Pakistan's Balochistan province should immediately stop killing, threatening, and harassing teachers and other educators, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Attacks and bombings by various nationalist,…
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Government Must Allow Independent Investigation Into Bombing

(New York) - Pakistan’s government must allow an independent investigation into the aerial bombing of a religious school in Bajaur Agency, in the country’s tribal areas, Human Rights Watch said today. The October 30 attack in the town of Khar killed 82…
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Despite Progressive Laws, Violence Against Women Goes Unpunished

Kyrgyzstan’s government is allowing domestic violence and the abduction of women for forced marriage to continue with impunity, Human Rights Watch said today in its first report on human rights violations in this Central Asian country. “Police in…
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World Leaders Must Fulfill Millennium Target for Primary Education

(New York) - Children around the world face systematic barriers to schooling that are undermining global progress towards universal primary education, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released ahead of the U.N. World Summit. Human Rights Watch…
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Torture, Unfair Trials and Forced Confinement Pervasive

(London) - In Saudi Arabia foreign workers—who comprise one-third of the kingdom’s population—face torture, forced confessions and unfair trials when they are accused of crimes, Human Rights Watch said today in a report that offers a rare glimpse into the…
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(New York) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell should address violence against women and the military government's proposed changes to the constitution during his visit to Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to him released today. Secretary…
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(New York) - The gang rape case of Mukhtaran Bibi highlights the urgent need to investigate the role of tribal councils in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch sent a letter this week to President Musharraf urging scrutiny of the…
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(New York, August 29, 2001) - Caste-based discrimination blights the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, and the World Conference Against Racism should have the issue squarely on its agenda, Human Rights Watch urged in a new report…
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(New York, October 19, 1999) -- In the wake of the military takeover in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch today released a major report on the state of women's rights in the country. The 100-page report, "Crime or Custom? Violence Against Women in Pakistan,"…