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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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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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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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Entitled to Consultation on Communal Ownership

  (Washington, DC) – A draft law before the Antigua and Barbuda Senate would deprive Barbudans of communal land where they have lived for generations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Antigua and Barbuda government should consult with the…
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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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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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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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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…
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New Case Addresses Justice Need, but ICC Resources Need Boost

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorized an investigation into crimes committed during the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia, Human Rights Watch said today. ICC judges on January 27, 2016, approved the…
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Victims of 2008 South Ossetia Conflict Await Justice

(Geneva) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Georgia may open a window to justice for international crimes during the 2008 conflict in the South Ossetia region, Human Rights Watch said today. A…
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Annual Treaty Meeting Opens in Costa Rica

(San Jose, Costa Rica) – Countries around the world should enact strong laws to implement the treaty banning cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today at an international meeting of nations party to the treaty. The…
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Take Principled Approach to Deepening Ties with Post-Soviet Neighbors

(Brussels) – The European Union should ensure that human rights are at the core of its relationships with the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership. On November 28 and 29, 2013, the EU will convene a summit of its eastern neighbors in Vilnius, at…
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(Berlin) – Georgia’s new government needs to rectify the troubling human rights problems it inherited, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. In addressing past abuses, the government should avoid politically motivated prosecutions,…
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Authorities Should Secure Full Due Process Rights for Detainees

(Tbilisi) – Georgia’s use of administrative detention to lock up protesters and political activists violates the country’s international commitments to safeguard against arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately…
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Graphic Video Material Points to Need for Accountability

(Berlin) – Video footage broadcast on Georgian television on September 18, 2012, depicts sexual and other abuse of inmates in a notorious prison in Georgia, which should be subject to criminal investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. The government…
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Administrative Offenses Code Lacks Due Process Rights

(Tbilisi) – Georgia’s system for handling administrative offenses, or misdemeanors, violates the defendant’s due process rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Georgian government is reforming the system, but should take urgent…
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Abkhaz Authorities Curb Ethnic Georgian Returnees’ Rights

(New York) - The rights of ethnic Georgian returnees to Abkhazia are hostage to nearly two decades of political conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. About 47,000 of those displaced by the fighting in the early 1990s as Abkhazia…
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Investigate Operation to Disperse Crowd

(New York) - Riot police in Georgian capital Tbilisi beat demonstrators while trying to disperse a peaceful anti-government protest, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should launch an immediate, thorough, and impartial investigation into…