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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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Discussion in Geneva Spotlights Child Labor, Media, Markets, and Accountability

(Geneva) – North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week,…
Tomas Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, attends a news conference after his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 12, 2018.
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(Beirut) – Lawless armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) morphed into disastrous trends for the region in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its 2018 World Report. “Failed leadership, failed…
Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. © 2017 Getty Images
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Human Rights Council Opens Door to Prosecution Strategies

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has brought North Korea another step closer to accountability for human rights crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A resolution, passed without a vote on March 24, 2017, strengthens the…
Tomás Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 13, 2017.
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End Ongoing Discrimination, Abductions and Enforced Disappearances

(Seoul) – As North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder and perpetual president, Kim Il-Sung, on April 15, the world should urgently demand an end to the systematic and pervasive human rights abuses taking place today in…
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Panel Discussion in Geneva on March 14 to Focus on Pyongyang Accountability

(Geneva) – United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states should protect victims of forced labor and ensure accountability for rights abuses by creating a panel of experts to devise a comprehensive strategy to address decades of impunity in…
Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda on human rights abuses by North Korea in New York on December 10, 2015.
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Body of Experts Would Set Out Plan for Rights Responsibility

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should support the creation of a panel of experts to ensure accountability for rights abuses in North Korea when it takes up a resolution on the country next month, Human Rights Watch and 13 other groups…
UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman addresses a news conference on the situation of human rights in North Korea in Geneva on March 16, 2015.
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Governments Should Press Pyongyang, Beijing Over Their Actions

(Geneva) – Human Rights Council member countries should help victims of human rights violations fleeing persecution in North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. China in particular should either shelter such people or permit North Koreans leaving their…
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General Assembly Should Adopt Resolution Seeking Justice for Crimes Against Humanity

(New York) – United Nations member states should vote in favor of a landmark resolution on the human rights situation in North Korea which seeks to advance justice for crimes against humanity, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Jacob…
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Recommends UN Security Council Action, Targeted Sanctions

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council sent a clear message on March 28, 2014 that North Korean leaders should be brought to justice through Security Council action. The Human Rights Council, in a resolution, endorsed the report of its Commission of…
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New Video Shows Horrors of North Korea Through Eyewitness Testimony

(Geneva) – A new United Nations report has found that crimes against humanity are occurring in North Korea and calls for an international tribunal to investigate and hold perpetrators to account, Human Rights Watch said today. The report, by a UN…
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Urge Members of Human Rights Council to Establish Commission

(Tokyo) ­– The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), consisting of over 40 leading human rights organizations and activists, today welcomes Japan’s strong position in favor of the establishment of a new United…
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Rights Body Stops Short of Urging Syria Referral to International Criminal Court

The United Nations Human Rights Council took bold action to address the chronically poor human rights situations in Belarus and Eritrea, Human Rights Watch said today, at the closing of the council’s 20th session. The council unanimously condemned the “…
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Western Countries Turn a Blind Eye to Libyan Abuses

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution condemning human rights violations in North Korea signaled both the gravity of the abuses and the need for the new president, Kim Jong-un, to make major reforms, Human Rights…
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Security Council Should Press to End Crackdown, Impose Sanctions

(New York) - Syria's withdrawal of its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 11, 2011, should be followed by an end to its violent crackdown on peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights groups from…
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Country Under Investigation by Rights Body Not Fit to Join

(New York) - The UN General Assembly should strongly reject Syria's candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Syria's attempt to join the council in the midst of its brutal crackdown on largely peaceful protests is a…
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Human Rights Council Should Act on Bahrain and Yemen

(Geneva) - Syria should end its violent repression of peaceful protests following unequivocal condemnation of its actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. The council's resolution, adopted by a large majority on…
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Reject Syria’s Bid for Human Rights Council Seat

(Geneva) - The United Nations Human Rights Council should strongly condemn repression of peaceful protests in Syria and mount an investigation into recent violence, Human Rights Watch said. The council is meeting to discuss Syria on April 29, 2011,…
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Support Ebbing in Rights Body for Problematic 'Defamation of Religions' Resolution

(Geneva) - By endorsing human rights monitoring in Burma, Guinea, and North Korea, the United Nations Human Rights Council took an important step to spotlight human rights violations in those countries, Human Rights Watch said today. The council…