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Corruption Settlement Returns Looted Funds to the Public They Were Stolen From

A decade-long scandal involving Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, may actually have a happy ending for the people of the country whose resources have been looted. The United States Department of Justice…
Proceeds from the Malibu home seized from Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president of Equatorial Guinea, are now funding the country's Covid-19 vaccine drive.
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Paves Way for Equatoguineans to Regain Stolen Resources

(Paris) – France’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, on July 28, 2021 upheld two lower courts’ convictions of Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and eldest son of the president, for embezzling and laundering…
Teodorin Nguema, Equatorial Guinea's vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang.
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International Support Should Go Directly to Affected People, Not Government

(Johannesburg) – Equatorial Guinean authorities should invite international experts to conduct an independent investigation into the explosion that took place on March 7, 2021 at a military camp in Bata, the country’s largest city, Human Rights Watch…
A dark cloud of smoke shown in the aftermath of a series of explosions in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, March 7, 2021.
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ICJ Rejects Challenge to Confiscating “Ill-Gotten” Mansion

(Paris) – An International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on December 11, 2020, paves the way for the people of Equatorial Guinea to regain misappropriated resources, Transparency International France, Human Rights Watch, and EG Justice said today. The…
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Government Offers Compensation for Unwanted Surgeries

The Dutch government has apologized to transgender people for previously mandating surgeries, including sterilization, as a prerequisite for legal gender recognition. During a Cabinet meeting this week, government officials also announced plans to…
The Dutch flag flies at the parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, March 16, 2017.
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The Netherlands announced on Sept. 18 that it had notified Syria of its intention to hold that government accountable for torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Syrian government responded by saying the Netherlands…
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Rights Perspectives on Laws Assigning Gender

People whose identities do not fit into a rigid female/male gender binary have, in many countries, been on a years-long quest to obtain official documents that reflect their identities by using a non-binary “X” marker in lieu of the typical “F” or “M…
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Rights Perspectives on Laws Assigning Gender

Dana Zzymm, an intersex and nonbinary US citizen, has been on a years-long quest to obtain a passport that reflects their identity by using a non-binary “X” marker in lieu of the typical “F” or “M.” They sued to compel the US State…
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Beijing’s Growing Repression Needs a Global Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the suspension of many high-profile international visits, but Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s appearance in Italy today – to be followed by visits to France, Germany, and the Netherlands – presents an opportunity…
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting on the Novel Coronavirus in Vientiane, Laos, February 20, 2020.
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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

The Nordic countries proudly express steadfast commitment to human rights as a priority in foreign policy, but have been disappointingly inconsistent in practice. Sweden launched a feminist foreign policy in 2014 – a laudable approach that failed…
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Move Raises Questions of When Gender Markers Are Necessary

The Dutch government will no longer include gender markers on national identification documents (IDs) in the next five years, a move that balances the potential harms – such as harassment, discrimination, and violence – that requiring people to…
The Dutch flag flies at the parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, March 16, 2017.
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Across the globe, people experiencing homelessness face serious risks—this was true before the Covid-19 pandemic. In many wealthy countries, homelessness has come to be seen as a fact of modern society. Some governments have claimed it can’t be…
Tents line a sidewalk on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco, Saturday, April 18, 2020.
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Dutch Government Should Welcome Unaccompanied Children from Greek Islands

Last week, Luxembourg became the first European country to welcome migrant children, twelve girls and boys, from the Greek Aegean Islands. And on April 16, 47 others arrived in Germany, the first to benefit from a plan to relocate…
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€1.35 Million for Research and Advocacy Work

(Amsterdam) – The Dutch Postcode Lottery has reconfirmed a grant for 2020 of €1.35 million to support the work of Human Rights Watch. The lottery and its members have since 2009 provided critically important help for Human Rights Watch…
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Over the last decade nativist populists across the European Union have grabbed headlines . But the cost of that political attention has been less focus paid to how their ideas have entered the mainstream, as establishment parties, left…
Women wearing the Islamic veil, the niqab, sit in the audience seats of the Danish Parliament, at Christiansborg Castle, in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31, 2018. Denmark joined some other European countries in deciding to ban garments that cover the face, in
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Court Orders Government to Stop Use of Welfare Surveillance Program

Yesterday, a Netherlands court ordered the Dutch government to halt its use of SyRI, an automated program that analyzes a wide range of personal and sensitive data to predict how likely people are to commit tax or benefits fraud. The ruling…
Social housing seen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 1, 2016.
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Last week, China’s ambassador to the Netherlands said that bilateral relations were at risk if the Dutch government decided to deny the Dutch company ASML a license to export its Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) machines to China.…
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, December 17, 2019.
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After a Parisian court convicted the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, of laundering more than €150 million in France two years ago and authorities seized those assets, the French government faced a decision:…
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