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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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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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Summary Since 2011, violence in Syria has forcibly displaced at least 1.6 million school-age children to other countries in the region. Before the conflict, more than 90 percent of Syrian children attended primary school and 70 percent…
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Fast-Track Returns Put Refugees at Risk

(Moscow) – Norway should stop using fast-track procedures to return asylum seekers to Russia based on the presumption that it is a safe country of asylum for them, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian and Norwegian authorities plan to meet on February 3…
Refugees and migrants gather near a checkpoint on the Russian-Norwegian border in Murmansk region, Russia on October 30, 2015.
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Prioritize Protection of Civilians in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

(New York) - The U.N. Security Council should hold governments in West Africa accountable for their support of abusive regimes and rebel groups, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper presented to the Security Council today. Members of the Security…
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A Briefing Paper to the U.N. Security Council

Liberia: Upsurge in Fighting and Humanitarian CrisisCôte d'Ivoire: On the PrecipiceGuineaSierra Leone    The Sierra Leone Special CourtProtection of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and ECOWAS NationalsChild SoldiersUse of Proxy Forces and Support…
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Relocation from Border Area is Not Enough

(New York) - Refugees in Guinea are vulnerable to serious human rights abuse at the hands of Guinean authorities and civilian vigilantes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Guinean security personnel and civilians regularly harass…
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New Plan Would Not Protect Refugees

(Freetown) - Rebel attacks on refugees returning home to Sierra Leone cast doubt on a new United Nations plan for "safe passage" through rebel-held territory. Human Rights Watch research found that Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels are raping,…
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The parallels between the current crisis in Guinea and the situation in Macedonia at the onset of the Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999 are striking. The international response to both situations could not be more different. Guinea is host to the second…
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Government incites attacks on Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees; UNHCR must act

Human Rights Watch strongly condemned the Guinean government for inciting armed attacks against Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees. Human Rights Watch today released the first on-the-ground testimonies from more than 40 victims, including ten women…
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United Nations Should Act, Says Rights Group

(New York) - Sierra Leone rebels are regularly committing atrocities against civilians in areas less than 40 kilometers outside the capital of Freetown. Human Rights Watch has documented numerous rebel abuses committed during the months of January and…
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Sierra Leonean refugee children have been neglected by the international community and face abuse in the camps where they should find protection, Human Rights Watch charged in a report Forgotten children of war: Sierra Leonean Refugee Children in Guinea.…
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Sierra Leonean refugees face repeated cross-border attacks, lack refuge

Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations refugee agency to take immediate steps to protect the security of more than 100,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea. It called on the agency to move the refugees who are in camps too close to the border to…
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Rights group calls on international community to step up monitoring

(New York) - In a report released today, Human Rights Watch condemns the war of terror now underway against civilians in Sierra Leone, and calls on the international community to take emergency measures to end the killings, amputations, and abductions…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch warned that unless the international community takes immediate steps to address the desperate plight currently facing Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia, it is likely that the situation will worsen and ultimately pose a…