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New ‘Bilingual’ Policy Threatens Children’s Education

(New York) – The Chinese government should reverse its new policy of increasingly replacing Mongolian with Mandarin Chinese as the language of instruction in Inner Mongolia schools, Human Rights Watch said today. Chinese authorities should also stop…
Mongolians protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, against China's plan to introduce Mandarin-only classes at schools in the neighbouring Chinese province of Inner Mongolia on August 31, 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…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.
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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 When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to…
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When people ask me what rising sea levels and hurricanes have to do with human rights, I tell them about my work trip to the Maldives back in 2008. At the time, the small island nation was undertaking democratic reforms and leading the diplomatic…
Maldivian Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Ibrahim Didi signs a declaration calling on countries to cut down carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major UN climate change conference in the Maldives, October 17, 2009. The Maldivian president and ministe
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There’s a town in Africa that offers an amazing view of the Mongolian steppes. The picturesque panorama is hand-painted on the patio wall of Rubkona Primary School, in a rural town in South Sudan. The flowing rivers on the wall contrast sharply…
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Opposition to Withdrawal by States

The African Union made headlines Tuesday for purportedly agreeing to mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The reality is more complex. The decision by AU member states welcomes the announced withdrawals by South Africa,…
A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017.
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Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.
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Statement delivered under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of Fiji comes at an important point in Fiji’s history. In 2014, the country held its first general elections in nearly eight years, resulting in the election of a new government of the Fiji First Party, headed by Prime…
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Make Verifiable Changes to Dismal Rights Record

(Geneva) – UN member states should press the government of Fiji during its UN human rights review to end ill-treatment in detention, cease harassment and arbitrary arrest of its citizens, and stop interfering with judicial independence, Human Rights Watch…
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Fiji’s September 17 elections, the first in nearly eight years, were widely held to have restored democratic rule. An estimated 600,000 voters went to the polls, many casting their ballots for the very first time. But the man in charge before the election…
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Uphold Human Rights in Political Positions, Commitments

(Bangkok) – Fiji’s political parties and their candidates should make respect for human rights a central issue in their campaigns for the election on September 17, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to the five major parties fielding…
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A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates

Ro Teimumu Kepa President Social Democratic Liberal Party   Re: A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates  Dear President Kepa, We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the Social Democratic Liberal Party…
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A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates

Felix Anthony Leader People’s Democratic Party   Re: A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates  Dear Mr. Anthony, We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the People’s Democratic Party uphold the principles…
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A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates

Biman Chand Prasad Party Leader National Federation Party   Re: A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates  Dear Mr. Prasad, We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the National Federation Party uphold the…
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A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates

Lavenia K. Padarath President Fiji Labour Party   Re: A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates  Dear President Padarath, We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the Fiji Labour Party uphold the principles of…
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A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama Leader Fiji First Party   Re: A Human Rights Agenda for Party Candidates  Dear Mr. Bainimarama, We write to you ahead of the elections scheduled for September 17, 2014 to urge that the Fiji First Party uphold the principles of…
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In Fiji, one must choose between being an advocate for media freedom and a journalist. The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA), the government body tasked with regulating the media, advised a prominent local journalist in March to…
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Every year over 400,000 tourists flock to the pristine islands of Fiji, its celestial exterior barely revealing a turbulent political past. Fiji has been without an elected government since Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama seized power in a December 2006…
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Attacks on Freedom of Association Need Urgent Action

(New York) – International Labour Organization (ILO) members should support the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry on Fiji at the March 2014 session of the ILO Governing Body, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to key member states. Such a…