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Human Rights Watch Introduces Country Index Based on Laws, Policies

(Beirut) – Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should outlaw the violent discipline of children, Human Rights Watch said today, introducing an index categorizing countries in the region based on their laws and policies. The MENA…
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As World Cup Draws Closer, Government Yet to Meet Key Reform Promises

(Beirut) – Qatari authorities’ efforts to protect migrant workers’ right to accurate and timely wages have largely proven unsuccessful, Human Rights Watch said in a report and an accompanying video released today. Despite a handful of reforms in…
Migrant workers in Qatar represent about 95 per cent of the country’s labor force. These workers are building the country’s infrastructure, hotels, and stadiums, and powering its service sector. 
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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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  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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New Bill Holds Companies Accountable for Every Step of the Supply Chain

People are becoming more and more aware that the things they buy – like clothes, mobile phones, or even vegetables – could be the product of child labor. Consumers in the Netherlands may soon be able to buy goods with new-found…
"Peter," 15, working alongside a teenage girl at an artisanal and small-scale mine in Odahu, Amansie West district, Ghana.
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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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Dutch Law Would Make Companies Address Exploitation

In a typical department store or mall, shoppers have little way of knowing if what they buy – a piece of clothing, jewelry, or the latest electronics – was made with child labor. Shoppers in the Netherlands, however, may soon have assurances that their…
A 11-year-old girl (front) and an 9-year-old girl (back) harvest tobacco on a farm near Sumenep, East Java.
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“And this is the computer room!” exclaimed the jovial sports teacher, throwing his arms out wide as we entered a classroom at School Number Four in the town of Krasnohorivka in eastern Ukraine. I looked around the classroom, confused. …
A member of the Donbass battalion makes his bed in a school converted into a base, August 18, 2014 in the small town of Popasna. © 2014 AFP/Getty Images/Anatoli Stepanov
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Symposium Set for Anniversary of Declaration

(The Hague) – Human Rights Watch and Leiden University will organize a symposium in The Hague on May 26, 2016, on the one-year anniversary of The Netherlands’ endorsement of the international Safe Schools Declaration. Attacks on schools and the military…
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Last summer, Nina Nikolayevna lost the school in eastern Ukraine where she was the principal. It was shelled by heavy artillery fire during the armed conflict. Thirteen-year-old Martha was forced to flee her village in South Sudan because of…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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#WatchOurSchools Campaign Urges Leaders to End Military Use of Schools

The Hague – The Dutch government should be the first European Union nation to take concrete measures to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, Human Rights Watch said today at the opening of its #WatchOurSchools campaign. The declaration is designed to…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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Abusive System Traps Both Professional and Low-Paid Migrant Workers

(Beirut) – Qatar should immediately abolish its exit visa requirements, which expose migrant workers to the risk of exploitation and abuse. The exit visa system can prevent foreigners from leaving the country merely on the say-so of a current or former…
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Alarming Decline in Europe’s Record

(Brussels) – The European Union and member governments proved unwilling to tackle human rights abuse at home during 2011, even as they proclaimed the issue’s importance in inspiring the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012…
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Better Safeguards Needed for Children who Arrive in Europe Alone

(Brussels) - The European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council conclusions on unaccompanied migrant children focus too much on how to send them back to their countries of origin and too little on how to guarantee their safety, Human Rights Watch said…
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Leadership on Child Labor is Undermined by Government Position on New ILO Treaty

(New York) The Dutch government is leading efforts to end child labor as the host of  an international conference next week, but the government should also support binding international standards to protect domestic workers,  Human Rights Watch said.…
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Letter to the Dutch Immigration Minister

Dear Minister Verdonk, Human Rights Watch is writing to express deep concern regarding current Dutch proposals to deport thousands of failed asylum seekers. We understand that approximately 2,300 asylum seekers will be granted status under an amnesty…