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No Forced Returns of Refugees

  (Nairobi) – The Kenyan government should abandon a renewed push to close the enormous Dadaab refugee camp, Human Rights Watch said today. The move threatens the rights and safety of 250,000 people, mostly Somali refugees…
Photo: Refugees stand outside their tent at the Ifo Extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border in Garissa County, Kenya, October 19, 2011.
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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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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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“Maria,” a Ugandan worker, paid $400 in 2013 to an agency in the United Arab Emirates that promised her a job in a mall in Dubai. Instead, the agency placed her as a domestic worker with half the salary she had been promised. Maria told me that her…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
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Two Years With No Moon Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand Prologue: Bhavani and Her Sisters Summary Key Recommendations to the Thai…
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Palestinians, Children Among Most Vulnerable

(New York) -Egypt has detained over 1,500 refugees from Syria, including at least 400 Palestinians and 250 children as young as two months old, for weeks and sometimes months. Security officials have acknowledged that the refugees will be held…
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Unlawful Transfer Plan to Begin January 21, Could Provoke Conflict

The Kenyan authorities should halt their plan to forcibly move 55,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps, Human Rights Watch said today. Citing a number of grenade attacks in 2012, the…
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Target Traffickers Who Detain, Torture, Sexually Assault Hundreds

(New York) – Egypt should use its increased security force presence in the Sinai Peninsula to free hundreds of migrants held for ransom and abused by human traffickers and other criminals. The authorities should detain, investigate, and prosecute the…
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Top Judicial Body Should Ensure Women’s Full Participation in the Judiciary

(Beirut) - The Egyptian government should act to end discrimination against women in judicial positions in all courts, Human Rights Watch said today.  The Special Council, a governing body of the State Council, on February 22, 2010, overruled a vote taken…
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Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in…
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Avoid Complicity in Serious Egyptian Violations

(Jerusalem) - Israel's High Court should order an end to the government's policy of forcibly returning to Egypt migrants who enter Israel at the Sinai border without giving them an opportunity to claim asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt has…
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Deception Used to Enlist Refugees to Fight in Somalia

(Nairobi) - The Kenyan government should immediately stop the recruitment of Somalis in refugee camps to fight for an armed force in Somalia, Human Rights Watch said today. Kenyan authorities have directly supported the drive, which has recruited…
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Egyptian Authorities Should Give UN Refugee Agency Access to Detained Migrants

(New York, January 8, 2009) - Egypt should immediately halt deportations of Eritrean asylum seekers to their home country, where they face detention and the risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt has forcibly returned home more than 45…
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Sixteen-year-old Hamida sits quietly by a crumbling shelter on the edge of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp and her new home in Kenya. She was separated from her parents during fierce fighting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, in July and her…
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Unknown Fate Awaits Sudanese Fleeing From Darfur

Israel should stop summarily expelling Sudanese nationals who enter the country illegally from Egypt and reinstate its policy of allowing them to remain in Israel pending refugee status determination, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt’s official…
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A letter to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations regarding violations of women’s property rights in Kenya to assist in their review of Kenya’s second periodic report on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political…
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A Joint Letter to Delegates of Kenya's National Constitutional Conference

Nairobi August 2003 To: Delegates of the National Constitutional Conference Dear Delegates: By enacting a new constitution, Kenya has the opportunity to lay a solid foundation for the legal protection of women's equal property rights. The…
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Human Rights Watch's March 4 report, "Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya," documented the denial of property rights to thousands of Kenyan women, especially widows. Now two critically important United Nations bodies have taken…