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Security Forces Should Safeguard Citizens Against Violence

(Johannesburg) – Eswatini authorities should ensure that security forces deployed in the wake of protests respect citizens’ rights and observe international standards of law enforcement, Human Rights Watch said today. Eswatini, Africa’s last…
King Mswati III of Eswatini addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2019.
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European Court Upholds Ban on Face Coverings

The European Court of Human Rights has struck another blow to women’s autonomy, ruling in favor of bans on full-face veils enacted in 2011 in Belgium. Echoing a 2014 ruling in S.A.S v. France, the court cited the vague idea…
Salma, a 22-year-old French national living in Belgium who chooses to wear the niqab after converting to Islam, gives an interview to Reuters television outside the Belgian Parliament in Brussels in this April 26, 2010 file photo.
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Canada’s Supreme Court on June 28, 2017 upheld a lower court’s injunction to require Google to delist web pages from a company that had been copying and selling a product belonging to Equustek Solutions Inc.. Google had already delisted all the company’s…
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Swaziland’s deteriorating human rights record just got worse today, when a court sentenced a human rights lawyer and an editor to two years in prison – all because they spoke out against the country’s chief justice. Police arrested lawyer Thulani Maseko,…
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Parliament Should Reject Bill for Nationwide Restrictions

(Brussels, April 21, 2010) - The Belgian Parliament should vote down a bill that would criminalize wearing the full Muslim veil in all public places in Belgium, Human Rights Watch said today. The lower chamber of Parliament is expected to debate the bill…
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On June 22, King Mswati III of Swaziland issued a royal decree that allows banning of publications without appeal, eliminates bail for some crimes, and increases the punishment for defamation. The royal edict was issued shortly after the banning of two…
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Actions Undermine Judiciary and Rule of Law

King Mswati III of Swaziland should reconsider a recent royal decree eliminating bail for some crimes, banning two publications, and making the punishment for defamation more severe. In a letter to the King, Human Rights Watch called on the Swaziland…
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Your Majesty, We are deeply concerned by recent government actions that have sharply curtailed freedom of expression and undermine the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Swaziland.