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Summary Patricia Leatham moved back into the council house where she grew up when her mother became ill in 2017, to look after her as a full-time caregiver. When her mother died in 2019, Patricia and her then 14-year-old son, “Clarence,” were evicted…
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Government is Failing to Ensure Adequate Housing for Families

(London) – Children in London are growing up in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government, Human Rights Watch and the Childhood Trust said in a joint report…
A mother stands with her son outside the front door to their accommodation at a development of converted shipping containers
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  Families in London are living in substandard and uninhabitable “temporary accommodation” as a result of persistent policy failures by central and local government. The UK government is failing in its duty to ensure the right to adequate housing…
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Policies on Migration, Poverty, Gender-Based Violence Raise Rights Concerns

(London) – The United Kingdom government policies and practices at home often showed scant regard for human rights in 2021, and its commitment to human rights in its foreign policy was inconsistent, Human Rights Watch said today in its…
Border Force officers assist 20 Syrian migrants aboard HMC Hunter after they were stopped as they crossed The Channel in an inflatable dinghy headed in the direction of England.
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Last Wednesday, the Nationality and Borders Bill ­– fittingly dubbed the “Anti-refugee bill”­– passed its third reading in the House of Commons, 298 ayes to 231 noes. The Borders Bill works to dismantle the international refugee…
Border Force officers assist 20 Syrian migrants aboard HMC Hunter after they were stopped as they crossed The Channel in an inflatable dinghy headed in the direction of England.
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Proposed Borders Bill Would Cause More Suffering, Less Protection

Perhaps the most draconian immigration bill in the United Kingdom’s history is moving swiftly through parliament, currently in its final days of scrutiny in the Commons. The Nationality and Borders Bill seeks to dismantle core tenets of the…
A group of people on the deck of HMC Seeker as they wait to be brought ashore by the UK Border Force in Kent. September 22, 2020.
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November 2021 Human Rights Watch welcomes the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of the UK government’s policy on Afghanistan, including the implications of the Taliban gaining power and the human rights and humanitarian crises, and as…
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The ordeal of an 11-year-old girl who became pregnant after repeatedly being raped by a family member briefly brought to the fore the myriad barriers to obtaining a legal abortion in Bolivia. After weeks of publicity and thanks to the intervention…
A woman holds a banner that reads in Spanish "Girls, not mothers," during a demonstration calling for sexual and reproductive rights in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 27, 2021. The case of an 11-year-old girl who became pregnant after repeatedly being raped by a family member rekindled the debate on abortion in Bolivia.
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Supportive Community Response, Rather than Law Enforcement

Kaola Baird experienced intense feelings of depression and sadness. She began noticing that she was feeling drained, with limited energy and motivation. She just stopped engaging with life fully. Her experience is not unique. One in four people around the…
Kaola Baird with teammates at the Dragon Boat Race Festival
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Needs of Marginalized Groups Should Inform Government Response

Canada’s western province of British Columbia is once again reeling from devastation linked to climate change. Following this summer’s deadly heat and rampant wildfires, record rainfall this month has triggered massive flooding, displacing more than…
A woman and children in boat leaving behind car with floodwaters up to the roof in the background.
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French and British Governments Need New Approach to Irregular Migration

At least 27 people, including a young girl, died in the frigid waters off France this week while trying to cross to the United Kingdom in an inflatable dinghy. The tragedy has intensified a dispute between British and French officials over who bears…
Activists and members of associations defending migrants' rights light candles in front of a banner reading "309 dead on the France UK border since 1999", during a gathering outside the port of Calais, northern France, November 25, 2021.
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Case Management Programs Cost Less and Are More Humane than Imprisoning Asylum Seekers

A door has cracked open to the possibility of a future in which people fleeing their home countries might not be subjected to the oppressive walls of detention centers. In August, the US Department of Homeland Security announced a Case Management Pilot…
Photo of person being released from immigration detention.
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Summary As the harmful effects of immigration detention become more widely known and the appropriateness of detaining migrants is increasingly questioned, governments are looking at alternatives to detention as more humane and rights-respecting…
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Pilot Programs Point Way to Rights-Respecting Models

(New York) – Pilot programs testing alternatives to immigration detention in several countries, including the United States, offer governments models for more humane and rights-respecting approaches, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…
Illustration of a man hugging his family outside of a detention center