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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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As we approach the last days of the decade, it’s important to reflect on the fight for human rights, the setbacks and successes over the past year in Australia and around the world. Our list isn’t ranked, and far from exhaustive – we…
A Uighur woman picking up school children rides past a picture showing China's President Xi Jinping joining hands with a group of Uighur elders at the Unity New Village in Hotan, in western China's Xinjiang region.
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  Summary In late August and September 2017, Bangladesh welcomed the sudden influx of several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. This followed an earlier wave of violence in October 2016, which forced over…
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The World Economic Forum in Davos is discussing human dignity in supply chains today. The question is how companies that use raw materials or other goods from anywhere in the world – and what company doesn’t these days? – can make sure that the rights of…
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‘Work and Study’ Programs Put Hundreds of Thousands of Children at Risk

(New York) - The Chinese government should abolish the use of income-generating child labor schemes in middle and junior high schools because of their chronic abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Many programs interfere with children’s education, lack…
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World Leaders Must Fulfill Millennium Target for Primary Education

(New York) - Children around the world face systematic barriers to schooling that are undermining global progress towards universal primary education, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released ahead of the U.N. World Summit. Human Rights Watch…
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Human Rights Watch helped to draft and collect signatures for a letter sent by members of the United States Congress requesting the immediate release of two prisoners, Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, from the Liaoyang area of Liaoning province in northeast…
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(New York) - The Chinese government's refusal to allow independent trade unions is fueling worker protests, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 50-page report, "Paying the Price: Worker Unrest in Northeast China,"…
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As riot police shut down workers' protests in northeast China, Beijing's diplomats in Geneva have little to worry about. As things now stand, they won't be forced to defend China's treatment of labor organizers, or its crackdown on pro-democracy activists…
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Burma has continued using forced labor even though it officially banned the practice more than eight months ago, Human Rights Watch charged today. Human Rights Watch said it had evidence of the practice continuing as recently as May 2001. It urged…
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Statement by Mike Jendrzejczyk to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus

The scope of political repression in China is well known. But it affects Chinese citizens in many ways, and not only dissidents are victims of abuse. Just last week, eight members of a book club were detained in Hunan province ?not for reading banned…
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(New York) Human Rights Watch today released details of a case involving a labor organizer in Henan Province that demonstrate China's continued restrictions on basic worker rights in China. Rights violations in China, including labor rights abuses, are…
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(New York) Human Rights Watch said today that it had clear evidence that forced labor in Burma was continuing, despite a government decree issued last October to abolish the practice. It called on the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to…
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Ratifying U.N. Treaty Is Not Enough, Says Rights Group

(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today commended the Chinese government for ratifying a key United Nations human rights treaty, but said China must do more to protect the rights of workers. As China prepares to join the World Trade Organization and to…
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(New York) - More than six months after being put on trial in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on trumped-up charges of "conspiring to subvert the government," two Chinese unofficial labor movement activists, Li Wenming and Guo Baosheng, have been…