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Summary Before [being intimidated], we would watch films and have debates and discussions in the classroom [about gender and sexuality]. But I became scared, this was their goal. I don’t have the same willingness anymore. I am very careful now…
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Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Recommendations Should Be Followed by Accountability

Dawda A. Jallow Minister of Justice and Attorney General Attorney General's Chambers and Ministry of Justice Marina Parade Banjul The Gambia 11 May 2022 Dear Honourable Minister Jallow THE TRRC RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE…
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Abuses Overlooked to Justify Cruel Asylum Policy

This week, the United Kingdom published its safety assessment on Rwanda, intended to justify a recently announced agreement to send asylum seekers crossing the English Channel or other so called “irregular” or dangerous routes to the Central African…
Protesters hold placards reading "refugees welcome here" at a demonstration
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A new report published today by Human Rights Watch documents how Russian armed forces have used at least six types of cluster munitions during the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces also appear to have used them at least once. Cluster munitions spread…
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Human Rights Watch Oral Statement

34th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council 12 May 2022 Human Rights Watch has documented grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by Russian military forces in occupied areas of Ukraine, including summary…
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Home Office Should Expedite Long-Term Housing, Support Services

(London) – The uncertainty and crowding in temporary housing is causing growing tensions for Afghan evacuees in the United Kingdom, especially women. Eight months after emergency evacuations from Afghanistan, many Afghan evacuees to the UK are…
Refugees from Afghanistan wait to be processed after arriving on an evacuation flight at Heathrow Airport, London, on August 26, 2021.
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Scrap Discriminatory Bills and Laws, Support Teachers

(São Paulo) – Lawmakers and other public officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels in Brazil have used pernicious legal and political tactics to undermine and even prohibit gender and sexuality education, Human Rights Watch said in a…
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Following Eid, Authorities Ramp Up Restrictions, Crackdown

On May 7, a 62-year-old Rohingya refugee was returning to her shelter in Kutupalong camp after collecting food rations when she was stopped at a checkpoint with other Rohingya by officers from Bangladesh’s Armed Police Battalion, or APBn, who refused…
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Summary This report presents the types of cluster munitions being used in the international armed conflict in Ukraine in 2022 and the civilian casualties immediately suffered and civilian objects damaged. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on…
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Russia, Ukraine Should Join International Ban Treaty

Russian armed forces have used at least six types of cluster munitions in attacks in Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces also appear to have used them at least once. Cluster munitions spread multiple explosive submunitions or bomblets over a wide area…
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Juanita Goebertus Estrada has been selected as the new director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, Human Rights Watch said today. Goebertus, a talented and  effective human rights champion throughout her career in government, academia, and…
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New Laws Risk Undermining Human Rights, Democratic Institutions

In this week’s Queen’s Speech, the British government heralded itself as playing a “leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world.” Its legislative proposals for the year ahead, some of which would not look out of place in an…
Prince Charles reads the Queen's speech next to her crown during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster
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Prominent Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while covering the Israeli raids in the West Bank town of Jenin.  Israeli and Palestinian authorities should conduct credible investigations to her killing, and ensure justice and…
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No Protection from Group Attacks; Authorities Arrest, Detain Victims

(Nairobi) – Security forces in Cameroon are failing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from violent attacks and instead are arresting the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. There has been an uptick in…
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President Biden Should Raise Key Issues with Regional Leaders

(Washington, DC) – The United States-ASEAN Special Summit on May 12, 2022 will embolden autocratic leaders unless it directly confronts the region’s worsening environment for human rights and democracy, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the…
United States President Joe Biden speaks in the virtual ASEAN summit meeting
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More than 150 people have been reported injured and at least five dead during attacks on peaceful protesters in Sri Lanka by government supporters. The clashes marked a dangerous escalation of the present crisis, increasing the…
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Emergency Powers Should Not Enable Human Rights Violations

(New York) – Clashes broke out in Sri Lanka on May 9, 2022 after government supporters attacked peaceful anti-government protest sites in Colombo, the capital, and elsewhere, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should uphold the right to…
A Sri Lankan anti-government protester tries to save some papers from a tent that was set on fire
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Ruling Highlights Absurdity of Local Anti-LGBT Resolutions Across Poland

A court in the Polish city of Rzeszów has thrown out a case against Bartosz Staszewski, an LGBT rights activist who was being sued by the Niebylec commune for defamation. Niebylec, a village in southeastern Poland, is home to about 10,000 people.…
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