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What Does a Billionaire Buying a Social Media Platform Mean for People?

Billionaire Elon Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” is set to buy Twitter. Human Rights Watch has already been critical of how Twitter and other social media platforms aren’t doing enough to respect the rights of their users. Amy…
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Inaccessible Polls, Lack of Information May Prevent Thousands from Voting

As Lebanese citizens get ready to vote in parliamentary elections on May 15, questions remain whether those with disabilities will be able to safely cast their ballots. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of Lebanon’s population have a disability, and…
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One Year Since Deadly Hostilities that Killed Scores of Civilians

Friends abroad often ask how I’m coping after last year’s escalation in Gaza. I struggle to find the words to describe the terror of lying awake at night not knowing if I’d see daylight again, the anguish of those I interviewed who survived the…
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Voters Should Consider Candidates’ Commitments

(Sydney) – Australia’s 2022 federal election on May 21 is an opportunity for voters to make their vote count for human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Voters should consider candidates’ positions on key human rights issues and support…
A voter drops his ballot paper into the ballot box during Australia's general election in Sydney.
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Compilation of Political Party Responses

Below is a question-by-question compilation of responses by The Coalition, The Australian Labor Party (ALP), and The Greens. The ALP did not respond under each individual question but responded under relevant thematic subheadings, so Human Rights Watch…
A voter drops his ballot paper into the ballot box during Australia's general election in Sydney.
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Collapsing Healthcare System Particularly Harmful for Women

“We just buried Mom. Can you believe it? She was too young to die. I can’t take her place for my younger siblings.” These are the painful words of my 17-year-old cousin, Sima, who had just lost her mother a few hours before we spoke. My Aunt…
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Authorities Chaotic Prisoner Release Punishes Hopeful Relatives

On April 30, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted a general amnesty for “Syrian citizens detained on ‘terrorism-related’ crimes,’” except for crimes that resulted in death. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has documented the release of…
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In Afghanistan, the Taliban have announced yet more repressive measures against women. The new decree called on women not to leave their homes if possible and demands that all women cover their faces in public. It adds to measures already in place…
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Carry Out Judicial Panel Recommendations; Tackle Climate of Impunity

(Abuja) – Nigerian authorities have made no effort to ensure justice for the killing of protesters in Lagos state in 2020, six months after a judicial panel implicated security forces in the abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities…
Demonstrators protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 15, 2020.
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Few Responses to Questionnaire for Candidates

(Beirut) – Candidates for Lebanon’s parliament should be making firm commitments to strengthen human rights protections during these difficult times for Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said today. Only nine candidates and one political party for…
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Amendments Positive but More Needed

(Amman) – Jordan should commit to fully ending debt imprisonment before the present moratorium expires in June 2022. The parliament has passed amendments to the main law that mandates debt imprisonment in Jordan. While the amendments are an…
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Hong Kong's one-man election drives home Beijing's broken promises to the territory

After weeks of speculation, on April 8 the Chinese government unveiled its pick of Hong Kong’s next leader—John Lee, a former senior police official. Hong Kong used to be the only territory under Chinese sovereignty with semi-democratic elections.…
John Lee announces his manifesto during the 2022 chief executive electoral campaign in Hong Kong.
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The World Health Organization just announced that nearly 15 million people have died either directly or indirectly from Covid-19 in the past two years, and that is probably an underestimate. Widespread policy failures are prolonging the pandemic…
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Donors Should Press Ministry to Improve Access, Transparency; End Policy Barriers

(Beirut) – Donor governments should address the unprecedented education crisis in Lebanon at the funding conference on May 10, 2022, in Brussels, the Center for Lebanese Studies and Human Rights Watch said today. Public schools for hundreds of…
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Free Migration Detainees; Allow Them to Leave Country for Safety

(Berlin) – Migrants and asylum seekers locked up in a migrant detention center in Mykolaiv on the edge of the front lines in southern Ukraine are in danger and should be released, Human Rights Watch said today. Ukraine should urgently release the…
A member of the Ukrainian armed forces walks past the wreckage of a house damaged by rockets on the southern outskirts of Mykolaiv, Ukraine on March 9, 2022. © 2022 Scott Peterson/Getty Images
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Allow Those Barred from Leaving to Return to Canada

(Beirut) – Algerian authorities have imposed arbitrary travel bans on at least three activists from the Algerian diaspora, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Although one of the three was finally permitted to leave on May 5, 2022…
Algerians demonstrate in Algiers to mark the second anniversary of the Hirak movement, February 22, 2021. 
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15 Million Deaths While Only 15 Percent Vaccinated in Low-Income Countries

Nearly 15 million people have died either directly or indirectly from Covid-19 in the past two years, new data from the World Health Organization shows. The devastation is likely even worse given that Covid-19 deaths have been largely undercounted by…
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Human Rights Watch’s Opposition to CARE Court (SB 1338)

Senator Anthony Portantino Chair, Appropriations Committee California State Capitol, Room 3086 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Human Rights Watch’s Opposition to CARE Court (SB 1338) Dear Senator Portantino: Human Rights Watch has carefully reviewed…
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Information for Sale on Who Visited Women’s Health Clinic, How Long They Stayed

Vice Motherboard recently reported that a location data firm is selling information related to US clinics that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood facilities. For just over US$160, journalists at Motherboard could purchase a week’s worth…
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