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Recent Corrections

  • April 17, 2024: This report was adjusted to clarify that the human rights organization, Haqel: In Defense of Human Right, petitioned the Israeli High Court to instruct the army to protect five Palestinian communities from displacement threats and allow displaced families from Khirbet Zanuta to return, where the Israeli state attorney, in a February 20 response, claimed that no forced displacement had occurred in Khirbet Zanuta.

  • An earlier version of this press release stated this visit is President Xi Jinping’s first visit to the United States since 2015. Xi made a visit to former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2017.

  • 7/18/2023: This news release has been adjusted to reflect the most updated list of countries that allow male guardians to ban women's travel abroad. 

  • 2/2/2023: This press release has been edited after publication to update casualty figures.

  • We have edited the online version of this news release for clarity to indicate that suspended sentences or prison terms in relation to the 2020 vigil specifically range between 4 and 14 months.

  • Clarification: The quote attributed to UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs in a November 2020 UNHCR news release was an appeal to all states, and should not be construed as an appeal to any particular country.

  • In a previous version of this release we stated that Russia has used its veto power in the UN Security Council 15 times to enable Syria to continue using chemical weapons with impunity and to block referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. It has been updated to reflect that Russia has used the veto power 16 times. 

  • The July 16, 2019 news release, “Support Needed to Tackle ICC Shortcomings,” has been updated to clarify that the written reasons for the Gbagbo oral decision were filed on July 16.

  • An earlier version of this press release incorrectly stated that the punishment imposed for lesbian sex was 100 lashes with a whip. The actual punishment is 40 lashes.

  • The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) has removed “gender identity disorder” as a diagnosis. The organization’s name was misstated in an earlier version of this article.