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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Expand A general view shows the plenary room of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg, France, May 20, 2015. © 2015 REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (Brussels) – Candidates for the European Parliament should clarify their positions on key human rights issues at a time when respect for human rights and the rule of law are under attack from some European leaders, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has sent a questionnaire to leading candidates from European political groupings running for election and plans to make the responses public ahead of the 23-26 May, 2019… (Full Story)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Expand Outside the office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, demonstrators protest against a law that bars the state from investing in companies that support boycotts of Israel, New York City, June 9, 2016. © 2016 Mark Apollo/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Many United States states are using anti-boycott laws and executive orders to punish companies that refuse to do business with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 250 million Americans, some 78 percent of the population, live in states with anti-boycott… (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
Expand  Bangladeshi photographers form a human chain at TSC demanding immediate release of the jailed internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 16, 2018. © 2018 Rehman Asad / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images In its annual press freedom index, Reporters Sans Frontières has dropped Bangladesh to 150th out of 180 countries – the lowest ranking it has ever received. Bangladesh’s Information Minister Hasan Mahmud disputed the report’s findings, saying there is “no censorship on news.” His claim would be laughable if the reality weren’t… (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Pinar was an LL.M. student at UCLA School of Law, where she worked on conflict related sexual violence against men and boys in Turkey and Syria for All Survivors Project's report "Destroyed From Within". Pinar was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic at UCLA, where she conducted research on juvenile justice issues in the US and worked with youth in B.J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Pinar previously worked as an attorney at Baker Mckenzie Istanbul office for three years, where she represented business clients in international transactions. Meanwhile, Pinar… (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
Expand A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. © 2018 Private (Beirut) – Houthi forces’ widespread use of landmines along Yemen’s western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used indiscriminately in violation of the laws of war, posing dangers to civilians long after hostilities have ceased. Expand Reported deaths… (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture and heritage around the world, the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said at the annual event’s opening day on Monday, stressing that it “must be protected”. (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
Expand Relatives light candles after burial of three victims of the same family, who died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 22, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe   The attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, are contemptible acts of violence for which those responsible should be brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Nearly 300 people were killed and more than 500 injured in coordinated suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in three cities. Many of the injured remain in critical condition. “Our… (Full Story)
Monday, April 22, 2019
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Expand Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman speaks during the inaugural Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing Sunday, May 14, 2017. © 2019 Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP (New York) – The Chinese government should ensure the projects it finances or engages in under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) respect human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 25-27, 2019, President Xi Jinping will host heads of state and international organization leaders at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. The BRI, announced in 2013, is China’s… (Full Story)
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