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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. © 2015 Reuters (Beirut) – The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch: We the undersigned call on Bahrain to release Nabeel Rajab immediately, to repeal his convictions and sentences, and drop all charges against him. On December 31, 2018, the Court of Cassation in Bahrain may issue its verdict in the appeal of the five-year prison sentence handed to him for peaceful comments posted and retweeted on his Twitter… (Full Story)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
One of the most common birth defects throughout the world is a cleft lip. Babies born with a cleft lip may also have a cleft palate, where the roof of the mouth is split. These birth defects can be repaired surgically. But unless that is done, it can result in significant disabilities and even death. Before Daniel Truglio was born, an ultrasound showed Daniel had a cleft lip and a cleft palate. That's when Dr. Albert Oh at Children's National Medical Center started planning... (Full Story)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Expand British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) stands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the steps of number 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018 in London, England. © 2018 Leon Neal/Getty Images Last week, the British Foreign Office celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day by highlighting the courageous work of human rights defenders around the world. When it comes to Saudi Arabia, however, the UK government’s support for human rights defenders is virtually nonexistent. It has been silent about the credible reports of torture,… (Full Story)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense systems to Turkey, the Pentagon said on Tuesday after notifying Congress of the certification. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department had approved the sale of 80 Patriot guidance-enhanced missiles and 60 other missiles to Ankara along with related equipment, including radar sets, engagement control stations and launching stations. The State Department said... (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
To whom it may concern: In response to the invitation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS), by email of October 28, 2018, to submit further comments on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 being considered by the Committee, the undersigned organizations and companies jointly submit these supplemental comments. We are an international coalition of civil society organizations dedicated to protecting civil liberties, human rights, and innovation online, as well as technology companies and trade associations, all… (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Expand Barkan, located in the occupied West Bank, is an Israeli residential settlement and industrial zone that houses around 120 factories that export around 80 percent of their goods abroad. In the background is the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. © 2004 David Silverman Today the US Congress is weighing draft legislation based on problematic logic that conflates a call for businesses to stop operating in West Bank settlements, which are unlawful under the 1949 Geneva Conventions that prohibit transferring civilians into occupied territory, with a boycott of Israel. Companies should… (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Expand Tanzania Sisi Kwa Sisi Foundation, a non-governmental LGBT youth organization based in Dar Es Salaam. On October 17, 2017, police raided a workshop at a hotel in Dar Es Salaam, where lawyers and activists were meeting to discuss HIV prevention.  ©2013 Human Rights Watch It is not often that the World Bank publicly adopts a critical stance that stands up for human rights in one of its client countries, and does so even before other donors with human rights-focused foreign policies. But in a surprising turn of events, the World Bank has done just that in Tanzania, a country that has in… (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
This submission focuses on the topic of inclusive sexuality education in schools and the protection of education during armed conflict. It relates to articles 13, 24, 28, 38, and 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It proposes issues and question that Committee members may wish to raise with the government.  Related Content Submission by Human Rights Watch to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on South Korea Inclusive Sexuality Education in Schools (articles 13, 24, and 28) The government of South Korea has consistently voted to support measures at the United Nations that call… (Full Story)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Federal and state government efforts to reduce prescription opioids are inadvertently harming chronic pain patients. Many patients are involuntarily cut off medications that improve their lives or say they are unable to find a doctor willing to care for them. In the last decade, hundreds of thousands of Americans died of drug overdoses each year. By some estimates, nearly half of these deaths have involved prescription opioids. To stem this crisis, government authorities have mounted aggressive attempts to reduce the use of these medicines. They have investigated physicians who prescribe them for… (Full Story)
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