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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Expand Sixteen beds fill a room with barred windows in a closed institution for children with disabilities. © 2018 Human Rights Watch (Berlin) – Children with disabilities in state institutions in Kazakhstan are at risk of physical violence, forced sedation, and neglect, Human Rights Watch said today. Kazakhstan should make it a priority to move children with disabilities out of closed residential institutions and provide support for children with disabilities to live with their families, or in other family settings in the community. All forms of violence in closed institutions and the use… (Full Story)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Expand Abdul Kareem, a Rohingya Muslim, carries his mother, Alima Khatoon, to a refugee camp after crossing from Burma into Bangladesh on Sept. 16, 2017. © 2017 Dar Yasin/AP Twenty-one years ago today, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), creating a permanent international court to hold perpetrators of the world’s gravest crimes to account. The anniversary is a moment to reflect on the successes and challenges of bringing justice to victims over the past year. With armed conflicts raging across the globe and devastating civilian populations, demand… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand Polisario soldiers under the SADR flag in Bir Lahlou, Western Sahara, in 2016. © 2016 Zohra Bensemra/Reuters (Tunis, July 16, 2019) – The government-in-exile that administers the camps in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara is detaining three critics while an investigating judge explores treason and other charges against them, Human Rights Watch said today. The men are being held by forces of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), which is controlled by the Polisario Front, the liberation movement that seeks self-determination for Western Sahara, most of which Morocco has… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand A checkpoint in the Syrian city of Daraa. © 2018 Friedemann Kohler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images   (Beirut) – The Syrian government is punishing entire families of people placed arbitrarily on a list of alleged terrorists by freezing their assets, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should end collective punishment of families, provide evidence of unlawful activity of the people targeted, and allow them to appeal their listing or unfreeze their assets. Human Rights Watch has previously documented that Syrian authorities have used overbroad language in the counterterrorism… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders is expanding its emergency assistance service for representatives of the media and launching a digital help desk to advise and support journalists all over the world on digital security. Detailed information on topics such as encryption, anonymization, account security and a professional approach to dealing with hate speech and fake news is now available at helpdesk.rsf.org. Moreover, users can define the individual threats they are facing using an interactive tool that informs them about possible countermeasures. To avoid attempts to censor this service and to ensure… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand Human Rights Watch staff holds posters reading "Disability Rights are Human Rights" as they march in the Disability Pride Parade in New York City.  © 2019 Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch On Sunday, Human Rights Watch marched in the 5th annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City, alongside thousands of people with disabilities, disabled persons organizations, companies, local politicians, and others. The participants marched for inclusion, awareness, visibility, and a dignified perception of disability, and to encourage New Yorkers to view people with disabilities through a lens… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
It is no coincidence that the lawmakers President Donald Trump attacked over the weekend with his racist tweets had recently been vocal critics of the inhumane conditions asylum seekers face in US custody. These conditions, which Human Rights Watch has documented extensively, violate federal statutes and international human rights law that protect asylum seekers and children. US Representative Tom Malinowski has drafted a House resolution rebuking the president’s racist attacks on sitting members of Congress. It states that the House of Representatives “strongly condemns President Trump’s racist… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) takes note of today’s announcement by the Maltese authorities that three men are to be tried for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder in 2017 but insists that all those who wanted to silence her must be brought to justice.The announcement came 21 months to the day after Caruana Galizia, a journalist who investigated corruption, was killed by a bomb placed under her car outside her home in Malta. (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
NewsBelow are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 8 - July 14:Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summit (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks next to first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Ortega's government and opposition began negotiating Thursday how to carry out the release of hundreds of political prisoners arrested in the past year of unrest, after the government announced Wednesday it would free the prisoners within 90 days in exchange for the lifting of external sanctions.  © 2019 AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga (Washington, DC) – The Trump administration should impose… (Full Story)
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