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Human Rights Observatory
Thursday, September 19, 2019
What is happening in Tajikistan in terms of domestic violence? Reports indicate that at least one out of five, and probably more, women in Tajikistan have been abused by a current or former husband or partner. The number is likely much higher, but the government doesn’t systematically collect the information, and women are reluctant to report abuse. Some studies have claimed that as many as 97 percent of men and 72 percent of women say domestic violence is normal, expected, and should be tolerated in a marriage. September 19, 2019 Report “Violence with Every Step” Weak State Response to Domestic… (Full Story)
Thursday, September 19, 2019
(Warsaw) – Tajikistan’s government takes little action to investigate or prosecute domestic violence cases and is doing far too little to help survivors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Despite progress in some areas, Tajik law does not criminalize domestic violence, and women who experience abuse lack adequate protection and access to shelter and other services. "He Often Beat Me Up" Senior researcher Steve Swerdlow talks about domestic violence in Tajikistan, and how oftentimes no one – from the police, to judges, to their own families – will help… (Full Story)
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Expand Hassan al-Dika  © Private (Beirut) – Lebanese judicial authorities failed to investigate serious torture allegations made by Hassan al-Dika prior to his death in custody, Human Rights Watch said today, on the two-year anniversary of the passage of an anti-torture law. Internal Security Forces (ISF) officers arrested al-Dika, 44, on November 1, 2018 on drug-related charges. Al-Dika alleged that ISF officers subjected him to repeated beatings and electric shocks, suspended him in stress positions, and forced him to confess, including in notes he allegedly smuggled out of prison. Prison… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
September 18, 2019 Director Kathy Kraninger Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Comment Intake-CFPB 1700 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20552   Re: Docket No. CFPB-2019-0022, Debt Collection Practices The 232 undersigned consumer, civil and human rights, labor, community and legal services organizations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia submit the following comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB or Bureau) proposed debt collection rules. The rule as proposed does far more to protect abusive debt collectors than consumers. The proposal opens consumers up to harassment,… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
September 17, 2019   The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Steny Hoyer Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer:   We write to express our concern about plans to schedule a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 1595, the "Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019" (“the banking bill”).[i] We are concerned that if the House approves this bill, it will undermine broader and more inclusive efforts to reform our country’s marijuana laws.   The Congress… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to express our opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the Department of State, given Mr. Billingslea’s well-documented history of advocating for the use of torture and other unlawful interrogation practices. We urge you not to advance Mr. Billingslea’s nomination. The Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights is the… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Expand Members the National Police Action Force, or FAES, an elite commando unit created for anti-gang operations, patrol the Antimano neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd (Washington, D.C.) – A Venezuelan police unit has been carrying out extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrests in poor communities that no longer support the Nicolás Maduro government, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the creation of the unit Special Actions Force of Venezuela (Fuerza de Acciones Especiales, FAES) as a branch of the Bolivarian National Police… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Expand LGBT activists protest the planned revision to Indonesia’s criminal code outside parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 12, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo (Jakarta) – The Indonesian parliament should substantially revise the proposed new criminal code to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The current bill contains articles that will violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as freedom of speech and association. “Indonesia’s draft criminal code is disastrous not only for women and religious… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Expand A notice of electronic surveillance is posted near a 95-by-50-foot American flag unfurled on the side of an apartment complex in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., June 14, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters Today marks 11 years since the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal lawsuit against mass surveillance in the United States on behalf of Carolyn Jewel and other AT&T customers. When it eventually concludes, this case will determine whether people in the US ever get a judgment on the constitutionality of mass surveillance. The case began after a technician revealed that AT&T was… (Full Story)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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