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    Egypt: Respect Right to Peaceful Protest

    Expand A still photo of a video circulated on social media on September 20 showing masses of anti-government protesters in the city of Damietta, North of Cairo, tearing down a big Sisi banner.  © Twitter   (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities should protect the right to peaceful protest in upholding Egypt’s obligations under international human rights […] More

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    For This Climate Strike Poster Artist, Art Is a Survival Tool

    For This Climate Strike Poster Artist, Art Is a Survival Tool Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo says her art and activism are inextricably linked. Activist and artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo stands in her Oakland studio. Image Courtesy of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist and activist in Oakland, CA. Through printmaking, painting, and sculpture, she illustrates the complexity […] More

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    No Justice 3 Years After DR Congo Massacre

    Expand Mourners carry coffins of protesters killed in the September 19 and 20 demonstrations during a ceremony organized by the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 1, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters Three years ago, Congolese security forces shot dead at least 66 protesters, rocking Kinshasa, the capital […] More

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    DR Congo: Warlord Sought by ICC Killed

    (Goma) – The death in the Democratic Republic of Congo of a rebel leader wanted by the International Criminal Court highlights the need to bring justice for his forces’ many victims. The Congolese army announced on September 18, 2019 that its forces killed Sylvestre Mudacumura, commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda […] More

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    Kenya: Abusive Evictions in Mau Forest

    Expand This June 2019 photo shows Gorofa village, Nkoben area, one of the current settlements for those evicted from Mau forest in July 2018. HRW/Namwaya (Nairobi) – Authorities in Kenya have not investigated abuses by security officials during the forced evictions of thousands of people from Mau Forest in July 2018 and now are planning […] More

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    Britain Should Practice What It Preaches

    Expand The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017. © 2017 Reuters In light of the United Kingdom government’s decision to suspend parliament, apparently to avoid scrutiny just weeks before it risks crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka suggested […] More

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    Address, Don’t Dismiss, Kashmir Grievances

    Expand Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a public meeting in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, May 26, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Ajit Solanki When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the United States next week,  he will address a large gathering of Indian Americans in Houston, and be joined by President Donald Trump. He will […] More

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    US: Block Law Endangering Sex Workers

    (Washington, DC, September 19, 2019) – Human Rights Watch and four other plaintiffs will present arguments on September 20 against the dismissal of their challenge to a 2017 United States law that imposes criminal liability for online speech about sex work. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 31 of the E. […] More

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    Tanzania: Protect Burundians Facing Abuse

    Expand A Tanzanian policeman watches over as Burundian refugees gather on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga village in Kigoma region in western Tanzania, where they wait for transport to Kigoma township, May 17, 2015. © 2015 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters (Nairobi) – Tanzania should protect Burundian refugees fleeing widespread abuses instead of requiring them to […] More

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    US: Proposed Debt Collection Rule Fails Consumers

    Expand © 2016 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) – The Trump administration’s proposed rule on debt collection companies in the United States would severely undermine protections for consumers, Human Rights Watch said today. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule would give wide leeway to abusive debt collectors and collection attorneys by allowing […] More

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    UN Shares Details of Burundian Activist’s Murder

    New information received by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi supports what many have long suspected: Marie-Claudette Kwizera, the treasurer of the Burundian group Ligue Iteka, was targeted because of her human rights work and murdered. Expand Marie-Claudette Kwizera. © Private Almost four years ago, Marie-Claudette, who was passionate about human rights and […] More

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    Tajikistan: Barriers to Aid for Domestic Violence Victims

    (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 […] More

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