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Ukraine: Migrants Locked Up Near Front Lines

Migrants and asylum seekers locked up in a migrant detention center in Mykolaiv on the edge of the front lines in southern Ukraine are in danger and should be released, Human Rights Watch said today. Ukraine should urgently release the dozens of…

Greece Using Other Migrants to Expel Asylum Seekers

Greek security forces are employing third country nationals, men who appear to be of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin, to push asylum seekers back at the Greece-Turkey land border, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The…

Migrants, Asylum Seekers Locked Up in Ukraine

Scores of migrants who had been arbitrarily detained in Ukraine remain locked up there and are at heightened risk amid the hostilities, including military activity in the vicinity, Human Rights Watch said today. Ukrainian authorities should immediately release migrants and asylum seekers…

Killer Robots: Negotiate New Law to Protect Humanity

Legal Uncertainty, Growing Concerns Show Urgent Need for Regulation Governments should open negotiations to adopt new international law on lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots.” Existing international law is not adequate to address the urgent threats posed…

Europe: Redouble Efforts to End Violence Against Women

Mark Istanbul Convention’s 10th Anniversary with Action Council of Europe member states should reinforce efforts to combat violence against women by swiftly ratifying and carrying out a landmark regional convention on women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights…

Hungary’s Scrapping of NGO Law Insufficient to Protect Civil Society

Despite a chorus of international criticism, the Hungarian government has been in no hurry to act on a June 2020 EU Court decision that states a 2017 law forcing civil society organizations receiving more than 20.000 EUR per year in…

Minimize Civilian Harm in Eastern Ukraine Conflict

Potential Escalation in Hostilities Requires Focus on Civilian Protection International attention to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine had faded in recent years. Recent reports of Russia massing troops near Ukraine’s border have brought it back into focus. Monitors reported…

Greece: Lead Contamination Threat to Migrants Unresolved

People Still Accommodated in Camp’s Contaminated Area Dozens of families are still accommodated in areas of a migrant camp in Lesbos where soil testing showed elevated lead levels two months after the Greek government confirmed that the areas were contaminated,…

Don’t Arm Robots in Policing

Proposed New York City Law a Model for Regulation Elected officials and local authorities across the United States and around the world should consider replicating an innovative legislative proposal that would prohibit police from arming robots used in their law…

Top Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets this week: Killings continue in Myanmar as the military junta declared martial law, meaning protesters or activists can be brought before military courts and have no right to appeal sentences meted out; US calls on…

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