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12.03.2013

Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action

Hungary: Constitution Changes Warrant EU Action

The European Union (EU) should take resolute action in response to the latest constitutional changes adopted in the Hungarian parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. The changes adopted on March 11, 2013, respond directly to a series of critical rulings in 2012 by Hungary’s Constitutional Court, which struck… »

07.03.2013

Uzbekistan: Kerry Should Raise Rights Abuses at Talks

Uzbekistan: Kerry Should Raise Rights Abuses at Talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry should publicly express concern about Uzbekistan’s deteriorating human rights situation during his meeting with the Uzbek foreign minister on March 12, 2013, and press for concrete improvements, Human Rights Watch said today. Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Komilov and other high-level Uzbek officials will… »

01.03.2013

Russia: Free Pussy Riot Members. One Year Behind Bars

Russia: Free Pussy Riot Members. One Year Behind Bars

Russian authorities should immediately and unconditionally free the two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who remain behind bars, Human Rights Watch said today. The two women, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have been in detention since their arrest nearly one year ago, on March 2, 2012. »

21.02.2013

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis

The Netherlands: Halt Plan to Deport Somalis The Dutch government should not deport Somalis to any part of south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu, until security improves substantially, and the UN refugee agency has issued new guidelines, Human Rights Watch said today. In mid-February 2013, Dutch authorities said they planned… »

21.02.2013

Ukraine: EU Should Raise LGBT Rights at Summit

Ukraine: EU Should Raise LGBT Rights at Summit

The European Union should urge the Ukrainian government at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit to end abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch and 23 other groups said today in a letter to EU officials. The letter, signed by 22 Ukrainian nongovernmental… »

14.02.2013

Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada

Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada

The 89-page report “Those Who Take Us Away” documents both ongoing police failures to protect indigenous women and girls in the north from violence and violent behaviour by police officers against women and girls. Police failures and abuses add to longstanding tensions between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and… »

06.02.2013

Human Rights Watch London Film Festival

Human Rights Watch London Film Festival

19 Films Bear Witness, Challenge Viewers to Seek Justice The 17th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13 to 22, 2013. The program this year is organized around four themes: traditional values and human rights –  incorporating women’s rights,… »

31.01.2013

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to the sobering challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2013. The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply… »

27.01.2013

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Vicious attacks on gay rights protesters in Russia in recent days underscores the need for the Russian Duma to reject a draft law on “propaganda for homosexuality,” Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate the violence and new threats and hold accountable those responsible. On January… »

22.01.2013

Italy: Summary Returns to Greece Violate Rights

Italy: Summary Returns to Greece Violate Rights

Italy is summarily returning unaccompanied migrant children and adult asylum seekers to Greece, where they face a dysfunctional asylum system and abusive detention conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report published today. Stowaways on ferries from Greece, including children as young as 13, are sent back… »

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