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VÍDEO: Gays são agredidos na Rússia; polícia ignora

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:29 PM

A lei de "propaganda" discriminatória incentiva os ataques

Moscou - As autoridades russas têm falhado em sua obrigação de evitar e processar a violência homofóbica. Cada vez mais pessoas lésbicas, gays, bissexuais e transgêneros (LGBT) têm sido atacadas em toda a Rússia antes e depois da aprovação da lei federal...

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Video: Beaten for Being Gay in Russia

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Discriminatory "Propaganda" Law Fuels Attacks

(Moscow) – Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence. Growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the federal anti-LGBT...

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Video: Women Institutionalized Against Their Will in India; Subjected to Forced Electroshock

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, risk physical and sexual violence, and experience involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy. As one woman put it, they are “treated worse than animals.”

Women forcibly admitted to government institutions and...

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Watch: Survivors Describe Mosque Massacre in Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Militias, Local Police Killed 34 at Friday prayer

(Erbil) – Victims of a massacre in a mosque in Diyala province by Iraqi pro-government militias and security forces recognized the attackers and knew them by name. The Iraqi government should promptly make public any investigation of the attack on the...

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Video: Child Brides in Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:23 PM

(Nairobi) – Child marriage in Tanzania limits girls’ access to education and exposes them to serious harms. Human Rights Watch documented cases in which girls as young as seven were married. The government should set 18 as the minimum marriage age for girls and boys as a first...

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Watch: Nigerian Victims of Boko Haram Abductions Tell Their Stories

(18) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:21 AM

(London) – Women and girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram are forced to marry, convert, and endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape in captivity. The group has abducted more than 500 women and girls since 2009, and intensified abductions since May 2013, when Nigeria...

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Video: Trapped, Exploited, and Abused in the UAE

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 9:53 AM

(Manila) – Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UAE government, about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organization (ILO), has failed to...

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Watch: Widespread Use of Cluster Bombs in Ukraine

(14) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:31 AM

(Berlin) – Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.
During a week-long investigation...

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Police Abused People in Custody in Every Region of Vietnam

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Pervasive Deaths, Injuries in Police Custody

Bangkok – Police throughout Vietnam abuse people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should take immediate action to end suspicious deaths in custody and torture of detainees...

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Video: Caste Forced to Clean Human Waste in India, in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:46 AM

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should implement existing legislation aimed...

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Watch: One Year On, No Justice for Chemical Attacks Victims in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:51 PM

(New York) – Justice remains elusive for the victims of the chemical weapons attacks on Ghouta, near Damascus, which killed hundreds of people, Human Rights Watch said today, on the anniversary of the August 21, 2013, attacks.

The attacks were the most significant use of chemical agents since the Iraqi...

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Watch: Egypt Killings in Rab'a Likely Crimes Against Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:28 AM

(Cairo) – The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a year-long investigation. In the August 14 dispersal of the Rab’a...

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'Torture' No Longer a Four-Letter Word?

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:46 PM

By Laura Pitter

Is some sense of sanity finally slipping into the torture debate in the U.S.? Yesterday, after years of criticism for failing to call it by its name, the New York Times finally decided it would use the word “torture” to describe when U.S. interrogators use pain...

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Gaza's Schools on the Battlefield

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:35 PM

On July 30 a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came under attack.  At least 15 people died and scores more were wounded, including women and children who were sheltering there. It was the second UN school hit...

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Watch: FBI Targets American Muslims in Abusive Counterterrorism "Sting Operations"

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:36 AM

(Washington, DC) –The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity. Many of the more than 500 terrorism-related cases prosecuted in US federal courts since September 11, 2001, have alienated the very...

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 2,053 Civilians in Six Months

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:21 PM

(Abuja) – The Islamist insurgency Boko Haram in Nigeria killed at least 2,053 civilians in an estimated 95 attacks during the first half of 2014. The figures are based on detailed analyses of media reports as well as field investigations. The killings and other abuses were part of widespread...

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Iraq: Campaign of Mass Murders of Sunni Prisoners

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 7:35 PM

(Baghdad) – Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners in six Iraqi cities and villages since June 9, 2014. In all but one case, the executions took place while the fighters were fleeing Islamic State of Iraq...

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Watch: Rampant Killings of Shia by Extremists in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:57 PM

(London) – Pakistan’s government should take all necessary measures to stop Sunni extremist groups in Balochistan province from committing further killings and other abuses against Hazara and other Shia Muslims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 62-page report, “‘We are the Walking Dead’:...

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Video: Kenya Battery Recycling Factory Poisons Community

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:39 PM

(Nairobi) – Thousands of people in a poor urban district outside Mombasa face serious health consequences from toxic lead from a battery recycling plant, Human Rights Watch said today. The crisis is the result of the Kenyan government’s failure to adequately regulate the lead smelter in the Owino Uhuru...

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Watch: Syria Armed Groups Send Children into Battle

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Non-state armed groups in Syria have used children as young as 15 to fight in battles, sometimes recruiting them under the guise of offering education. The groups have used children as young as 14 in support roles. Extremist Islamist groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)...

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