16 May 2014
  • Health Workers, Patients Under Attack
    Fri, 16 May 2014 04:50:00 +0000
    (Geneva) – Hundreds of attacks on health workers have occurred in dozens of countries around the world since 2012, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report released today. The report, released in advance of a meeting on May 19 to 24, 2014, of health ministers from around the world, called on governments to do more to protect patients, health workers and facilities from attack in countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest.

    (Geneva) – Hundreds of attacks on health workers have occurred in dozens of countries around the world since 2012, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report released today.

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  • African Voices Celebrate LGBT Equality
    Fri, 16 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000

    Africans who in recent years have stood up for human rights and spoken out against homophobia deserve greater recognition, Human Rights Watch said today. 

    (Nairobi) – Africans who in recent years have stood up for human rights and spoken out against homophobia deserve greater recognition, Human Rights Watch said today.

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  • Russia: “Foreign Agents” Law Hits Hundreds of NGOs: Updated May 15, 2014
    Thu, 15 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to register as such. This list tracks the legal consequences of the law on dozens of NGOs.

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide 

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  • Russia: Rights Group Labeled ‘Foreign Agent’
    Thu, 15 May 2014 15:33:46 +0000
    A court in southern Russia has ruled that a leading local human rights group must register as a “foreign agent” organization. Women of the Don, a group that works on peacebuilding and human rights education, is the third independent group ordered to register as the result of a civil suit brought by prosecutors.

    (Moscow) – A court in southern Russia has ruled that a leading local human rights group must register as a “foreign agent” organization, Human Rights Watch said today.

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  • Syria: Groups Call for ICC Referral
    Thu, 15 May 2014 06:45:00 +0000
    Over one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued the following statement today to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

    (New York) – Over one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued the following statement today to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:

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  • Egypt: Free Illegally Jailed Journalist
    Thu, 15 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000
    Egyptian authorities should immediately release an Al Jazeera cameraman who has been held without charge since August 14, 2013. The correspondent, Abdullah al-Shami, has been on a hunger strike for more than a month-and-a-half.

    ***The below news release was updated to reflect that Abdullah al-Shami is in the high-security section of Tora prison, and that his position is correspondent.

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  • Saudi Arabia: 2 Years Behind Bars on Apostasy Accusation
    Thu, 15 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000
    Saudi authorities should immediately release two citizens held without charge for two years because of their religious beliefs. Officials arrested Sultan al-`Anzi, 33, and Sa`ud al-`Anzi, 35, on May 14, 2012, and have not responded to multiple requests from Human Rights Watch and an organization for the Ahmadiyya Muslim religious group for information on their whereabouts and condition.

    (Beirut) – Saudi authorities should immediately release two citizens held without charge for two years because of their religious beliefs, Human Rights Watch said today.

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  • Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll
    Thu, 15 May 2014 03:57:00 +0000
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on December 20, 2013, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

    (Nairobi, May 15, 2014) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the read more

  • US: Immigrants ‘Afraid to Call 911’
    Thu, 15 May 2014 03:55:00 +0000
    The use of state and local authorities to enforce United States immigration laws undermines public safety by raising fear of the police among immigrant communities, Human Rights Watch said in a short film released today. States and cities across the US should separate community police work from federal immigration enforcement.

    (Washington, DC) – The use of state and local authorities to enforce United States immigration laws undermines public safety by raising fear of the police among immigrant communities, Human Rights Watch said in a short film released today.

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  • Zimbabwe: 20,000 Relocated to Ruling Party Farm
    Thu, 15 May 2014 03:53:59 +0000
    The Zimbabwe government is threatening to deny food aid to about 20,000 displaced people, apparently to force them into sugar cane farming at a ruling party ethanol project.

    (Johannesburg)– The Zimbabwe government is threatening to deny food aid to about 20,000 displaced people, apparently to force them into sugar cane farming at a ruling party ethanol project.

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