OPINION: Central African Republic: Detain War Crimes Suspect Now
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OPINION: Central African Republic: Detain War Crimes Suspect Now

(Nairobi) – The Central African Republic government should coordinate with United Nations peacekeepers to ensure that war crimes suspect Hassan Bouba, who was released from detention in defiance of court orders and escorted home by national gendarmes on November 26, 2021, is returned to custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Bouba – a minister and…

OPINION: Central African Republic: Minister Faces Atrocity Charges
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OPINION: Central African Republic: Minister Faces Atrocity Charges

(Nairobi) – The Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic has arrested and brought charges against a government minister for war crimes and crimes against humanity in an important step for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. A detention hearing for the minister, a former armed group leader, Hassan Bouba Ali, known as…

OPINION: South Africa: Broken Promises To Aid Gender-Based Violence Survivors
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OPINION: South Africa: Broken Promises To Aid Gender-Based Violence Survivors

(Johannesburg) – The South African government has taken important steps but did not provide adequate funding for shelters and other services for gender-based violence survivors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many survivors have been made more vulnerable in the context of Covid-19. The South African government has acknowledged high rates of gender-based violence both during and…

OPINION: Documents Claim France Abets Deadly Egyptian Air Strikes
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OPINION: Documents Claim France Abets Deadly Egyptian Air Strikes

A media investigation has alleged that classified documents show that a secret French military intelligence operation may have supported the Egyptian Air Force in targeting civilians under the guise of fighting terrorism. The documents appear to expose how the French government knew about the operation along Egypt’s western border with Libya but failed to investigate.…

OPINION: Bangladesh: Halt Forced Relocation Of Rohingya Refugees
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OPINION: Bangladesh: Halt Forced Relocation Of Rohingya Refugees

(New York) – Bangladesh authorities should halt relocations to Bhasan Char island until freedom of movement and other rights of Rohingya refugees are protected, Human Rights Watch said today. Refugees and humanitarian workers said the authorities have already identified hundreds of families in the mainland camps to be relocated, starting imminently. These relocations would contravene…

OPINION: UAE: Dissidents Labeled ‘Terrorists’
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OPINION: UAE: Dissidents Labeled ‘Terrorists’

(Beirut) – UAE authorities in September 2021 designated four prominent exiled Emirati dissidents as “terrorism” supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. The move is part of a continuing attempt to outlaw activism and free expression under the guise of counterterrorism. The list of “people and organizations supporting terrorism” also included at least one person who…

OPINION: Nepal: 15 Years On, Act On Peace Agreement Pledges
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OPINION: Nepal: 15 Years On, Act On Peace Agreement Pledges

(Geneva) – Nepal has made no progress on justice for crimes under international law in the 15 years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, and TRIAL International said today. The 2006 agreement ended a decade of armed conflict in Nepal. To enable…

OPINION: Intersex Person Victim Of Horrific Attack In Cameroon
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OPINION: Intersex Person Victim Of Horrific Attack In Cameroon

A violent mob sexually assaulted, beat, threatened, and humiliated a 27-year-old intersex person on November 15, in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital. The perpetrators filmed the attack, which lasted for several hours, in two horrific videos which circulated on social media. According to medical reports issued by a health facility in Yaoundé, the victim Sara (not her…

OPINION: Time Running Out For South Korea To End Age Discrimination
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OPINION: Time Running Out For South Korea To End Age Discrimination

The window is rapidly closing for South Korea’s National Assembly to pass a comprehensive antidiscrimination law that citizens and human rights organizations have long endorsed. Anti-discrimination legislation has been submitted 11 times since 2007, and the latest effort will again end in failure if the National Assembly doesn’t approve the proposed law before the end…

OPINION: Myanmar: Investors Should Act To Halt Funds To Junta
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OPINION: Myanmar: Investors Should Act To Halt Funds To Junta

(New York) – Payments by energy and extractive companies to entities under the control of the Myanmar military are providing key funds to sustain the junta and pose serious legal, financial, and reputational risks to investors in those companies. In October, Human Rights Watch wrote to several dozen investment firms that own shares in companies…

OPINION: New Olympic Framework Backs Inclusion
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OPINION: New Olympic Framework Backs Inclusion

(New York) – A new framework published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) promotes inclusion in sport, Human Rights Watch said today. The new policy contrasts with the “sex testing” policies imposed on some athletes in international track and field competitions. “The new IOC framework represents a turning point for the fundamental rights of athletes,…

OPINION: Cambodia: Political Prisoner Releases Just A Start
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OPINION: Cambodia: Political Prisoner Releases Just A Start

(Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Cambodia’s more than 60 political prisoners remaining in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Between November 5 and 12, 2021, the authorities released 26 political prisoners but did not drop the charges against them, making them subject to future arrest and imprisonment. Among those released…

OPINION: Bangladesh: Protests Erupt Over Rape Verdict
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OPINION: Bangladesh: Protests Erupt Over Rape Verdict

(New York) – Women’s rights activists are protesting following the acquittal of all five men accused in an alleged gang-rape of two women in Dhaka in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The judge said that the police had failed to provide credible evidence. The conviction rate for rape in Bangladesh is below 1 percent.…

OPINION: Biden Needs To Do More Than Raise Rights Issues At Xi Summit
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OPINION: Biden Needs To Do More Than Raise Rights Issues At Xi Summit

Tonight, United States President Joseph R. Biden will “meet virtually” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, yet the agenda for their discussion remains unclear.   The Biden administration deserves credit for calling out Chinese government crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs; recently imposed sanctions and a business advisory on Hong Kong; and participation in joint statements at…

OPINION: African Leaders Meet In Niger To Support Girls’ Rights
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OPINION: African Leaders Meet In Niger To Support Girls’ Rights

(Nairobi) – African leaders should prioritize education for pregnant girls and married adolescents at the Third African Girls’ Summit in Niamey, Niger, from November 16-18, 2021. Governments attending the summit should commit to stronger human rights protections for girls’ education. Even though many governments in Africa have protective laws and policies, hundreds of thousands of…

OPINION: Hong Kong: Harsh Sentence For Shouting Slogans
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OPINION: Hong Kong: Harsh Sentence For Shouting Slogans

(New York) – The trial and harsh sentence imposed on a peaceful protester in Hong Kong shows that the authorities are using the National Security Law to curtail free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 11, 2021, a Hong Kong court sentenced Ma Chun-man to five years and nine months in prison for…

OPINION: Afghanistan Facing Famine
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OPINION: Afghanistan Facing Famine

(New York) – Donor countries, the United Nations, and international financial institutions should urgently address Afghanistan’s collapsed economy and broken banking system to prevent widespread famine, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN World Food Program has issued multiple warnings of worsening food insecurity and the risk of large-scale deaths from hunger throughout Afghanistan in…

OPINION: COP26 States Should Agree To Cut Military Emissions
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OPINION: COP26 States Should Agree To Cut Military Emissions

The armies, navies, and air forces of the world are significant greenhouse gas emitters and contribute to the climate crisis taking a growing toll on the lives, health, and livelihoods of people globally. With all eyes on Glasgow this week as world leaders gather for the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26), global pressure is building on…

OPINION: New Hypocrisy In US Immigration Policy
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OPINION: New Hypocrisy In US Immigration Policy

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged the “substantial and unjustifiable human costs” to migrants subjected to former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program in a memo issued last week terminating the program. This is good news. The bad news is, Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration are still pursuing…

OPINION: Thailand: Police Torture Political Activists
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OPINION: Thailand: Police Torture Political Activists

(New York) – The Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged police torture of two pro-democracy activists in Bangkok and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 29, 2021, at about 6 p.m., police arrested Attasith Nussa, 35, and Weeraphap Wongsaman, 18, after violently dispersing a protest outside…

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