LGBTQI+ Special Envoy Stern’s Travel to Fiji

From April 22 – 26, Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Jessica Stern will visit Nadi, Fiji, to speak at the 3rd Pacific Human Rights Conference on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics. Special Envoy Stern will address the unique opportunities and challenges that LGBTQI+ persons in all […]

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Gambia: Bill Threatens Female Genital Mutilation Ban

(Abuja) – A bill before Gambia’s National Assembly to reverse a groundbreaking 2015 ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) jeopardizes the rights of women and girls in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Gambia is among the 10 countries with the highest levels of FGM. In addition to the 2015 ban, which made all acts […]

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Jordan: Syrian Student Faces Imminent Deportation

(Amman) – Jordanian authorities should halt the imminent deportation of a Syrian communications student who faces a significant risk of persecution if forcibly returned to Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The police arrested Atia Mohamad Abu Salem, 24, and a Jordanian friend on April 9, 2024, as they were on their way to film […]

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Myanmar: Rohingyas in firing line as Rakhine conflict intensifies

Rakhine was the site of a brutal crackdown on the Rohingyas by the military in 2017, leading to the killing of some 10,000 men, women and newborns and the exodus of nearly 750,000 community members, many of whom continue to languish in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. “Rakhine state has once again become a battleground […]

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German Chancellor’s Trip to China a Wasted Opportunity

Germany’s economy is very dependent on China, so expectations were low that Chancellor Olaf Scholz would place human rights concerns prominently on the agenda of his April 13-16 trip to China. But his apparent unwillingness to publicly say the words “human rights” was deeply disappointing. The Chinese government’s long-egregious human rights record has become dramatically […]

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UN Plastics Treaty Should Mandate Protection of Human Rights and Health

Next week in Ottawa, countries will reconvene to continue negotiations on an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. A revised draft of the treaty published by the United Nations Environment Programme on December 28, 2023, contains certain positive measures to reduce plastic production. However, it lacks the necessary provisions to protect human rights and […]

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Armenia Strengthens Domestic Violence Law

Armenia’s parliament adopted amendments strengthening the country’s domestic violence law. The legislation was adopted last week as postwar Armenia both struggles to secure its border with neighboring Azerbaijan and deepen its relations with the European Union. Armenia’s 2017 domestic violence law was an important first step, but its accountability provisions were inadequate and protective measures […]

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Landmark Court Ruling Upholds Right to Healthy Environment

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found the Peruvian government responsible for violating the right to a healthy environment, among other rights, of residents of La Oroya, a town exposed to toxic pollution from a mine and smelter complex, the first ruling of its kind before the Court. The town is so polluted […]

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Civilians at Risk as Large-Scale Fighting Looms in Darfur

After a months-long, uneasy détente between Sudan’s two warring parties, hundreds of thousands of civilians sheltering in the city of El Fasher in Darfur are in the crosshairs.    In the past few days, several villages near El Fasher appear to have been burned to the ground. People in one camp for internally displaced people […]

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A new Humanitarian Air Bridge brings vital supplies to Haiti

As the recent spike in gang violence is making even more critical the humanitarian situation in Haiti, the European Union launched a new Humanitarian Air Bridge to provide essential supplies to the country’s population. A total of 5 flights have arrived to Cap Haïtien, in the north of the country, as the international airport of […]

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