(New York) – One hundred days into his presidency, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s failure to decisively address ongoing human rights abuses jeopardizes his stated commitment to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.
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An exiled opposition activist from Turkmenistan was allowed into a human rights conference in Poland on Wednesday after initially being barred because of objections from his country — partly defusing an incident that drew criticism from the U.S., the…Continue Reading

By Friederike Behr, Russian Federation researcher for Amnesty International
This week it is four years since the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist who since 1999 had written continuously about human rights abuses in Chechnya for the Russia…Continue Reading

This 97-page report describes how workers become trapped in exploitative or abusive employment then face criminal penalties for leaving a job without the employer’s permission. Government authorities arrest workers reported as “absconding” and in…Continue Reading

(Kuwait City) – Domestic workers in Kuwait who try to escape abusive employers face criminal charges for "absconding" and are unable to change jobs without their employer’s permission, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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Most international awards are eagerly coveted by the Chinese government, but there are exceptions. One of the names being mentioned for the Nobel Peace Prize this year is Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese writer and political essayist currently serving an 11-year …Continue Reading

Two exiled opposition activists from Turkmenistan have been barred from a human rights conference in Warsaw, apparently because their country objected to their presence, prompting criticism Tuesday from the United States, the European Union and Canada.Continue Reading

East Timor on Tuesday got a favourable write-up in a United Nations human rights report that pointed to progress four years after unrest that killed nearly 40 people, despite some continued problems.Continue Reading

(Washington, DC) – UNESCO should use this month’s executive board meeting to cancel its prize named after and funded by Teodoro Obiang, the president of Equatorial Guinea, said Human Rights Watch and partner groups today.
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By Friederike Behr, Russian Federation researcher for Amnesty International
I attended several of the appeal hearings at Moscow City Court, which on Monday upheld the July verdict of the Taganskii District Court that two art exhibition organizers were…Continue Reading

Late last week the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah sent a cruel message to the civilian victims of laws-of-war violations during the Gaza conflict: we won’t demand justice for your suffering.
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