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Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch began in 1978 with the founding of its Europe and Central Asia division (then known as Helsinki Watch). Today, it also includes divisions covering Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, it includes three thematic divisions on arms, children’s rights, and women’s rights. It maintains offices in Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington.

Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly. It conducts regular, systematic investigations of human rights abuses in some seventy countries around the world. It is an essential source of information for those concerned with human rights.

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Middle East: Sri Lankan Domestic Workers Face Abuse

Sri Lankan domestic workers face serious abuses, including violence, harassment and exploitation when they migrate to work in the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch said the governments of Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should do more to protect women from labor exploitation and violence when they migrate to the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Read the report : Exported (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 November 2007

Estados Unidos envió a detenidos de Guantánamo de regreso a la tortura en Rusia

Los ex detenidos de Guantánamo que fueron enviados de regreso a su Rusia natal en 2004 sufrieron tortura y otros malos tratos, a pesar del compromiso de Moscú ante el gobierno de Estados Unidos de tratarles de manera humana, señaló Human Rights Watch en un informe publicado el 29 de marzo del 2007. La experiencia de los prisioneros rusos ilustra las razones por las que Estados Unidos debe dejar de confiar en las « garantías diplomáticas » de un trato justo para justificar el envío de prisioneros (...) leer

Fecha de publicación : 6 de abril de 2007

Hidden apartheid : caste discrimination against India’s « Untouchables »

> Shadow Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), February 2007, 118 p. (pdf)

Discriminatory and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of over 165 million people in India has been justified on the basis of caste. Caste is descent-based and hereditary in nature. It is a characteristic determined by one’s birth into a particular caste, irrespective of the faith practiced by the individual. Caste denotes a traditional system of rigid social stratification into ranked groups defined by descent and occupation. Caste divisions in India dominate in housing, marriage, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 March 2007

Anatomy of a backlash : sexuality and the cultural war on human rights

> January 2005, 17 p. (pdf)

This paper highlights how the denial and violation of sexual rights and sexual freedom impacts on public health (particularly with regards to HIV/AIDS). The paper describes the nature of these attacks, stemming from a wide range of countries and existing under a number of banners (in defence of « culture », « values », or « religion ») and describes the efforts of groups to erase sexual rights from the international rights agenda. The author warns that an attack on sexual rights creeps into the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 7 March 2007

World Report 2007

> 2007, 568 p.

Human Rights Watch launched its World Report 2007 on Guantanamo Anniversary (January 11, 2007). With US credibility undermined by the Bush administration’s use of torture and detention without trial, the European Union must fill the leadership void on human rights said Human Rights Watch in releasing its World Report 2007. This report is Human Rights Watch’s seventeenth annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 70 countries (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 February 2007

Exploitation of migrant construction workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

> Human Rights Watch, november 2006, volume 18, n° 8

Building towers, cheating workers Dubai, with its glittering new skyline of high-rise buildings and its profusion of luxury resorts and real estate, is the most globally emblematic evidence of the economic rise of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As the UAE undergoes one of the largest construction booms in the world, at least half a million migrant construction workers are employed there. Behind the glitter and luxury, the experiences of these migrant workers present a much less attractive (...) read

date of on-line publication : 1 December 2006

Sudan: No Justice for Darfur Victims

Special Courts Failing to Prosecute War Crimes (...)

The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it had opened an investigation into the events in Darfur. The next day Sudan’s chief justice announced the establishment of the Special Criminal Courts on the Events in Darfur (SCCED), telling the Sudanese media that the court was “considered a substitute to the international criminal court.” “The cases before the court so far involve ordinary crimes like theft and receiving stolen goods, which don’t begin to reflect the massive scale of destruction in Darfur,” said Sara Darehshori, senior counsel to the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch and author of the briefing paper. “The Sudanese government must do more than pay lip service to the idea of justice.”  read

date of on-line publication : 22 June 2006

Religion and the Human Rights Movement

> HRW, Jan 2005, 17pp (...)

Is there a schism between the human rights movement and religious communities? The list of contentious issues is growing: on issues such as reproductive rights, gay marriage, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and blasphemy laws, human rights activists and religious groups often find themselves on opposing sides.
The essay warns: "on the one hand, rights activists should more aggressively stand up for religious freedom and the rights of believers in secular and religious societies alike; on the other, (...) human rights groups should oppose efforts in the name of religion to impose a moral view on others when there is no harm to third parties and the only “offence” is in the mind of the person who feels that the other is acting immorally."  read

date of on-line publication : 13 January 2006

False Freedom: Online Censorship in the Middle East and North Africa

> November 2005, Human Rights Watch (...)

This 144-page report documents online censorship and cases in which Internet users have been detained for their online activities in countries across the region, including Tunisia, Iran, Syria and Egypt. These attempts to control the flow of information online contradict governments’ national and international legal commitments to freedom of opinion and expression and the summit’s own Declaration of Principles. The report is based on an examination of thousands of Web sites from Middle Eastern countries and interviews with dozens of writers, bloggers, computer experts and human rights activists.  read

date of on-line publication : 21 November 2005

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