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Statement on US President Barack Obama’s West Point Speech

Statement on US President Barack Obama’s West Point Speech

🕔10:13, 29.May 2014

On March 28, 2014, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech on US foreign policy at the US Military Academy at West Point. Below is the reaction from Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch: President Obama is endorsing the

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Press shocked by revelations of plan to kill Trinidadian investigative journalist

Press shocked by revelations of plan to kill Trinidadian investigative journalist

🕔09:26, 29.May 2014

IFEX members are condemning death threats received by Trinidadian investigative journalist Mark Bassant in the first week of May. According to the Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM), Bassant works for the CCN Media Group and was recently forced to “seek protective refuge

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#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

🕔03:38, 22.May 2014

The Mexican government is in the process of bringing its communications laws in line with the reality of the digital age. It says that the proposed Ley de Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión, the telecommunications and broadcasting law that President Enrique Peña Nieto

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US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

🕔08:09, 21.May 2014

US military training to Cambodia’s abusive armed forces could easily be misused against the political opposition and labor unions and may violate US law. The US military support was evident in official publicity material and personal pages posted on Facebook during the

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US: Immigrants ‘Afraid to Call 911’

US: Immigrants ‘Afraid to Call 911’

🕔06:41, 17.May 2014

(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. States and cities across the US

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US: Child Workers in Danger on Tobacco Farms

US: Child Workers in Danger on Tobacco Farms

🕔12:03, 15.May 2014

Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While US law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can

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Netflix to Show Human Rights Film

🕔07:09, 11.May 2014

(New York) – The ambitious distribution agreement for the new documentary E-TEAM, profiling four Human Rights Watch researchers, will bring critical human rights issues to a broad new audience, Human Rights Watch said today. The Associated Press reported on May

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The Real Threat to Venezuela’s Democracy

🕔03:05, 2.May 2014

Last week, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro took to the opinion pages of The New York Timesto counter the bad press his government has received for its crackdown on widespread protests over the past two months. He accused the international media of having “distorted

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Witness: How Adult Court Changed Oliver

🕔02:57, 2.May 2014

Christina sat on the couch while her teenage son, Oliver, 18, played with his 1-year-old brother. Christina’s smile faded. Oliver used to really live his life, she said. He used to love being out with his family. Now, he’s afraid

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New rules proposed by U.S. Communications Commission could threaten net neutrality

🕔06:49, 29.Apr 2014

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal for new FCC rules on the issue of network neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally. Unfortunately, early reports

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Mexican telecommunications bill threatens freedom of information

🕔16:28, 25.Apr 2014

On 24 March, the Mexican government introduced a telecommunications bill in the Senate that is intended to supplement existing federal telecoms legislation in force since 1995. It is officially designed to restore the balance of power between the giants in

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Louisiana Taking Away Medicaid Lifeline for Disabled, Other Vulnerable Residents

🕔07:55, 19.Apr 2014

Two years ago, Donna Risso and her friend Michael were living under a bridge in New Orleans. They were struggling not only with homelessness, but also with Donna’s mounting health problems, which included hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, encephalitis,

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US: Hope for Sexual Assault Survivors in DC

🕔04:20, 12.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – A bill making its way through the DC Council would be a significant step toward improving police response to sexual assault in the District of Columbia. The DC Council unanimously approved the bill, which adopts recommendations Human

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US: Florida Arbitrarily Prosecuting Children as Adults

🕔04:12, 12.Apr 2014

(Tallahassee) – Every year, the state of Florida arbitrarily and unfairly prosecutes hundreds of children as adults, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. If convicted, these children suffer the lifelong consequences of an adult felony record for

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Surveillance of human rights organisations must cease

🕔03:25, 11.Apr 2014

PEN International and English PEN are extremely concerned by allegations by Edward Snowden that human rights organisations have been specifically targeted by the British and US spy agencies’ mass surveillance programmes. These allegations came in testimony on 8 April 2014

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French president urged to discuss impunity during Mexico visit

🕔03:23, 11.Apr 2014

Paris, 9 April 2014 President François Hollande Elysée Palace 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris, France Dear President Hollande, Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA),

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Mexican authorities must reinforce mechanism for protecting journalists

🕔15:07, 10.Apr 2014

During four days of meetings in Mexico City that end today (3 April 2014), Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire has urged the Mexican authorities to “move as quickly as possible to reinforce the mechanism for the protection of journalists

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Declassifying CIA torture report is first step toward public accounting of detainee practices

🕔15:03, 10.Apr 2014

The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to declassify part of its report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation is an important first step toward public accounting of torture by the United States, says Human Rights Watch. The committee

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An NSA "reform bill" could allow for broad collection of electronic data

🕔10:01, 8.Apr 2014

Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced HR 4291, the FISA Transparency and Modernization Act (.pdf), to end the collection of all Americans’ calling records using Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Both have vehemently

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Director of often-targeted Mexican paper is shot in the leg

🕔09:56, 8.Apr 2014

ARTICLE 19 condemns the attack suffered by Noroeste director Adrián López Ortiz in the evening of 3 April 2014. The organisation also calls on the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) to investigate, as it was a serious attack

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United States: Ban Landmines, Don’t Just Clear Them

United States: Ban Landmines, Don’t Just Clear Them

🕔02:56, 5.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – The Obama administration should conclude its years-long review of US policy on antipersonnel landmines with a decision to ban the weapon and join the international ban treaty, Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of the International Day

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404 Day: A day of action against censorship in U.S. libraries

🕔17:14, 3.Apr 2014

Join EFF on April 4th for 404 Day, a nation-wide day of action to call attention to the long-standing problem of Internet censorship in public libraries and public schools. In collaboration with the MIT Center for Civic Media and the

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UN: Atrocities fuelled by inaction on Arms Trade Treaty promises

🕔11:55, 1.Apr 2014

Millions of people around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments take rapid steps to bring the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) into force, Amnesty International warned

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U.S. should heed calls to respect privacy at home and abroad

🕔05:46, 1.Apr 2014

The United States should heed calls issued on March 27, 2014, by an important UN human rights body to ensure that its surveillance activities are consistent with the right to privacy, both within and outside its borders, says Human Rights

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Reforms to U.S. government data collection could curb surveillance abuses

🕔05:38, 29.Mar 2014

President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the government’s bulk collection of phone records in the United States could be a significant step forward, but important questions remain unanswered, Human Rights Watch said today. President Obama announced the proposal on March

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Saudi Arabia: Obama, on Visit, Should Raise Rights

🕔19:00, 28.Mar 2014

(Beirut) – President Barack Obama should raise human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabia on March 28-30, 2014. His visit comes as Saudi authorities are clamping down on civil society activists and peaceful dissidents, and have arrested and deported at

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Break-in at home of ARTICLE 19 Mexico's director

🕔05:49, 19.Mar 2014

The home of ARTICLE 19′s Mexico and Central America director, Darío Ramírez, was broken into on Sunday 16 March 2014. Those responsible took computers, work documents, and other items of value. A report on the incident was filed with the

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Reporters Without Borders Mexico correspondent receives threatening calls

🕔05:21, 15.Mar 2014

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns the threats directed at Balbina Flores Martínez, who has been a correspondent for RSF in Mexico for 13 years. Balbina Flores, who shares an office with Zócalo magazine and the National Press Workers Union, received three

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US: Surveillance Practices Violate Rights

🕔05:38, 13.Mar 2014

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee should conclude that US electronic surveillance and intelligence gathering violate fundamental civil and political rights, including the right to privacy. The United States will appear before the committee on March 13 and 14, 2014,

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U.S. CIA accused of hiding the truth about detention and interrogation abuses

🕔05:19, 13.Mar 2014

US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s account of CIA efforts to obstruct congressional oversight underscores the urgency of declassifying a Senate report on the CIA secret detention and interrogation program, Human Rights Watch said today (March 11, 2014). The Justice Department should

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