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  • Palestinians Arrested and Abused for Peaceful Criticism

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    The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza are arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the authorities. The crackdown directly violates obligations that Palestine recently assumed in ratifying international treaties protecting free speech.

    Human Rights Watch documented five cases – two in the West Bank and three in Gaza – in which security forces arrested or questioned journalists, a political activist, and two rap musicians based on their peaceful criticism of the authorities. Four of those arrested, two in Gaza and two in the West Bank, say that security forces physically abused or tortured them. The authorities in Gaza denied the allegations, and in the West Bank the authorities said they could not investigate the allegations in the absence of a formal complaint. These crackdowns follow a pattern of violations of the right to free speech and due process that Human Rights Watch has documented in the past five years, most recently in May 2015. In the West Bank, some progress has been made in protecting the rights of those arrested. Show less
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    • Libyan Forces Abuse Migrants at Sea - Duration: 64 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 752 views
      European Union efforts to stem migration from Libya risk condemning migrants and asylum seekers to violent abuse at the hands of government officials, militias, and criminal groups in Libya. Newly ...
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    • Desperate Journey: Europe's Refugee Crisis - Duration: 6 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 96,674 views
      (November 17, 2015) More than 800,000 asylum seekers and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, with most traveling onward to northern and western EU countries. According to UNHCR, the Uni...
    • Syrian Refugee Kids Out of School in Turkey - Duration: 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 9,608 views
      More than 400,000 Syrian refugee children living in Turkey are not attending school. While the Turkish government has been generous in its response toward the Syrian refugee crisis, Turkey has stru...
    • Little Recourse for Domestic Violence in Kyrgyzstan - Duration: 4 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 3,203 views
      Women suffering domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan lack adequate protection and access to justice due to insufficient police and judicial response. The government is doing too little to provide shelte...
    • Hungary: Inside Röszke Detention Centers - Duration: 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 10,131 views
      September 11, 2015 - Migrants and asylum seekers are being held in abysmal conditions in the two Röszke migrant detention centers on the Serbian border, Human Rights Watch said today after obtaini...
    • Media Freedom Under Attack in the Western Balkans - Duration: 3 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,831 views
      Prosecute Crimes Against Journalists, Ensure Media Independence

      (Brussels, July 15, 2015) – Journalists in the Western Balkans work in a hostile environment that directly affects their ability to ...
    • Armenia: Cancer Patients Suffer Without Morphine - Duration: 4 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,593 views
      Thousands of patients with advanced cancer in Armenia suffer from avoidable, severe pain every year because they cannot get adequate pain medications. While effective, safe, and inexpensive pain me...
    • Russia's Invisible War: Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan - Duration: 5 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 8,717 views
      (Moscow, June 18, 2015) – The government’s response to a decade-long insurgency in Dagestan, a southern Russian republic, has been marked by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said...
    • Greece: Police Abusing Marginalized People - Duration: 4 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 10,195 views
      Police in Athens frequently harass and abuse homeless people, people who use drugs, and sex workers. Police stops and arbitrary detention of people who live or spend considerable amounts of time on...
    • Uzbekistan: Decade of Impunity for Massacre - Duration: 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 14,156 views
      On May 13, 2005, government forces opened fire on thousands of mostly peaceful protesters in the central square in the town of Andijan, a city in the Fergana Valley in eastern Uzbekistan. The prote...
    • Kenneth Roth: EU Can Prevent Migrant Deaths at Sea - Duration: 3 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,612 views
      The European Union (EU) should act immediately to prevent further deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said. As many as 700 migrants and asylum seekers are feared dead in a single shipwreck in the Med...
    • Azerbaijan Locks Up Critics Ahead of European Games - Duration: 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 8,439 views
      (Berlin) – Azerbaijan’s international partners should insist on the release of wrongfully detained and imprisoned critics as the country prepares to host the first European Games, Human Rights Watc...
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    • Serbia: Children With Disabilities Neglected - Duration: 4 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 4,034 views
      Hundreds of Serbian children with disabilities face neglect and isolation in institutions that may lead to stunted intellectual, emotional, and physical development. The Serbian government has made...
    • Srbija: Deca sa invaliditetom zanemarena - Duration: 4 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 480 views
      Stotine dece sa invaliditetom u Srbiji suočavaju se sa zanemarivanjem i izolacijom u ustanovama, što može dovesti do usporenog intelektualnog, emotivnog i fizičkog razvoja. Vlada Republike Srbije u...
    • Canada's Water Crisis: Indigenous Families at Risk - Duration: 4 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 2,307 views
      Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. The water on which many of Canada’s First Nations...
    • Bangladesh: 20 Million Drink Arsenic-Laced Water - Duration: 112 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 1,905 views
      Approximately 20 years after initially coming to international attention, an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh – mostly rural poor – still drink water contaminated over the national standard.
    • US: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in Louisiana Jails - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 2,590 views
      Louisiana fails to provide basic HIV services to thousands of inmates in parish jails, endangering the health of individuals and the communities to which they return. Only a handful of the state’s ...
    • Indonesia: End Shackling of People With Disabilities - Duration: 6 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 164,054 views
      People with psychosocial disabilities (mental health conditions) in Indonesia are shackled or forced into institutions where they often face physical and sexual violence, involuntary treatment incl...
    • Morocco: Thousands Face Needless Suffering at End of Life - Duration: 92 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 3,167 views
      Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses in Morocco needlessly suffer from debilitating pain and other symptoms.

      Human Rights Watch estimates that each year, more than 62,000 Moroccan...
    • Teens of the Tobacco Fields - Duration: 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 8,144 views
      (Washington, DC, December 9, 2015) – The United States government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said today...
    • Kenya: Climate Change Threatens Rights - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 10 months ago
      • 7,688 views
      Climate change and regional development projects are threatening the health and livelihood of indigenous peoples in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya.
    • Armenia: Cancer Patients Suffer Without Morphine - Duration: 4 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,593 views
      Thousands of patients with advanced cancer in Armenia suffer from avoidable, severe pain every year because they cannot get adequate pain medications. While effective, safe, and inexpensive pain me...
    • Thailand: Toxic Water, Tainted Justice - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 8,064 views
      (Bangkok, December 15, 2014) The Thai government has failed to clean up toxic lead in a stream in western Thailand, threatening hundreds of families with serious and irreversible health problems. T...
    • Needless Suffering in Mexico - Duration: 5 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 5,502 views
      (Mexico Cite, October 24, 2014) Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses in Mexico suffer unnecessarily from severe pain and other symptoms because they cannot access adequate end-of-l...
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    • Press Conference: Raped in Military - Then Punished (May 19, 2016) - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      • 439 views
      Thousands of United States service members, who lost their military careers after reporting a sexual assault, live with stigmatizing discharge papers that prevent them from getting jobs and benefit...
    • US: Raped in Military - Then Punished - Duration: 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 17,205 views
      Thousands of United States service members, who lost their military careers after reporting a sexual assault, live with stigmatizing discharge papers that prevent them from getting jobs and benefit...
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    • US: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in Louisiana Jails - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 2,590 views
      Louisiana fails to provide basic HIV services to thousands of inmates in parish jails, endangering the health of individuals and the communities to which they return. Only a handful of the state’s ...
    • Teens of the Tobacco Fields - Duration: 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 8,144 views
      (Washington, DC, December 9, 2015) – The United States government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said today...
    • US: Still Time to Investigate Bush Era Torture - Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second.

      • 8 months ago
      • 5,302 views
      Obama administration claims that legal obstacles prevent criminal investigations into torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are unpersuasive, and risk leaving a legacy of torture as a po...
    • US: Drug Deportations Tearing Families Apart - Duration: 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,680 views
      From 2007 to 2012, over a quarter of a million non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents, were deported from the United States after a drug conviction. Many of these deportations involved ...
    • US: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Suffer Retaliation - Duration: 4 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 5,281 views
      (Washington, DC - May 18, 2015) – US military service members who report sexual assault frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished, Human Rights Watch said. https://www.hrw.org/news/201...
    • US: Mentally Ill Prisoners Face Abuse - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 80,893 views
      Jail and prison staff throughout the United States have used unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities. Correctional staff have deluged prisoners w...
    • Kenneth Roth on the Senate CIA Torture Report - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 16,332 views
      (December 9, 2014) “The Senate report summary should forever put to rest CIA denials that it engaged in torture, which is criminal and can never be justified,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director...
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    • TORN APART: Mike Wilson - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,700 views
      TORN APART: Families and US Immigration Reform

      Mike Wilson, a volunteer with the Tucson, Arizona-based Humane Borders, places containers of water in the desert in the hope of preventing more migra...
    • TORN APART: Robin Reineke - Duration: 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 4,123 views
      TORN APART: Families and US Immigration Reform

      Robin Reineke, director of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, holds the personal effects of unidentified border crossers. Such personal effects are...
    • TORN APART: Angie and Peter Kim - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,605 views
      TORN APART: Families and US Immigration Reform

      Angie and Peter Kim came to the United States from South Korea with their parents when they were 9 and 7 years old respectively. According to them, t...
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