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08 Aug 2018 description

By Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch

ROME, Aug 8 2018 (IPS) - “Military service was the only prospect on my horizon — I didn’t want that,” a 20-year-old Eritrean who fled the country last year told me. “My dad had spent his whole life in military service.”

26 Jan 2018 description
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Eritrea remains a one-man dictatorship under President Isaias Afewerki, now in his 26th year in power. It has no legislature, no independent civil society organizations or media outlets, and no independent judiciary. The government restricts religious freedoms, banning all but four groups.

26 Jul 2017 description
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(Paris) — La police française à Calais commet régulièrement des abus envers les demandeurs d’asile et autres migrants, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui. Les autorités françaises restent sourdes aux multiples comptes-rendus sur ces abus. 

26 Jul 2017 description
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France: Police Attacking Migrants in Calais

Government Ignores Widespread Reports of Ill-Treatment

(Paris) – French police in Calais routinely abuse asylum seekers and other migrants, Human Rights Watch said today. The French authorities turn a blind eye to the widespread reports of the abuse.

12 Jan 2017 description
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Prioritize Accountability, Redress for Victims

(Nairobi) – Clampdowns by governments in East Africa on peaceful protests and free expression severely threatened human rights in the region in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

14 Sep 2016 description
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Les pays participant aux deux sommets sur les réfugiés devraient s’engager à renforcer leurs offres de réinstallation et d’aide

13 Sep 2016 description
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At Global Refugee Summits, Commit to Resettlement and Aid

(New York, September 13, 2016) – The massive refugee crisis demands an unprecedented global response, Human Rights Watch said today. At two summits on September 19 and 20, 2016, at the United Nations, world leaders should take bold steps to share responsibility for millions of people displaced by violence, repression, and persecution.

09 Jun 2016 description
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Sweden: Migrant Children Face Barriers

Delays, Difficulties for Care, Asylum Claims

31 May 2016 description
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(Nairobi, May 30, 2016) – The Sudanese authorities deported at least 442 Eritreans, including six registered refugees, to Eritrea in May 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Sudan denied the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to identify those who wanted to claim asylum and also denied the agency access to 64 Ethiopians still in detention who risk deportation.

10 Nov 2015 description
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Border Control Goals at Summit Shouldn’t Undermine Access to Protection

(Brussels) – Leaders of European and African countries should ensure that intensified migration cooperation does not come at the expense of respect for human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Over 60 heads of state from the two regions will gather on November 11, 2015, in Valletta, Malta, for a two-day summit the European Union sought with African nations, to discuss the refugee and migration crisis.

20 Jan 2015 description
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(Paris) – Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harassment and abuse at the hands of French police, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuses described to Human Rights Watch include beatings and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walked in the street or hid in trucks in the hope of traveling to the United Kingdom.

12 Feb 2014 description
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Egypt Should Use Sinai Security Operations to Suppress Trafficking

(Berlin) - Traffickers have kidnapped, tortured, and killed refugees, most from Eritrea, in eastern Sudan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to dozens of interviewees said Human Rights Watch. Egypt and Sudan have failed to adequately identify and prosecute the traffickers and any security officials who may have colluded with them, breaching both countries’ obligation to prevent torture.

25 Jun 2013 description
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Protecting Activists, Independent Groups Also Key to Rights Gains

(Johannesburg, June 25, 2013) – United States president Barack Obama should use his visit to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, beginning June 26, 2013, to support besieged media outlets and independent groups across the African continent, Human Rights Watch said today.

28 Oct 2012 description
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Eritreans Pushed Back to Egypt, Despite Risk of Abuse

18 Jul 2012 description
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Government Should Stop Detaining Unaccompanied Children, End Blanket Detention

(Valetta, July 18, 2012) – Malta’s policy of mandatory detention for migrants arriving by sea results in prolonged detention of unaccompanied children and other abuses of migrants’ rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Maltese government should end the blanket detention policy and ensure that children are not detained pending age determination, Human Rights Watch said.

25 Oct 2011 description
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(Geneva) – The Sudanese authorities are increasingly deporting Eritreans to their country without allowing them to claim asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 17, 2011, Sudan handed over 300 Eritreans to the Eritrean military without screening them for refugee status, drawing public condemnation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The mass deportation follows dozens of other unlawful deportations by Sudan since May of Eritrean asylum seekers and of Eritreans who had been denied access to asylum.

16 Sep 2010 description
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Italy Should Halt Joint Patrols After Libyans Fire on Italian Fishing Vessel

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

(Milan) - The Libyan government should immediately end what appears to be a policy that allows shooting at boats carrying migrants from Libya to Italy, and Italy should stop participating in joint patrols with Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.