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18 Oct 2017 description
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Leading Rights Groups Call for Action to Match Human Rights Role to Reality

(Geneva, October 17, 2017) – The International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch are urging Pakistan to take immediate steps towards meeting “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” following the country’s election to the Human Rights Council on Monday.

12 Oct 2017 description
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Regressive Step by Parliament on International Day of the Girl

12 Sep 2017 description
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Longtime Refugees from Burma Denied Citizenship, ID Cards

Pakistan’s foreign minister has expressed “deep anguish” at the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The foreign secretary has summoned the Burmese ambassador and registered an official protest. And Pakistan’s parliament has urged the government to press the issue on the international stage.

31 May 2017 description
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By Helen Griffiths

Endorse Safe Schools Declaration Ahead of UN Rights Review

“I was just 10 when more than 400 schools [in Pakistan] were destroyed,” said Malala Yousafzai when she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. “And our beautiful dreams turned into nightmares. Education went from being a right to being a crime. Girls were stopped from going to school.”

17 May 2017 description
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(New York) – The Pakistani government is increasingly clamping down on internet dissent at the expense of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately end abusive state monitoring of internet activity, prosecute those committing violence on the basis of internet blasphemy allegations, and commit to upholding free expression for all.

27 Mar 2017 description
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(London, March 27, 2017) – Attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups are having a devastating impact on education in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released a day before the Second International Conference on Safe Schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

20 Mar 2017 description
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Fight Militancy by Reforming Justice System, Upholding Rule of Law

(New York, March 20, 2017) – The Pakistani government should withdraw its proposal to restore military courts empowered to try civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is introducing a bill to amend the Constitution of Pakistan and the Army Act, 1952 to reinstate and expand the jurisdiction of military courts to try civilians for terrorism-related offenses.

21 Nov 2016 description
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Develop Security Plan to Protect Embattled Minority

(Kabul, November 21, 2016) – The Afghan government should develop a security plan to better protect minority Shia during high-profile public events, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 21, 2016, a suicide bomber killed at least 32 worshippers, including children, and injured 50 others, at a Shia mosque in Kabul during observance of the religious ceremony of Arbaein. Since July, a wave of sectarian suicide attacks has injured or killed more than 500 members of the Shia community.

19 Oct 2016 description
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Thousands Pushed Into ‘Voluntary Returns’ Face Fresh Dangers at Home

By Ahmad Shuja

At Kabul airport on Tuesday, I met a group of Afghans – three women and 10 men – who had just arrived from Turkey. It was not a joyous homecoming. They had joined the waves of several hundred thousand Afghans whose bid for safer lives abroad in the face of worsening insecurity at home ended in limbo in Turkey, blocked from claiming refugee status or continuing onward to Europe.

15 Sep 2016 description
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Abuses, Harassment Force Afghans Home to Danger

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.

08 Sep 2016 description
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Greece: Migrant Children Held in Deplorable Conditions

End Unjustified Detention of Vulnerable Unaccompanied Kids

(Athens) – Greek police routinely lock up unaccompanied children in small, overcrowded, and unhygienic cells for weeks and months, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

01 Jul 2016 description
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(New York) – The Pakistani government should reduce rights violations against Afghan refugees by extending their legal residency status until at least December 31, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 29, 2016, the government extended registered Afghan refugees’ Proof of Residency (PoR) cards for six months, until the end of 2016.

29 May 2016 description
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A delegation of Pakistani and Afghan former ambassadors, diplomats, and civil society representatives brainstormed strategies last week to help protect the rights of Pakistan’s highly vulnerable Afghan population.

19 Apr 2016 description
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Text Messages Show Fear, Then Silence

(Athens) – The first round of European Union-sanctioned deportations of 66 people from the Greek island of Chios to Turkey on April 4, 2016 was rushed, chaotic, and violated the rights of those deported, Human Rights Watch said today. In Turkey, the detained deportees lost contact with family and friends held in Greece, and Turkish authorities have not allowed visits by rights groups or the United Nations.

01 Feb 2016 description
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Under pressure from the military leadership, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ceded significant constitutional and decision-making authority to the armed forces in 2015, particularly in the areas of national security, foreign policy, and human rights.

16 Jan 2016 description
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Stop-Gap Measures Create Climate Fostering Police Abuse

(New York, January 17, 2016) – The Pakistani government should reduce rights violations against Afghan refugees by extending their legal residency status until at least December 31, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 12, 2016, the government extended registered Afghan refugees’ Proof of Residency (PoR) cards until June 30, 2016.

20 Nov 2015 description
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The beggar-thy-neighbor border policies that have characterized much of the European response to the refugee crisis seem to be getting even worse.

Four Western Balkan governments have now blocked asylum seekers and migrants of certain nationalities from entering their territory, effectively barring them from accessing asylum procedures. As a result, people are once again trapped at European borders.