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20 Sep 2018 description
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EU should stop backing policy that confines people to Aegean islands

Todor Gardos, Researcher, Europe and Central Asia Division

Boat migration to Greece is no longer in the headlines but the crisis for asylum seekers on the Greek islands continues.

16 Sep 2018 description
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Families Would Be Able to Try Again to Seek Aslyum in the US

Michael Garcia Bochenek
Senior Counsel, Children’s Rights Division
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After the Trump administration was slammed with lawsuits for separating migrant children and parents at the border, the US government has agreed to allow many of these parents, whose asylum claims were rejected, to reapply.

03 Sep 2018 description
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Small number of pro-killer robot states block efforts to take substantive action

30 Aug 2018 description
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Delivered by Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Human Rights Watch is a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch is the global coordinator of the Campaign.

30 Aug 2018 description
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Les États-Unis s’éloignent toutefois de l’interdiction de ces armes non fiables

(Genève) – Aucun État partie au traité de 2008 bannissant les armes à sous-munitions n’a violé les dispositions clés bannissant l’usage, la production, le transfert et le stockage de ces armes – ce qui donne un bilan de conformité sans tache, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la publication du rapport _Cluster Munition Monitor 2018_.

30 Aug 2018 description
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No room for Prejudiced Asylum Officers

Boris Dittrich
Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program

The process of seeking asylum is difficult for anyone, but sexual and gender minorities fleeing persecution in their home countries can be particularly vulnerable, as two recent decisions by Austrian asylum officers show.

04 Aug 2018 description
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De nouvelles dispositions risquent de compromettre les droits des demandeurs d’asile sans résoudre les problèmes qui persistent

Camille Marquis
Chargée de plaidoyer
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04 Aug 2018 description
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New provisions risk undermining asylum seekers’ rights while not solving ongoing issues

Camille Marquis
Senior Advocacy Coordinator
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In France, asylum seekers are sleeping rough, and flawed procedures often leave unaccompanied migrant children adrift, homeless, and excluded from the care they need.

30 Jul 2018 description
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Hamid Khazaei was a fit and healthy young man when he arrived on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island in September 2013, transferred there by the Australian government under its draconian asylum-seeker policy.

Less than a year later, the 24-year-old Iranian was dead from septicemia after a sore on his leg became infected.

25 Jul 2018 description
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Allow European Rescues, Agree on Safe Disembarkation

(Milan) – The European Union’s obstruction of nongovernmental rescues and handover of responsibility to Libyan coast guard forces is a recipe for even greater loss of life in the Mediterranean and a continuing cycle of abuse for people trapped in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.

20 Jul 2018 description
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Fallout From Family Separation at US Border Worsened by Heavy-Handed Tactics

Michael Garcia Bochenek
Senior Counsel, Children’s Rights Division

A month after President Donald Trump reversed his abhorrent policy of forcibly separating migrant families at the border, its consequences continue – harming the mental health of children and parents, impeding migrants’ legal options, and undermining their legitimate right to seek asylum.

18 Jul 2018 description
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Greece: Asylum-Seeking Children Deprived of School

Few Classes in Government Camps on the Aegean Islands

(Athens) – Greece is denying thousands of asylum-seeking children their right to an education because of an European Union-backed migration policy that traps them on the Aegean islands, Human Rights Watch said today.

11 Jul 2018 description
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Sa décision sur la fraternité est une leçon pour l’Europe

Bénédicte Jeannerod
Directrice France

La haute juridiction française vient de rendre une décision selon laquelle aider les autres dans le besoin, y compris des personnes migrantes en situation irrégulière, est protégé par la constitution.

04 Jul 2018 description
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France : Des enfants migrants livrés à leur sort à Paris

Des évaluations défectueuses de l’âge privent de nombreux enfants non accompagnés de services essentiels

04 Jul 2018 description
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France: Child Migrants Left Adrift in Paris

Flawed Age Assessment Excludes Many from Care

(Paris) – Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant children, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Hundreds of these young migrants find themselves homeless, often condemned to sleep on the streets of Paris.

02 Jul 2018 description
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UN Report Shows Why More Countries Should Join Safe Schools Declaration

Bede Sheppard
Deputy Director, Children's Rights Division

27 Jun 2018 description
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Millions of Children Are Separated From Incarcerated Parents

jasmine Sankofa
Aryeh Neier Fellow, US Program

In the past few weeks, public outrage has erupted in response to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Yet in the US, family separations are not new.

27 Jun 2018 description
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Secretary-General’s ‘List of Shame’ Should Reflect Report Findings

(New York) – The United Nations secretary-general’s new report on children and armed conflict sets a damaging precedent by ignoring or downplaying some countries’ abuses in his annual “list of shame,” Human Rights Watch said today.

26 Jun 2018 description
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ICE Has Abandoned an Effective Alternative That Keeps Families Free

As US President Donald Trump ended his appalling mass family separation policy on the US southern border, he claimed a false choice: the US government either needs to separate families that cross the US border or detain them together. But family detention is not the best or only alternative to family separation – other approaches exist that are both just and fair.

They are also much cheaper than detention.

26 Jun 2018 description
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Summit Should Reject Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers

(Brussels) – An European Union summit in Brussels starting on June 28, 2018, is likely to be a critical moment for the development of EU migration policy, Human Rights Watch said.

An informal meeting of 16 EU leaders on June 24 suggested that the bloc is deeply divided over the issue. The debate over migration policy is dominating EU politics at a time when arrivals to the EU by sea are at their lowest point since 2013.