Human Rights Watch

Despite Reform, Saudi “Guardianship” Still Restricts Women

By Tom Finn DOHA, July 17 – Saudi Arabian laws requiring women to have male guardians have been reformed in recent years but continue to restrict and endanger them, obstructing government plans to reform the economy, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says in a report. The report drew criticism on Sunday from a government rights official,

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Human Rights Watch Says Abuse of Maids in Oman Verges on Slavery

MUSCAT, July 13 – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Oman of not doing enough to tackle widespread abuse of foreign maids, which it says sometimes verges on slavery. The group said it had documented physical and sexual abuse, confiscation of passports, excessive working hours and at least one case in which a maid was

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South Sudanese Commanders Use Child Soldiers as “Cannon Fodder”

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, Dec 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen senior commanders and officials who children say recruited them as soldiers in South Sudan should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The United Nations says 16,000 children have joined armed groups since South Sudan’s civil war erupted two

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Let My Country Awake

Bangladesh is slowly being riven apart BY Nazmus Sakib Nirjhor When his autopsy had drawn to a close, the doctors at the Forensic Department of Dhaka Medical College declared that there were signs of fatal strikes to the head of Faisal Arefin Dipan; his spinal cord had been severed. Dipan was the owner of Jagriti

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Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party Likely to Win Elections

BAKU, Nov 1 (Reuters) ¬†Azeri voters headed to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election, which Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling party is widely expected to win, and which mainstream opposition and international monitors are shunning. Aliyev has consolidated his power since succeeding his father and long-serving leader Heydar in 2003, presiding over a

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