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Delhi gang-rape suspect faces maximum three-year jail term

An Indian teenager accused of taking part in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi will be tried as a juvenile, and so face a maximum of three years in prison if convicted, a special panel has ruled...Human Rights Desk

Reject Amendments to Counterterrorism Law

 The Indian parliament should reject proposed amendments to India’s counterterrorism act that could lead to further misuse of the draconian law, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament should call on the government to withdraw the amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (UAPA), which is scheduled for a vote in India’s upper house, the Rajya Sabha, on December 17, 2012...Human Rights Desk

War Crimes Trial

HRW to End Harassment of War Crimes Defense Counsel

The raid, without any justification being given, by armed police on the offices of a prominent defense lawyer in the war crimes trials taking place in Bangladesh is a grave affront to the basic tenets of fair trials...Human Rights Watch

Tanneries Harm Workers, Poison Communities

Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital,  including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today...Human Rights Desk

Putin`s Miscalculation

I wasn`t surprised that she would become the target of threats. Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights Watch`s intrepid researcher in Moscow, has long been an irritant for Russian authorities..Human Rights Desk

Human rights are the best weapon to combat hunger

Human rights are the most powerful tool to ensure efforts against hunger and malnutrition tackle structural causes and are not reduced to short-term strategies, civil society groups said in a report...Human Rights Desk

Hazardous Cigarette factories- A looming Health Risk

Even after working 12 hours a day six days a week in toxic factory conditions rolling cigarettes in Bangladesh - followed by more cigarette rolling work at home - Shahnaz Begum, a 30-year-old mother of two, still cannot afford to feed her family...Human Rights Desk

Scrap New Commission to Restrict NGOs

The Bangladeshi government’s recently announced commission to regulate nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) adds burdensome procedures that will hinder important watchdog functions. International donors should press the Awami League government to ensure that the country’s thriving NGO sector can continue to work without unnecessary government interference...Human Rights Desk

Domestic Workers Convention: Labor Rights Treaty to Take Effect

The Philippines’ ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention will bring the groundbreaking international treaty into legal force, promising better working conditions and key labor protections for millions of domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said on August 06...Human Rights Desk

Even a ‘Big Man’ Must Face Justice

The trial of the former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone’s armed conflict was a largely well-run proceeding, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today...Human Rights Desk

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