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A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office, Human Rights Watch said today. These include ordering the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of 56 West African migrants, and “witch hunts” in which hundreds of women were arbitrarily detained. Jammeh also allegedly participated in the rape and sexual assault of women brought to him. Read the report: https://bit.ly/2RnF7Bp For more Human Rights Watch reporting on the Yahya Jammeh case, please visit: https://www.hrw.org/tag/yahya-jammeh

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🇮🇶 As protests in #Iraq continue, security forces across the country are using lethal force against protesters despite orders to stop. Iraq’s parliament accepted Prime Minister Abd Al-Mahdi’s resignation on December 1, due to the ongoing demonstrations. Iraq’s parliament accepted Abd Al-Mahdi’s resignation, due to the ongoing demonstrations. The contrast between his statements and the continued rising death toll, particularly in southern cities, raises concerns that the government is incapable of reining in abusive forces. The government needs to stop the unlawful killing of protesters. It has chosen to hide behind claims that it has ordered the killings to stop, but that simply is not good enough. As long as this government is in power, it is responsible when its own forces kill protesters. 🇮🇶 #humanrights (📷 © 2019 Reuters)

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Today 17 buildings and landmarks around the world turn blue in honor of #HumanRightsDay and the work of human rights activists in every country. If you happen to be near one, take a photo and tag us. See some posts in our story today of how great these landmarks look as they #StandUp4HumanRights!

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All around the world, people are taking to the streets to secure their rights. They persist because they know the power of protest and resistance, and the value of the human rights ideal. Human Rights Watch is celebrating those values this #HumanRightsDay as we do in every corner of the world all year long. And today, on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are doubling down on our commitment to uphold and fight for the rights of everyone. Thanks for standing with us as we continue to #StandUp4HumanRights!

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December 10 is International #HumanRightsDay! Join us in celebrating: Take a selfie holding up a sign saying that you #StandUp4HumanRights. Post it and tag us, and we’ll repost some of our favorites this week. Because of your support all year long, we can continue to help spread the word that human rights belong to all. Let’s keep that message going strong! 🌎🌏🌍

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Fans of the Netflix series @queereye can watch Kan transform from a shy gay man seeking a support network into a more confident, fashionable version of himself when he stars in an episode of Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! This shift is nothing compared to how far he already came since his childhood, when he struggled to go to school or even leave the house as he battled to understand his sexuality. In 2016, he worked with Human Rights Watch on a report about LGBT bullying in Japan schools and it was ultimately that experience that lead him to Queer Eye. “What struck me was that many LGBT kids said they have no information about LGBT people and issues. I wanted to become a person who could give these kids some kind of information.” Visit our story for a link to the interview! 🇯🇵🏳️‍🌈🇯🇵🏳️‍🌈 (Photo Credit: Queer Eye: We’re in Japan) #lgbtrights #japan #queereyejapan #humanrights #lgbtqrights #queereye

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[Post 3 of 3] Pregnant women and new mothers in Greece’s overcrowded Moria “hotspot” for asylum seekers and migrants do not receive adequate food or medical care. Women said they had not accessed comprehensive prenatal care, even for high-risk pregnancies. Pregnant women said they lacked information about what would happen when it was time to give birth or who to contact for help. Health service providers said they offer basic pre- and post-natal care, but that limited capacity and resources mean they cannot provide full monitoring for pregnant women each trimester. “When I was six months pregnant [in July], it was really hot and I felt I would lose the baby,” said “Zarifa,” who lived through an entire pregnancy in Moria and had a 10-day-old baby. “I went again to [aid workers in the camp] and said I couldn’t handle it. They said, ‘You are not really a seriously vulnerable case.’ We never got an apartment [outside Moria] – we applied months ago, but we are still here.” #greece #opentheislands #refugees #refugeeswelcome #sanitation #pregnancy #womensrights #childrensrights #humanrights at Mória, Lesvos, Greece

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[Post 2 of 3] Toilets and showers in Greece’s refugee “hot spot” at Moria are unsafe, unsanitary, unhygienic, and inaccessible to people with disabilities. Although some toilets are separated by gender, signage is unclear and in practice usage is mixed. Women and girls in Moria camp said they take extreme measures to avoid leaving their shelters or using toilets, bathing, or waiting in food distribution lines due to fear. “I don’t go out [of the tent] alone…. [If I need the toilet at night], I have to wait all night – I have no choice.” – “Naima,” 12, in Moria with her mother and 14-year-old sister. #greece #opentheislands #refugees #refugeeswelcome #sanitation #womensrights #childrensrights #humanrights at Mória, Lesvos, Greece

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Women and girls face abhorrent conditions in Greece’s overcrowded Moria “hotspot” for asylum seekers and migrants on #Lesbos island. As of November 28 , #Moria was holding over 16,800 people in a facility with capacity for less than 3,000. Due to overcrowding, authorities and asylum seekers and migrants themselves have erected shelters outside Moria’s fenced boundaries, first in the adjacent area called the Olive Grove and now in a second olive grove. There are no water and sanitation facilities in the second olive grove. In all areas, women and girls, including those travelling alone, are living alongside unrelated men and boys, often in tents without secure closures. Read more: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/12/04/greece-camp-conditions-endanger-women-girls #opentheislands

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The government of Bangladesh is blocking aid groups from providing any meaningful education to Rohingya children in refugee camps and banning the children from attending schools outside the camps. The government should urgently lift the restrictions that unlawfully deprive almost 400,000 Rohingya refugee children of their right to education. A new report documents how Bangladesh prohibits aid groups in the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district from providing Rohingya children with accredited or formal education. There is no secondary-level education, and groups are barred from teaching the Bengali language and using the Bangladesh curriculum. Rohingya children have no opportunity to enroll in or continue their education at private or public schools outside the refugee camps. Watch our story today to hear from Ibrahim and see firsthand how a lack of education is affecting #Rohingya refugee children. #humanrights #refugees #myanmar #bangladesh #coxsbazar at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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⏰⏰⏰ There’s still time! Our #GivingTuesday Matching Gift Challenge ends at midnight TONIGHT. With your donation today, you can help us expose tyranny, empower victims, and tell their stories to the world. Help us reach our goal and your gift will be matched 5x! Visit the link in our bio to #donate. #HumanRights #HumanRightsWatch

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For the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Watch #DisabilityRights Associate Director Samer Muscati spoke with Ikponwosa Ero of @unalbinism About the most pressing issues in disability rights today and what still needs to be done in the global effort to #LeaveNoOneBehind. #IDPD #albinism #un #unitednations #humanrights

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