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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Celebrating Human Rights Day!
This just in from Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch:
on Human Rights Day, we want to recognize all that you have helped us
to achieve. As the Empire State Building glows blue this evening to
honor the global human rights movement, we would like to share with you
just a few examples of the incredible impact you helped our researchers
to achieve in 2014:
seven years of documentation and targeted advocacy on rights abuses
around the 2008 Beijing and 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International
has agreed to include rights protections in host city contracts.It
has begun by adopting a non-discrimination clause that will require
host countries to respect equality—furthering the protection of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender people and supporting the rights of
women to participate in sports worldwide.
work exposing dangerous conditions for child workers on tobacco farms
in the United States helped lead two of the country’s largest tobacco
growers associations to adopt new policies prohibiting
children under 16 from working on tobacco farms.By implementing these policies, tobacco growers will no longer employ young children in this dangerous work.
the horrific chemical weapons attack on the civilians of Ghouta, Syria
last August, our researchers’ quick response and meticulous
documentation—using video forensics, GPS data, and
remote eyewitness interviews—confirmed the likelihood that Bashar al-Assad’s government was responsible.Our
work helped to galvanize international support for a United Nations
resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons, and global arms experts
have now supervised the destruction of Syria’s stockpile.
Human Rights Day we recognize the extraordinary efforts of Human Rights
Watch researchers and celebrate all of their remarkable impact.
we also want to pause to recognize you, our supporters. It is because
of your commitment that we are able to continue to protect victims and
defend the human rights of countless people across the globe.
From everyone at Human Rights Watch, we wish you a happy Human Rights Day. Thank you for standing with us.
The Empire State Building turns blue to celebrate Human Rights Day
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