The decision of Libya's Supreme Court in June to quash Law 37, passed a month earlier, as unconstitutional, was a positive step, Human Rights Watch
According to New York-based Human Rights Watch
, the grants are given to people "for their commitment to free expression and the courage they showed when facing political persecution.
Human Rights Watch
, which investigated the site of the bombing two hours after the attack, put the number of dead at more than 40.
"Moroccans overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that boldly affirms their rights as citizens, but they are still waiting to see what, if anything, these constitutional principles will mean in practice," said Sarah Leah Whitson , Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch
. "As a start, the government should repeal the penal and press code provisions that allow the government to seek prison terms for nonviolent speech, including criticism of the monarchy, Islam, or Morocco's claim to Western Sahara."
"There can be no real reforms in Syria while security forces abuse people with impunity," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch
, said in a statement.
The Human Rights Watch
s report explains how development help is politicized in Ethiopia under the Meles Zenawi government to punish dissidents and reward loyalists of the ruling party.
"New labour regulations to curb exploitative recruiting agents who entrap foreign workers with recruiting fees and false contracts signals an extremely positive commitment to address one of the country's most glaring human rights problems," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch
Earlier this month, the Bahrain News Agency and a pro-government newspaper branded Rajab and al-Khawaja part of a "terrorist network," and accused the BCHR of dealing with international organizations and providing "false information." Rajab told Human Rights Watch
that authorities have provided no explanation for the travel bans.
Human Rights Watch
has received reports from Gaza residents that since the school year opened in late August, schools have been turning away female students for not wearing a headscarf or traditional gown, on the basis of new unofficial orders to schools from Hamas authorities.
We will take action against them and file a case with international organizations," said Faisal Fulad, a representative of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch
Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch
, said: "The army and its allies - 'war veterans' and supporters of the ruling party ZANU-PF - are intensifying their brutal grip on wide swathes of rural Zimbabwe to ensure that a possible second round of presidential elections goes their way."
Selected works will be screened at the Human Rights Watch
International Film Festival in New York and Boston later this year and in London and San Francisco in 2009.