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(Beirut) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter hrw

serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.

In the 644-page World Report 2015, its 25th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth highlights the counterproductive circle-the-wagons approach to human rights that many governments adopted during the past tumultuous year.

“Human rights violations played a major role in spawning or aggravating many of today’s crises,” Roth said. “Protecting human rights and ensuring democratic accountability are key to resolving them.”

An overview of the report can be accessed at the following web site:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/01/29/world-report-2015-rights-are-not-wrong-in-tough-times

World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide.

http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015

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