Human Rights Watch

For close to 40 years, Human Rights Watch has advocated for the defense and protection on human rights worldwide. The organization investigates violations of human rights in over 90 countries, trying to create change through lobbying and advocating. In order to give the victims of exploitation a voice and hold the perpetrators accountable, the organization publishes its findings internationally. Human Rights Watch demands justice, ensuring victims are being heard and advocating for their safety.

When it comes to refugees, Human Rights Watch is working towards proper legal protection and fair asylum policies for legitimate war refugees through gathering facts, building records, and reporting on their conditions. The organization looks at the situation in their country of origin and the region they fled, and the conditions during their transit to Europe. Now that the Turkey Deal came into effect, Human Rights Watch concentrates its efforts mostly on refugees in transit countries.

Over half of the 1.7 million Syrian school-aged refugee children currently living in Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan have no access to formal education. Human Rights Watch did research into the bureaucratic obstacles standing in the way of their schooling. One example was the school card required for registration, which most parents couldn’t afford. In addition, students who hadn’t been enrolled in school over the past three years were barred from re-registration. When Human Rights Watch published their report on Jordan, the administration put an end to both practices, enabling more children to attend school.

Human Rights Watch also looked into detention circumstances in Greece. Immediately after their report on vulnerable refugee children traveling alone, the EU Commissioner for Justice called for the “pressing need” to create 1,500 spaces for children traveling alone. Furthermore, the EU announced it would be devoting an extra € 115 million to improving the conditions for refugees residing in Greece.

Adessium Foundation supports the work of Human Rights Watch because we strive for a humane and sustainable asylum policy, both in the Netherlands and in the EU. We want to contribute to more social support for refugees.

About this partner

Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. The organization scrupulously investigates abuses, exposes the facts widely, and pressures those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

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