Countries reaching beyond borders to silence dissidents, HRW says

Bruno Stagno, Chief Advocacy Officer of the New York Group, said that governments, the United Nations and other organizations should declare these activities as a threat to human rights.

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Countries reaching beyond borders to silence dissidents, HRW says
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On Thursday, Human Rights Watch released a report that highlighted the trend of repression across borders, saying that countries are targeting journalists, political rivals, human rights activists and other critics across borders to kill or silence them, which is severely violating the freedom of expression.

The 46-page report, titled A Global Look at How Governments Repress Nationals Abroad, said 75 cases had been reported in 12 countries, including Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Belarus, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, and Thailand are those who have committed human rights violations and terrorized their opponents in the past 15 years.

Attempts have been made to silence opponents through methods such as kidnapping, abduction, illegal removal, lynching of relatives and cyber-attacks, and also abducting their friends and relatives in order to deter them and create fear.

Bruno Stagno, Chief Advocacy Officer of the New York Group, said that governments, the United Nations and other organizations should declare these activities as a threat to human rights.

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