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The member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the cross-fire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria.
Today 150,000 people are threatened with extermination.
Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organize the evacuations, but they are not any more promising any pause (in fighting).
I mean, Europe panicked because we got 400,000 from Syria all over Europe. West Aleppo has that alone.
We do now have written approval in principle by the armed opposition groups of east Aleppo.
There will not be more to distribute next week.
I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter.
They (the Russians) have said 11 hours per day and four days from today, Thursday. We hope it can be four days from tomorrow Friday.
This is Syria, so everything can go wrong at every possible opportunity.
We hope to continue until we have been able to evacuate all of the cases that need such evacuation, and that would be hopefully done in the course of days, and it could be several hundred cases with their families.
We have gotten it extended in both hours and in terms of days.
It is outrageous that it was hit while offloading at warehouses.
The reason we're not in eastern Aleppo has again been a combination of very difficult and detailed discussions around security monitoring and passage of roadblocks, which is both opposition and government.
First, a lifeline to eastern Aleppo, going cross-border from Turkey. Initially we would be ready in the first 48-hour weekly pause to have two convoys, of 20 trucks each, that would carry enough food for 80,000 people in eastern Aleppo.
We have ... agreement now from the Russian Federation for the 48-hour pause, we're waiting (for) it from the other actors on the ground. That has taken more time frankly than I thought was needed.
I hope and pray that it is extended and that the people of Aleppo can get the respite that they need now, and we can get aid to them. We're going to Afreen today, that's 50,000 people, and that's an area north of Aleppo that hasn't had help for a very long time.
A human catastrophe is unfolding in Falluja. Families are caught in the crossfire with no safe way out. Warring parties must guarantee civilians safe exit now, before it's too late and more lives are lost.
We have had an assessment mission, our plan to go in the besieged areas, Foua and Kafraya, besieged by armed opposition groups. The mission was not allowed in. A number of excuses were made regarding security and what not.
Al Waer is one of these places where heartbreaking things happen, where we have a convoy fully loaded, standing for days as it did last week, with supplies that we know there is a desperate need for. And then in the end you are told you have to unload.
You can do a lot. As we speak Europe is preparing for the European Union-Indian dialogue, the annual dialogue which also includes human rights. And that one we believe that Europe must insist that not only has the laws to defend women's rights there has to be a better practise. India has a lot of good laws. In reality corrupt police, corrupt judges, corrupt leaders do not in reality defend the rights of women and what we saw even after some of these horrific rapes was that some politicians religious leaders and others sort of faulted the women for this. This can not be tolerated. The practice, the culture has to change in India as in so many other countries in defending the rights of women.
Well I think the long and good trend is that more and more countries are opening up education for women never before in history have so many girls gone to primary school, secondary school, college and getting university degrees. In many African, Asian and Latin American countries where it was unheard of to have female leaders in politics there are more than before. However we are far, far away from the equality that women deserve and in too many places they are discriminated in the labour market in academia and in political life.
We for example are very critical of the lack of rights for women in Saudia Arabia which is the country supporting some Islamic movements in other countries….
No we in Human Rights Watch are concerned with a worsening human rights situation in many European countries. I would say in three words this is connected to minorities being discriminated, migrants having their rights violated and that the minorities and migrants are always more vulnerable in times of austerity.
Well Human Rights Watch is a worldwide organisation that researches documents human rights abuse, violence against individuals, lawlessness against people then we publish this so everybody can find out what is the truth and finally we advocate for change, that there should be the rule of law that everybody should have their human rights defended.
By exposing what is happening in a place like Saudi Arabia or for that matter now in Egypt where there is a battle of values around all of this and help those courageous women who fight for their own rights and they fight for their won rights from Saudi Arabia to Egypt or for that matter in the horrific civil war in Syria. We have to expose the violations we have to help them fight for their rights as equal to men.
Well we recruit we believe the best of the best. As researchers being experts on countries, they go to the field, the go to Syria, the go to Russia, they go to South Africa they go to China they go to all of the places where there is war, repression, discrimination and human rights abuse. They undertake hundreds of interviews and there are reports then as we publish them every week new reports, new press releases is footnoted to the minutest of detail because we must be absolutely sure that what we publish is the truth and that is our strength what we say is the truth as we have seen it, smelt it, discovered it in the field.
Oh I mean there are many, many of the old issues like even torture extra judicial executions are still with us. We are now seeing the dramas of Algeria, of Mali and especially in the war of Syria unfolding. The new generation of human rights battles to a large degree is around the freedom o information, the internet. The internet is a great tool for opening up societies opening up dictatorships but it is also a place for surveillance for spreading false accusations and hate so I think in the battle for information and the battle for our minds is one of the future battlefields where our values human rights international law has to be defended.