• Sep 19, 2014
    The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead.
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  • Sep 18, 2014
    Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them.
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  • Sep 17, 2014
    The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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  • Sep 16, 2014
    Governments wanting to limit impunity for the most serious international crimes should look to the examples of three European countries showing leadership in this area, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Specialized war crimes units composed of police, prosecutors, and immigration officials have the means to bring those responsible for atrocity crimes worldwide to justice and to ensure that war criminals don’t find safe haven when they flee their own country.
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  • Sep 15, 2014
    New legal amendments giving the Turkish authorities broad powers to block websites and to amass users’ internet activity data should be overturned.
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  • Sep 15, 2014
    Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they may face violence and neglect.
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  • Sep 4, 2014
    Insurgent forces are detaining civilians on allegations of violating public order and then subjecting them to forced labor.
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  • Sep 4, 2014
    The UK government should address, not dismiss, evidence that employers have abused migrant domestic workers in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the UK charity Kalayaan said today. A draft law before parliament is aimed at combating forced labor and other criminal offences but does not address a visa system that contributes to the abuse of migrant domestic workers by their employers.
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  • Sep 2, 2014
    Turkey, the host of a UN-sponsored Internet forum September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, has an abysmal record of protecting free expression online. In recent months, the Turkish government has expanded its powers to censor online content and to monitor Internet activity without independent oversight.
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  • Sep 2, 2014
    Members of Greece’s parliament should include measures to combat racist and xenophobic violence in a draft anti-racism law. The bill, introduced in parliament by Justice Minister Haralampos Athanassiou on November 20, 2013, would impose sanctions for hate speech and incitement to violence but fails to address problems in existing Greek law and practice with respect to reporting and prosecuting racist violence.
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