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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
July 31, 2014
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In Ukraine, Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians

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Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21.

The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas may amount to war crimes.

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Mass Grave Found in Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site said that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug hole and dump in bodies wrapped in cellophane. The women said the truck returned to dump more bodies an hour later, perhaps 15 altogether.

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AMERICAS In Colombia, FARC Battering Afro-Colombian Areas

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are committing widespread abuses with impunity in the mostly Afro-Colombian city of Tumaco and its surrounding rural areas. These abuses included killings, disappearances, kidnapping, torture, forced displacement, attempted forced recruitment, planting landmines, extortion, and death threats against community leaders.
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USA US Government Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

A new report documents how national security journalists and lawyers in the US are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented US government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions.
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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA In Syria, a Barrage of Barrel Bombs

The Syrian government is raining high explosive barrel bombs on civilians in defiance of a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution.
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