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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
September 11, 2014
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In Somalia, Sexual Abuse by African Union Soldiers

Photo ©2012 Clar Ni Chonghaile

Some African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers based in Mogadishu have misused their positions of power to sexually exploit Somalia’s most vulnerable women and girls.

The soldiers, relying on Somali intermediaries, have used a range of tactics, including humanitarian aid, to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity. They have also raped or otherwise sexually assaulted women who were seeking medical assistance or water at AMISOM bases.

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA In Ukraine, Rebels Subject Civilians to Forced Labor

Insurgent forces had been detaining civilians on allegations of violating public order violations, like alleged public drinking or breaking the curfew, and then subjecting them to forced labor. Rebels appear to be using public order infractions as a pretext to obtain unpaid labor.
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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA Thousands Coerced Into Leaving Israel

Israeli authorities have unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries where they risk serious abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges in Sudan for setting foot in Israel.
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USA Don't use religion to cloak bias toward LGBT families
by Julia Bleckner
Los Angeles Times

Growing up with two moms in the San Francisco Bay Area, I thought a family was defined by loud dinners, birthday parties, overprotective parents, and unconditional love. Then, when I was 7 years old, a girl in my class told me I couldn't sit with her and her friends because I wasn't a "real person." The reason? I didn't have a mommy and a daddy — so how could I possibly have been born?

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SPECIAL FEATURE
Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war.
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In May @hrw said "strong evidence" Syrian govt using chlorine as weapon: http://bit.ly/1nCqbKE @OPCW report agrees: http://bbc.in/1xKpRzt
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