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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
February 19,2014
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Murder of Egyptians in Libya a War Crime

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The brutal killing of 21 mostly Egyptian Coptic Christians held captive by a Libyan extremist group was a war crime for which those responsible must be held to account.

The armed group holding the men has pledged allegiance to the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS.) A video published on February 15 showed armed men beheading a group of 21 men, most or all of them Egyptian Copts working in Libya.

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In South Sudan, Government Forces Recruiting Child Soldiers

Despite renewed promises by both government and opposition forces that they will stop using child soldiers, both sides continue to recruit and use children in combat. Government forces are actively recruiting boys as young as 13, often by force, as soldiers in Malakal, Upper Nile state.

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Thailand Should End Military Detention of Civilians

Thailand's government is trying to hand the military unchecked authority to detain civilians. Thai lawmakers should reject this military power grab that puts all citizens at risk of prolonged detention without charge.

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Dispatches: Jailed in Azerbaijan for a Protest in Berlin

By Hugh Williamson

A few weeks ago, I met up with activists from Azerbaijan and elsewhere at a protest outside the imposing offices of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. They chanted slogans to send a message to Merkel, who was meeting Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, urging her to focus on human rights in the talks. Little did they know that this peaceful protest in Berlin would have serious repercussions for their family members back home.

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To raise money for Human Rights Watch and to fund a fistula camp in Uganda, three long-term Human Rights Watch supporters are driving more than 7,500 km from Singapore to Burma in a 1938 Alvis. Today they entered Burma.
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