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Selected Recent Reports from Human Rights Watch

CIA, State, NSC Documents Declassified On Chile
(June 30, 1999)--The National Security Archive, Center for National Security Studies and Human Rights Watch hailed today's release of more than 20,000 pages of U.S. documents on Chile.
Grave Short Comings in Ocalan Trial
(Istanbul, June 29, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today drew a sharp distinction between the trial of Abdullah Ocalan and that of the tens of thousands of other people tried by state security courts in Turkey.
Colombian Refugees in Venezuela Intimidated to Return  Spanish Translation
(New York, June 28, 1999) -- Authorities in Venezuela and Colombia recently intimidated refugees into returning to areas where they may face death, Human Rights Watch said today.
Uzbekistan Police Savagely Beat Human Rights Activist
(New York, June 28, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch condemned today the beating and detention of Mikhail Ardzinov, one of Uzbekistan's leading human rights defenders.
Cambodia: Charges Against Rights Workers Should Be Dropped
New York, June 25, 1999 - In a letter sent today to the prosecutor general of the Phnom Penh Appeals Court, Human Rights Watch called for criminal charges against two Cambodian human rights workers to be dropped. Kim Sen and Meas Minear of the human rights organization, Licadho, are scheduled to go on trial on July 8.
Illegal Reprisals by Israel and Hizballah Condemned
(New York, 26 June) Human Rights Watch today called upon Israel to halt indiscriminate and reprisal attacks on civilians and civilian objects in Lebanon. The organization also called upon Hizballah to refrain from carrying out indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians in Qiryat Shemona and other communities in northern Israel. Since Thursday, the attacks have claimed the lives of two Israeli civilians and at least eight Lebanese civilians.
Shocking War Crimes in Sierra Leone
(New York, June 24, 1999) -- Rebel forces in Sierra Leone systematically murdered, mutilated, and raped civilians during their January offensive, Human Rights Watch charged today. In a report released on the eve of an important United Nations visit to Freetown, Human Rights Watch documented how entire families were gunned down in the street, children and adults had their limbs hacked off with machetes, and girls and young women were taken to rebel bases and sexually abused.
Malaysia: Rights Group Taken Out Of Context
(June 16, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today castigated the Malaysian press for taking statements out of context.
Virginia Governor Urged to Halt Execution of Juvenile Offender
(New York, June 15, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today called on Virginia's governor to grant clemency to prevent an execution scheduled for tomorrow that violates international law.
U.S. Blocks Efforts to Ban the Use of Child Soldiers
(New York, June 15, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today called on President Clinton to use his speech in Geneva this Wednesday to back a stronger international ban on the use of child soldiers.
China: Fang Jue Case Should Trigger Concern In Business Community
(June 11, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today said the four-year prison sentence given to Fang Jue, a Chinese official turned entrepreneur, for alleged unfair business practices made a mockery of China's commitment to the rule of law.
U.S. Department of Justice Bargains Away Rights of Women Prisoners
(Washington, June 11, 1999)--In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Human Rights Watch condemned "as grossly inadequate" the settlement agreement reached between the Department of Justice and the Michigan Department of Corrections in The United States of America v. Michigan.
Impunity In Cambodia: How Human Rights Offenders Escape Justice
(Phnom Penh, June 11, 1999) -- In a new report published today, three human rights organizations urged the Royal Cambodian Government to end impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations in Cambodia.
Human Rights Watch Monitors Second Anwar Trial
(New York, June 11, 1999)--Human Rights Watch today denounced what it called the public vilification of Anwar Ibrahim and said it would be closely observing the second trial of Malaysia's former deputy prime minister.
Spokesman of New Rights Organization Arrested and Charged in Tunisia
(New York, June 9, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today condemned the arrest of Moncef Marzouki, spokesman of the National Council for Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT).
Indonesian Elections An Opportunity For Progress On Human Rights
Human Rights Watch today welcomed Indonesia's first free elections in forty-five years and urged both winners and losers to set forth a clear human rights agenda.
Imprisonment of Leading Turkish Activist Condemned
(New York, June 3, 1999) On the eve of the imprisonment of well-known human rights activist Akin Birdal, Human Rights Watch today condemned Mr. Birdal's one-year sentence as a violation of his right to free speech. Mr. Birdal is president of the prominent Human Rights Association (HRA) of Turkey.
Chinese Government Must Reverse Tiananmen Verdict
On the tenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Human Rights Watch is calling on China to reverse the official verdict on the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

"It's the perfect occasion for China to release the remaining Tiananmen-era prisoners, clear the names of those already freed, agree to compensate the victims, and allow pro-democracy activists in exile abroad to return home," said Sidney Jones, Asia director of Human Rights Watch.
Victims Compile New Evidence of June Fourth Crimes
(New York óJune 1, 1999) A group of June Fourth survivors is releasing new evidence of the crimes committed by martial law troops in the 1989 Beijing crackdown.
Refugees in Guinea Must Be Protected
(New York, May 31, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today urged the United Nations refugee agency to take immediate steps to protect the security of more than 100,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea.
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