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Selected Recent Reports from Human Rights Watch

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.
India, Pakistan Must Protect Civilians
(New York, May 28, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today expressed concern that the escalation in fighting between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir could lead to widespread civilian casualties. It urged both sides to abide by international humanitarian law particularly with regard to minimizing harm to civilians and ensuring that any prisoners captured are treated humanely.
Cambodia: Dismiss Charges Against Human Rights Defenders
New York, May 28, 1999 — In a new report issued today, Human Rights Watch calls for the dismissal of outstanding criminal charges against two staff members of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (Licadho). The Cambodian government must decide within weeks whether to proceed with the trial of the two, who could face ten years in prison if convicted.
Turkey Must Uphold Ocalan's Right to Defense
(New York, May 28, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today called on the government of Turkey to allow the lawyers for Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), to carry out their duties without obstruction.
President Mubarak: Do Not Sign Harsh New NGO Law
(New York, May 28, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch condemned the Egyptian parliament's hasty passage yesterday of a controversial draft law that provides for extensive government monitoring and regulation of the activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Letter to President of Egypt
Human Rights Watch is writing to express its deep dismay at the People's Assembly vote last night to approve the draft Law on Associations and Civil Institutions, an extremely significant piece of legislation that provides the legal framework for monitoring and regulation of the operations of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt.
Egypt's Parliament Strips NGOs of Rights
A new draft law regulating non-governmental organizations in Egypt, passed on 27 May 1999 by the Egyptian Parliament, imposes restrictive conditions on civil society institutions in violation of international law, the above six international human rights organizations said today.
Three Human Rights Organizations Set Priorities for New Nigerian Government
(New York, May 27 1999) -- On the eve of President Obasanjo's inauguration as president of Nigeria, Human Rights Watch has joined with two Nigerian human rights organizations to write to the president-elect outlining human rights priorities for the new government. Human Rights Watch also releases today a new report on the situation in the Niger Delta, detailing the ongoing crisis in that region.
Tunisia: Human Rights Defenders at Risk
(May 26, '99)-- Human rights defenders and journalists in Tunisia are suffering from a disturbing escalation of harassment and intimidation, the above eight organizations warned today.
Zambian Government Cracks Down on Media, Opposition
(Paris, May 26, 1999) - Human Rights Watch today called for Zambia's donors to continue to attach clear human rights benchmarks for the release of payments support, in light of the Zambian government's continued human rights violations. Today in Paris, the donors, known as the World Bank Consultative Group on Zambia, will discuss Zambia's human rights record.
Letter to Thailand Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai
Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned by reports today that the Thai government has refused permission to the International Trade Union movement to hold a conference on "Democracy for Burma" in Bangkok, scheduled for May 24-26, 1999.
New Document Reveals Executions by Guatemalan Army
On Thursday, May 20, Human Rights Watch and three other human rights organizations released a document that was smuggled out of Guatemalan military files. The document reveals the fate of more than 180 individuals "disappeared" by Guatemalan security forces between August 1983 and March 1985. The document was given to international human rights advocates in late February, the week the United Nations-sponsored Historical Clarification Commission released its report on the country's thirty-five year civil war.
Imminent Passage of Controversial NGO Law in Egypt
(New York, May 17, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today expressed deep concern that Egypt's parliament may swiftly pass a new law regulating nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt without soliciting the views of the NGO community itself. The proposed legislation will replace Law No. 32 of 1964, the much-criticized statute that has been used to deny legal status to NGOs and, in several circumstances, to dissolve organizations.
Rebel Atrocities Against Civilians In Sierra Leone
(New York, May 17, 1999)—Just days before scheduled peace talks, rebels from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have committed scores of atrocities against the civilian population of Sierra Leone, Human Rights Watch confirmed today.
Veteran Tunisian Human Rights Activist Released but Remains under Threat: Human Rights Watch Calls for End to Harassment
(Washington, DC, May 14, 1999) --Human Rights Watch today welcomed the release from detention of Tunisian human rights activist Omar Mestiri but expressed serious concern that he was interrogated about the activities of the Conseil National pour les Libertes en Tunisie (CNLT), an independent human rights group he co-founded, and threatened with future prosecution under Tunisia's laws of association and of the press for his activities.
Brazil Slow on Human Rights Reform
( Rio de Janeiro, May 13, 1999) -- The Cardoso administration has yet to adequately put into practice its 1996 human rights plan, Human Rights Watch charged today in a fourteen-page letter to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
Growing Concern About NATO Violating the Laws of War
(New York, May 13, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today sent a letter to Secretary General Javier Solana expressing concern at the mounting civilian casualties in NATO's air war against Yugoslavia.
NATO's Use of Cluster Bombs Must Stop
(New York, May 11, 1999)—Human Rights Watch today condemned NATO's use of cluster bombs in the air campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The submunitions inside cluster bombs have a high failure rate and can leave unexploded ordnance across wide areas, ready to detonate on contact.
Major New Campaign Launched Against Small Arms Proliferation
(New York, May 11, 1999)—A bonfire of weapons in the city center of The Hague will mark the kickoff Tuesday of an international campaign against small arms, in which Human Rights Watch and 200 other organization are taking part.
U.N. Inquiry into Rwanda Praised
(New York, May 7, 1999) — Human Rights Watch today welcomed the appointment of Ingvar Carlsson, former prime minister of Sweden, to head an investigation into the role of the United Nations in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Parties to Sierra Leone War Urged Not to Recruit Child Soldiers
(New York, May 4, 1999) Human Rights Watch today called on all parties to the civil war in Sierra Leone not to recruit children as soldiers and to demobilize all children in their ranks. As the parties prepare to enter peace negotiations to end the eight year-long civil war, the human rights organization urged special attention to the thousands of children who have been used as combatants in the conflict.
World Performance on Landmines Assessed
(New York, May 3, 1999) -- The production of antipersonnel landmines has dropped sharply, and exports have fallen virtually to zero, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines said in a report released today.
Rwandan Refugees Ordered Out of Congo
(April 29, 1999)—Human Rights Watch today called on the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy to immediately reverse an order directing Rwandan refugees to return home.
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