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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
September 24, 2015
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The Price Rwanda Pays to Keep Kigali’s Image Pristine

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Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, stands out as a safe and tidy city. Keeping Kigali clean, however, comes at a high price for those who can least afford to pay it – the city’s homeless, its street hawkers, and others living on society’s edge.

Rounded up on a regular basis, these ”undesirables” are locked away in Rwanda’s Gikondo Transit Center, where several hundred people may share a room in cramped conditions, supplies of food and water are insufficient, and certain detainees called “counselors” beat other detainees with wooden sticks. A Human Rights Watch researcher speaks about the new report, ‘Why Not Call This Place a Prison?’, and the realities in Gikondo.

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In Macedonia, Unchecked Police Abuse of Migrants

The Macedonian police have verbally and physically abused migrants and asylum seekers at the border and in detention. Macedonia is a key transit country into the European Union, with thousands of asylum seekers and migrants – many of them from Syria, Afghanistan, or Somalia – entering the country every day.

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Iraq: Militia Abuses Mar Fight Against ISIS

Iraqi government-backed militias deliberately destroyed several hundred civilian buildings in Tikrit with no apparent military reason after the withdrawal of the extremist armed group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, from the area.

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Dispatches: Pope Francis’ Message for the US Congress

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This morning Pope Francis delivered a pressing message on dignity before an audience that needed to hear it: the United States Congress.

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Dispatches: Awaiting Sri Lanka’s ‘Courage and Leadership’

“Trust us,” Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva just before the release of a landmark report into atrocities committed during the country’s long civil war, which ended in 2009.

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