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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
September 3, 2015
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The Refugee Crisis That Isn’t

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By Kenneth Roth
Huffington Post

European leaders may differ about how to respond to the asylum-seekers and migrants surging their way, but they seem to agree they face a crisis of enormous proportions. But before we get carried away by their apocalyptic rhetoric, we should recognize that if there is a crisis, it is one of politics, not capacity.

This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The European Union's population is roughly 500 million. The latest estimate of the numbers of people using irregular means to enter Europe this year via the Mediterranean or the Balkans is approximately 340,000. In other words, the influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population.

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Why I Shared a Horrific Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child


By Peter Bouckaert

I thought long and hard before I retweeted the photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi. It shows the lifeless toddler, lying face down on a popular Turkish beach, one of eleven Syrians who have almost certainly died as they tried to reach safety in Europe by boarding a smuggler’s boat.

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Trial of Bosco Ntaganda for Congo Crimes

The opening of the trial of Bosco Ntaganda on September 2, 2015, at the International Criminal Court sends the message that elusive suspects in grave international crimes may someday be brought to justice.

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Dispatches: Alarm Bells Over Abuse as Venezuela Expels Colombians


By José Miguel Vivanco

The state of emergency President Nicolás Maduro declared days ago for the Venezuelan border area should have raised red flags internationally. But it didn’t, and credible allegations of human rights violations are on the rise.

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On Its Own Human Rights Record, US Often Says ‘No’

By Antonio Ginatta

In a dry document, quietly posted Tuesday to a United States State Department website, the US rattled down a list of issues that it didn’t consider to be its human rights obligations.

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