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Honorable Cristina Pardo Schlesinger Justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia Rapporteur of Case T-6.612.909   Case: T-6.612.909 Subject: Human Rights Watch amicus curiae brief …
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As of February 15, 2013, 122 countries have ratified the Rome Statute. In alphabetical order, they are:   Afghanistan 10 February 2003 Albania 31 January 2003 Andorra 30 April 2001 Antigua & Barbuda 18 June 2001 Argentina 8 February…
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Since 1998, Human Rights Watch researchers extensively documented serious human rights violations committed by all warring factions in Sierra Leone, and pressed for the perpetrators of the crimes to be held accountable. Human Rights Watch maintained a…
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The conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia were characterized by extensive use of child soldiers. Until a few years ago it was almost unheard of for an individual commander to face penalties for using child soldiers. Today, recruiting or using children…
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The 14-year armed conflict in Liberia was characterized by serious crimes in violation of international law. Since the end of the conflict in 2003, Liberia has made tangible progress in addressing endemic corruption by creating the legislative framework…
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The devastating eleven-year armed conflict in Sierra Leone was characterized by extreme brutality and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. The majority of the crimes were perpetrated by rebels from the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC…
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Following the end of the conflict in Sierra Leone in 2002, the domestic justice system lacked the capacity to hold perpetrators of crimes accountable. Prompted by a request from Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to the United Nations, the Special…
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The Taylor trial and judgment reflect a major departure from the impunity that heads of state have traditionally enjoyed when they are implicated in the gravest crimes. It also builds on the precedent set by the trial of former Serbian president Slobodan…
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Bosco Ntaganda collaborated with Lubanga as chief of military operations in the Union of Congolese Patriots’ military branch. The ICC has also issued an arrest warrant against him on war crimes charges of conscripting, enlisting and using children in…
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Human Rights Watch has worked strenuously to bring to the world’s attention grave crimes committed by Lubanga’s armed group, the Congolese Patriotic Union, as well as other rebel militias during the conflict in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (…
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  CONTEXT Individuals with disabilities are often assumed to be at lower risk, and thus face lower of HIV infection rates, than their non-disabled peers. They are believed to be asexual, less likely to use drugs or alcohol, and at a lower risk of…
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Amicus Curiae brief filed with the Supreme Court

Human Rights Watch and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed an amicus brief in the case of Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd before the Supreme Court. The case challenges the US government's misuse of the material witness statute to investigate…
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Amicus Curiae provided to the United States Supreme Court in Schwarzenegger v. Plata

INTRODUCTION This case involves ongoing, undisputed, and lethal constitutional violations in the California state prison system.  As the lower court found, and the State does not dispute, “the medical and mental health care available to inmates in the…
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Thematic Briefings

In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses: torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, denial of essential medicines and basic health services…
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Policies that restrict the opportunity of a prisoner to work, to earn "good time" or other credit toward release keep people in prison longer, and thus make little sense, particularly in difficult economic times. In Alabama, incarceration costs an average…