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Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d'Ivoire

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Independent Expert’s engagement on Côte d’Ivoire after more than a decade of grave human rights abuses committed largely during episodes of political violence and armed conflict. In his first report, the Independent Expert…
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Former President Gbagbo Charged With Crimes Against Humanity

Late in the afternoon on November 29, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo was removed from his prison cell in the dusty northern town of Korhogo and served with an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was then put aboard a…
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(New York) - Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara apprehended Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on April 11, 2011. "Gbagbo has been credibly implicated in crimes against humanity and other atrocities for which he should be held to account," said Daniel Bekele,…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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On October 30, 2008, justice for victims of atrocities committed during the course of Liberia's long and brutal years of armed conflict took a major step forward in a very unlikely location: Miami, Florida. On that afternoon, an American jury issued its…
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On June 20, the special war crimes court for Sierra Leone handed down its first three convictions of members of a rebel group, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. In her sentencing statement, the judge noted that the three convicted were “responsible…
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was captured as he attempted to escape Nigeria on March 29, and he was transferred to the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone. Human Rights Watch played a leading role in pressing government and U.N.…
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Testimony of Corinne Dufka before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, Africa Subcommittee

I want to thank Chairman Royce and ranking member Payne for inviting my organization, Human Rights Watch, to address the Africa Subcommittee about the important topic we are addressing here today: Combating War Crimes in Africa. My name is Corinne Dufka.…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has presented a bill to his congress that would allow paramilitaries who have committed atrocities to skip prison for a fee. Among them are men that have ordered and carried out the killings of thousands of Colombian…
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Testimony of Janet Fleischman before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding these important hearings and for inviting me to testify. My name is Janet Fleischman, and I am the Washington Director for Africa of Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch has monitored the human rights situation in…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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A Briefing Paper to the U.N. Security Council

Liberia: Upsurge in Fighting and Humanitarian CrisisCôte d'Ivoire: On the PrecipiceGuineaSierra Leone    The Sierra Leone Special CourtProtection of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and ECOWAS NationalsChild SoldiersUse of Proxy Forces and Support…
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The visit of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to Colombia on December 3 and 4 marks an important opportunity to advance human rights and the rule of law in that country. In recent weeks, the United States has taken a number of steps towards that…
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Memorandum for the United Nations “Arria Formula” Meeting

After ten years, the devastating civil war in Sierra Leone appears to be over. The signs of hope are many: over 47,000 combatants have been demobilized; thousands of refugees are returning home; civilians abducted from their villages during rebel attacks…
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Testimony of Binaifer Nowrojee before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, Africa Subcommittee

IntroductionHuman Rights Concerns in Sierra Leone &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(1) Accountability for Past Abuses &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(2) Rebuilding the Judiciary and Law Reform &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(3) Training and…