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In a moment when some countries have stepped back on LGBT rights, a January 9th decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has opened a window of opportunity for Latin America to lead the way.   In a landmark…
People celebrate after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights called on Costa Rica and Latin America to recognize equal marriage, in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 9, 2018. The sign reads: "The court said yes".
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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about.  Trump…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.
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If leaders of the M23 rebels are allowed to reintegrate into the Congolese army, the message will be clear: rape, pillage and murder will go unpunished. On Nov. 19, armed men from a rebel group called the M23 were looking for a prominent civil…
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Despite supporting a brutal rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is about to take a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Few countries dare challenge the Security Council the way Rwanda does; even fewer get away with it. Yet on…
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Mr. Makhtar Diop Vice President for Africa World Bank 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA Cc: Ms. Carrie Turk, Country Manager, Rwanda Board of Executive Directors Re: Concerns About World Bank Financing in Rwanda Dear Vice President Diop…
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Rebel leader Thomas Lubanga may now be in jail, but Rwanda continues to support his co-accused, Bosco Ntaganda

The sentencing on Tuesday of Thomas Lubanga, a rebel leader from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was a rare victory for Congolese victims of atrocities. There have been few occasions during my 13 years of documenting abuses in Congo by Lubanga and…
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Joseph Kony, Thomas Lubanga and Charles Taylor are just the tip of the iceberg. The use of children as soldiers extends far beyond Africa. Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty…
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This is not a letter from Human Rights Watch, but we believe the content of the letter is a courageous step by dozens of Congolese NGOs to end the culture of impunity and we applaud their efforts

His Excellency President Joseph Kabila Kabange, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Goma, February 19, 2009 With our highest respect, Your Excellency, As the representatives of 51 Congolese NGOs in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,…
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Letter to Secretary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Department of State Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Clinton, We are writing to request that the United States government use all means at its disposal, including a public statement, to encourage the government…
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Letter to all EU Foreign Ministers

Brussels Dear Foreign Minister, We are writing to express Human Rights Watch's deep disappointment that the European Union (EU) has not publicly called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to arrest Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the…
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H.E. President Joseph Kabila Kabange Gombe, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo New York Your Excellency, Human Rights Watch writes to express its deep concern that your government is considering appointing Bosco Ntaganda to a senior position in…