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The scars ran deep. His back was a maze of thick welts, thinner scars and parts that resembled small craters. His wrists and ankles were raw from where he’d been shackled and suspended from a ceiling for hours, and his limbs appeared…
Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018. © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters
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July 17, the Day of International Criminal Justice, is the anniversary of the Rome Statute, which paved the way for the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Anniversaries are often cause for celebration, but the ICC—the world’s…
The International Criminal Court premises in The Hague. © 2016 Human Rights Watch
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Sofiane Chourabi, a Tunisian journalist emblematic of Tunisia’s struggle for free speech and media independence, and his cameraman, Nadhir Ktari, have been missing since an unidentified group reportedly seized them in Libya last September. On…
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It’s been a year now since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the massive US and UK spying operations sent much of the world into a tailspin. The US has taken some modest steps toward reform. But the initial steps taken across the Atlantic only serve to…
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The Arab uprisings have been a poignant reminder of how the Internet can promote free expression and assembly, but also how governments can try abuse it. The medium used by demonstrators to organize protests and bring medical supplies to Tahrir Square,…
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In the aftermath of the country’s historic election, Fred Abrahams writes about the daunting challenge Libya faces as it hopes to build a functional state.

The General Secretary of Libya’s General People’s Congress—the country’s equivalent of the prime minister—sat on the edge of a soft, green couch and told us how Libya wanted good relations with the West. Above him on the wall loomed a six-foot high…
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Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) warmly accepted the international community's military and political support for dislodging the Qaddafi government, and vowed to build a new state that would respect human rights. But it seems to be veering off…
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How we found Muammar al-Qaddafi's secret trove of private photographs – and what they tell us about his long, sordid, and curious rule. The glass crunched under our boots as we walked through the abandoned compound of Muammar al-Qaddafi's military…
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The Libya Commission of Inquiry has enormous amounts of work.  The list of human rights violations committed during the six-month conflict – which has yet to end – is long, and the abuses involved intense. As the forces of Muammar Gaddafi retreated from…
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When the United Nations Security Council unanimously referred the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court prosecutor on Feb. 26, it made clear that impunity for crimes against humanity threatens international peace and security. The…
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Delivered on June 9, 2011 by Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch welcomes the report of the Libya Commission of Inquiry, which has rightly highlighted serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.  We believe the Commission…
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I recently went to Tripoli, where we held a news conference to release a report about human rights in Libya. That's right - a public event in Libya's capital at which Human Rights Watch staff sharply criticized the government led by Muammar el-Gaddafi.…
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Libya's first independent press conference on human rights hints at possible political reform

As a researcher for Human Rights Watch, I travelled to Libya last month for a press conference marking the publication of our latest report about the country. It was an unprecedented occasion. The press conference was attended by Libyan and international…
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The Nigerian government, which is proudly hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today needs to get its own house in order before it can claim credibility in terms of human rights. Despite President Olusegun Obasanjo's leading…
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From everything we have heard from Tony Blair in recent days and weeks, it seems unlikely that he will wish to ask Vladimir Putin difficult questions when the two leaders meet at Downing Street today. On the contrary. The Prime Minister seems eager to go…