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“I am in the middle of interviewing nannies,” a friend who has recently moved to Dubai told me as we talked on the phone yesterday. “The one that I like does not really have experience with children but is a mother herself. Her two young ones are in…
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Injustice Forces us to Initiate Hunger Strike

We, the five persons detained in case no. 313/2011/State Security, currently pending before the Federal Supreme Court, wish to congratulate the people of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the blessed Eid al-Adha and the seventh anniversary of…
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Protecting the health of vulnerable, displaced people

This fall, the European Commission (EC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) began closing down lead-contaminated camps in Kosovo, where displaced Roma were living in abysmal health conditions for a decade. Human Rights Watch…
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As told by Nadim Houry, director of Human Rights Watch's Beirut office It was 2008, and along Hamra Street, one of Beirut's main thoroughfares, women's rights demonstrators had placed a series of identical cutouts shaped like women's bodies. Painted red…
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Human Rights Watch report leads to arrests in Cuska killings

On May 14, 1999, during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian security forces descended on the small village of Cuska in western Kosovo. The armed men rounded up the villagers, all ethnic Albanians, killing some and demanding money and valuables…
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From Lebanon’s advocacy campaign to June’s international convention

As told by Nisha Varia, senior researcher in the Women's Rights Division Each poster in the ad campaign featured a woman in the uniform typically worn by housekeepers and nannies, complete with ruffled apron. Below the image were facts about abuse of…
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A BBC investigation released on April 9 has revealed powerful evidence that the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought for Kosovo's independence in 1998-1999, maintained a network of detention facilities in Kosovo and Albania, where…
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A week after Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the government criticizing abuses against migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates, the prime minister ordered the labor minister to immediately institute reforms based on our recommendations. We…
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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and the Lebanon-based Palestinian Organization for Human Rights (PHRO) recently submitted an unprecedented joint statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council in advance of its special session on the war…
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After Human Rights Watch issued a press release on Israel’s use of cluster munitions in populated areas of Lebanon and sent a letter to the U.S. National Security Advisor, the U.S. State Department blocked the transfer to Israel of 1,300 artillery…
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will legalize unions and collective bargaining to improve labor standards for migrant workers. The announcement of this pending legislation, expected to be in place by the end of the year, immediately…
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On April 14, 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Western Balkans incorporating language written by Human Rights Watch on the importance of fair and effective domestic war crimes trials. Human Rights Watch has consistently pressed the…
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In early July, for the first time, the Serbian parliament adopted a potentially important new law for prosecuting war criminals. The law creates a new post of war crimes prosecutor and identifies a district court in Belgrade to judge war crimes cases.…
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Human Rights Watch continues to press Belgrade to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the impact of our work has begun to be felt in policy and media circles there.
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On June 3 and 4, former Human Rights Watch researcher Fred Abrahams testified in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic. His testimony focused on HRW findings in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, including forced expulsions, mass killings and sexual abuse…
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Individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to hold high positions in the Serbian government and police force, and the Yugoslav army. HRW's 593-page report, "Under Orders: War Crimes in Kosovo," uses statistical methods and…