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Hold Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Accountable, Allow Aid to Displaced People

A delegation of religious leaders, women’s rights activists, and civil society groups representing the Kachin, Shan, and Ta’ang ethnic nationalities from Burma (Myanmar) completed a visit to London and Brussels today, in which they called for action to…
People displaced in the conflict between the Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army are seen at a church in Tanai Township, Kachin State, Burma, June 14, 2017.
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Statement made under Item 3

Human Rights Watch shares the concerns of the High Commissioner about the global refugee crisis. As we have repeatedly emphasized, the crisis is less one of capacity than of political will. EU Interior Ministers failed to reach consensus at their…
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During its Consideration of the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of the United States of America CAT 53rd Session

I. Summary   Human Rights Watch would like to express its appreciation to the United Nations Committee against Torture (the “Committee”) for this opportunity to provide information on the compliance of the…
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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Under Item 10

The deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, which took over from African Union forces on September 15, is a positive step in enhancing civilian protection in the Central African Republic. But serious human rights violations continue. In…
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Oral Statement Delivered Under Item 10

South Sudan’s new war is characterized by horrific attacks on civilians, often because of their ethnicity and presumed allegiances. The abuses began with widespread and systematic attacks against and killings of Nuer in the capital Juba, ethnically…
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Oral Statement Delivered Under Item 10

In the past 15 months, the people of Central African Republic have suffered an unprecedented wave of bloodshed and violence, at the hands of the Seleka fighters and the anti-balaka militias. The crimes include murder, deliberate attacks on the civilian…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10

The human rights situation in Somalia, particularly in the south-central part of the country, remains dire. The Islamist armed group al-Shabaab continues to commit serious abuses including targeted killings, executions and punishments amounting to torture…
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During its Consideration of the Fourth Periodic Report of the United States

Human Rights Watch submitted this statement in advance of the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s upcoming pre-sessional review of the United States. We hope that the points raised in this submission will inform the Committee’s understanding of the US…
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Common Position Resulting from the Workshop Held in Dungu, Haut Uele, Orientale Province, DR Congo on October 20 to 23, 2011

From October 20 to 23, Human Rights Watch and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Dungu (CDJP) hosted a four-day workshop in Dungu, northern Democratic Republic of Congo, to consider the continued threat to civilians by the Ugandan…