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Since 1998, Human Rights Watch researchers extensively documented serious human rights violations committed by all warring factions in Sierra Leone, and pressed for the perpetrators of the crimes to be held accountable. Human Rights Watch maintained a…
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The conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia were characterized by extensive use of child soldiers. Until a few years ago it was almost unheard of for an individual commander to face penalties for using child soldiers. Today, recruiting or using children…
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The 14-year armed conflict in Liberia was characterized by serious crimes in violation of international law. Since the end of the conflict in 2003, Liberia has made tangible progress in addressing endemic corruption by creating the legislative framework…
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The devastating eleven-year armed conflict in Sierra Leone was characterized by extreme brutality and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. The majority of the crimes were perpetrated by rebels from the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC…
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Following the end of the conflict in Sierra Leone in 2002, the domestic justice system lacked the capacity to hold perpetrators of crimes accountable. Prompted by a request from Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to the United Nations, the Special…
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The Taylor trial and judgment reflect a major departure from the impunity that heads of state have traditionally enjoyed when they are implicated in the gravest crimes. It also builds on the precedent set by the trial of former Serbian president Slobodan…
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The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the brutal and corrupt dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Human Rights…
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Summary The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who presides over an…
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Fact sheet issued by IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute

IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute distributed this fact sheet on why Drug Policy is an issue for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to members of the council at its March 2009 session.
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IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute issued three fact sheets on human rights and drug policy to coincide with day one of the regular session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This document outlines the key reasons why human…
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IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute issued three fact sheets on human rights and drug policy to coincide with day one of the regular session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This document outlines the key reasons why…
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Fact sheet issued by IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute

IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute released three fact sheet on human rights and drug policy on day one of the regular session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This document outlines the key reasons why international drug policy…
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An overview of multi-lateral endorsement of harm reduction policy and practice

Human Rights Watch and the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) prepared this overview of harm reduction policy and practice to help UN member states in the current negotiations over a Political Declaration that has to be adopted in March 2009…
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The newly-established United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is charged with overseeing and addressing the human rights situation around the world. Created in March 2006 the Council has 47 state members. It replaces the UN Commission on Human Rights…
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The task of the intergovernmental working group on review of mandates is wide-ranging and important. The following six key points should help guide the working group’s review: The independence of the special procedures must be respected. The…
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Human Rights Watch's Concerns

With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility. Sudan, which was re-elected to the Commission last…
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The Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects represents a crucial opportunity to address the urgent problem of the spread and abuse of small arms and light weapons, the weapons of choice for forces that have…