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Next steps to operationalize the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic

To: The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Members of the Reference Group on the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic (Belgium, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Luxemburg, Mexico, Moroccco, New Zealand, Senegal, Sweden,…
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Letter to Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, Washington, DC

8 civil society organizations of the Central African Republic, write to USAID on the situation in the eastern Mbomou and Haut-Mbomou prefectures of the country affected by the LRA.In the letter, they ask USAID to support projects to improve communications…
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Civil Society Organizations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

16 civil society, human rights, and religious groups in northern Congo and Central African Republic call for solidarity with the populations of central Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. In their call, they describe the situation and outline…
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In October, 2011, the Obama administration said it would send 100 US military advisers to central Africa to help the region’s armies combat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a vicious Ugandan rebel group. Human Rights Watch has pressed the US government…
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On October 30, 2008, justice for victims of atrocities committed during the course of Liberia's long and brutal years of armed conflict took a major step forward in a very unlikely location: Miami, Florida. On that afternoon, an American jury issued its…
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Letter to President François Bozizé

Your Excellency, We write following our mission to Central African Republic (CAR) at your invitation earlier this year. We would like to thank you once again for inviting Human Rights Watch to meet with you and welcome your stated commitment to…
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Letter in advance of a December briefing by the UN envoy for the LRA-affected areas

Dear Ambassador, Amid reports that the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is again brutalizing civilians and in advance of the anticipated December 17 Security Council briefing by the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for the LRA-affected areas, we write…
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On June 20, the special war crimes court for Sierra Leone handed down its first three convictions of members of a rebel group, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. In her sentencing statement, the judge noted that the three convicted were “responsible…
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was captured as he attempted to escape Nigeria on March 29, and he was transferred to the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone. Human Rights Watch played a leading role in pressing government and U.N.…