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Case Studies of Colombia, United Kingdom, Georgia, Guinea

(The Hague) – The prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has important leverage to encourage countries to investigate and prosecute grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
Relatives hold pictures of their beloved during a March 6, 2009 march in Bogota against the “false positive” killings and enforced disappearances.
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Peace Without Justice Not Sustainable

Colombia will only achieve sustainable peace by protecting victims’ right to justice, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of peace talks between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. The talks will…
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(Washington, DC) – The killing of four captive members of the Colombian security forces by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) shows the guerrilla group’s blatant disregard for human life and the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Former President’s Trial Likely to Advance Justice, Rule of Law

(Lima) - Today's conviction of Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, is a major advance for human rights accountability in the region and beyond, Human Rights Watch said today. A three-judge panel of the Peruvian Supreme Court found Fujimori guilty…
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Former Peruvian President’s Trial for Human Rights Abuses Is Coming to a Close

The trial of former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru for human rights abuses has been conducted in a fair and thorough manner, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released an eight-page question-and-answer document concerning the case and…
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(Washington, DC) – The 35-year sentence for grave human rights abuses of the former head of Peru’s intelligence service is an important step for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Gen. Julio Salazar Monroe, former head of the National Intelligence…
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In a landmark case, the Chilean Supreme Court announced on September 21 its decision to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to Peru to face trial for human rights abuses. Fujimori is charged in the killings of 25 people in two separate…
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Chile's extradition of former president Alberto Fujimori back to Peru to stand trial on allegations of death squad killings and corruption shows that the world is becoming a smaller place for people who commit atrocities. Until recently, if you killed one…
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(New York) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made the case for Chile’s membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council during a visit to Human Rights Watch’s New York headquarters today. “We believe that Chile has something to say and something…
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Former Peruvian President to Face Charges for Role in Massacres

(Santiago) – The Chilean Supreme Court’s decision to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to Peru to face trial for human rights abuses is welcome and unprecedented, said Human Rights Watch today. Human Rights Watch noted that this is…
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Judge’s Ruling Ignores Critical Evidence

(Washington, DC) — The ruling by Chilean Judge Orlando Alvarez denying Peru’s request for the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is fundamentally flawed, Human Rights Watch said today. The decision made on July 11, 2007 cannot be…
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On June 7, the Chilean Supreme Court’s chief prosecutor recommended the extradition of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who is charged in Peru with murder, torture, and forced disappearances, as well as with multiple charges of corruption and…
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On October 31 former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested and charged with torture, a landmark step toward justice for the thousands of victims who were tortured thirty years ago under his regime. Through reports, op-eds, press releases, and…
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Decision on Peruvian Ex-President’s Extradition from Chile Is Imminent

(Washington, DC) – Today the Chilean judge overseeing the extradition proceedings for former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori closed the investigative period when parties are allowed to present evidence, but Fujimori has failed to respond to evidence…
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(Washington, DC) – The arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, who for the first time faces prosecution for torture, is a milestone in the struggle for justice in Chile, Human Rights Watch said today. Pinochet is charged with the torture of 23 people…
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Peru’s Ex-President Must Face Extradition

(New York) – Chile must minimize the risk that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will flee Chile to avoid his extradition to Peru on charges of corruption and human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Yesterday Fujimori was released…
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Failure to Disclose Pseudonyms in Humala Case Reflects a Deeper Problem

(Washington, DC) - Peru's military has systematically failed to provide courts and prosecutors with the identities of military personnel under investigation for human rights abuses committed during the country's armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in…
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Evidence Justifies Former President’s Extradition to Peru

(Santiago) — A body of evidence implicating former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in serious human rights crimes and corruption warrants his extradition from Chile to Peru, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. “Fujimori has…
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(Santiago) — Following the arrest today in Santiago of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, the Chilean authorities must ensure that extradition proceedings are carried out fairly and expeditiously, Human Rights Watch said. Fujimori, who governed…
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Interviews Expose Fatal Flaws in Government Approach

Colombia’s demobilization process is strengthening the power of paramilitary groups without furthering a genuine peace, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Drawing on interviews with numerous demobilized paramilitaries, the report is…
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