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UK troops who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity overseas, can still be prosecuted in UK courts. In May the UK government reversed course on a plan that would have effectively immunized from prosecution UK forces who allegedly committed…
The International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands, November 7, 2019. 
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British Authorities Have Dismal Record of Addressing War Crimes

(London) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s decision to close a preliminary examination of alleged war crimes by British forces in Iraq is likely to fuel the perception of a double standard in international justice, Human Rights…
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Enact Legislation Protecting Those Most At Risk

(London) – The government of the United Kingdom is stalling on establishing a robust legal framework to address violence against women and girls even as reported domestic abuse spikes during the pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today.  …
People walk past a graffiti reading ‘End abuse against women’ on Euston Road, in London, Friday March 6, 2020.
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UK Court Concludes They Were Abducted, Forced Back to Dubai

(Beirut) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should secure the freedom of two daughters of the ruler of Dubai, who a United Kingdom court found are being confined against their will, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 5, 2020, a UK family…
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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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Today the Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, published its report on lessons to be learned from the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Iraq war. The following comment can be attributed to Clive Baldwin, senior legal advisor at Human…
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Restore Right of Domestic Workers to Change Employers

(London) – The House of Lords should amend the Modern Slavery Bill to restore the right for migrant domestic workers to change employers, Human Rights Watch and the United Kingdom charity Kalayaan said today. The bill is being considered in the House of…
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Allow Employees to Change Employer to Escape Abuse

(London) – The United Kingdom House of Lords should amend a draft law on “modern slavery” to include protections from abuse for migrant domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said today. The upper chamber of the UK parliament is scheduled to begin its…
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Don’t Dismiss Reports of Forced Labor, Exploitation

(London) – The UK government should address, not dismiss, evidence that employers have abused migrant domestic workers in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the UK charity Kalayaan said today. A draft law before parliament is aimed at combating forced labor…
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UK Government Should Abolish ‘Tied Visa’ to Protect Workers, Prevent Forced Labor

(London) – Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect…
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Autonomy, Accountability, and Monitoring of Funding Central to Summit Success

(London) – Sexual and reproductive health and rights should be at the center of all efforts to meet reproductive health needs, including family planning, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with Amnesty International, the Center for…
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European Court Says UK Violated Rights of Iraqis in Killings case

(London) - A European Court of Human Rights ruling on July 7, 2011, in a case involving the killings of Iraqi civilians by UK soldiers, is a landmark judgment in the universal application of human rights, seven UK and international human rights groups…
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UK Prosecution Preferable to Extradition

(London) - The United Kingdom should prosecute four Rwandans accused of participating in genocide instead of sending them to Rwanda for trial, said Human Rights Watch today. An extradition hearing for the four, who are being sought by the Rwandan…
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Joint Press Release by the Parliamentary Human Rights Group, TAPOL the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, Amnesty International, Progressio, and Human Rights Watch

(London) - British parliamentarians who campaigned for human rights in Timor-Leste (then East Timor) were today urged to press the UK government for action on key recommendations of a landmark report on violations committed in Timor-Leste. The…
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‘Universal Jurisdiction’ Prosecutions Bring Justice for Victims

(Brussels) – Prosecutors in Europe are using the concept of universal jurisdiction to pursue foreign war criminals in national courts, a strategy that is gaining momentum across the continent and should be expanded, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Former Liberian President Arrives in the Netherlands for War Crimes Trial

(New York) - With the transfer of Charles Taylor to The Hague for trial, the U.N.-backed war crimes court for Sierra Leone and its donors must ensure that the former Liberian president’s trial remains accessible to the people of West Africa, Human Rights…
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Court, Donors Must Make a Hague Trial Accessible to West Africans

(New York) - The British government's decision today to offer detention facilities for Charles Taylor if he is convicted removes the main obstacle to relocating the former Liberian president's trial to The Hague, Human Rights Watch said today. On March…
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(New York, July 7, 2005) —The bomb attacks in London today were an assault on the fundamental principle of respect for civilian life, and those responsible for this atrocity must be apprehended and brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said today. At…
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U.N.-Backed Court Makes Great Strides, But Key Concerns Remain

(New York) - The U.N.-backed court for war crimes in Sierra Leone needs funding to ensure justice for victims of atrocities committed during the country's 11-year civil war, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. The Special Court for Sierra…