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End Detention in Shelters, Provide More Support

(Abuja) – Many survivors of sex and labor trafficking struggle with unaddressed health challenges, poverty, and abhorrent conditions upon their return to Nigeria. Nigerian authorities have failed to provide the assistance that survivors need to…
A woman from Cameroon sits with her baby in a private shelter in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Many Still Unaccounted For; Abductions Continue

(Abuja) – The five-year anniversary of the Chibok school abduction is a reminder that schoolchildren remain vulnerable to attacks and abductions by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria’s beleaguered northeast region. The lack of…
One of the kidnapped Chibok girls celebrates with a family member following her release in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.
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Privacy Violations in Intercepting, Retaining, Sharing Data With NSA

Human Rights Watch and three anonymous individuals filed a complaint today over surveillance by the United Kingdom. The complaint by Human Rights Watch to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) charges its rights had been violated…
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Networks Freely Move Women, Girls Across West Africa

(Dakar) - Authorities in Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria should investigate and close down networks that traffic Nigerian women and girls to Côte d'Ivoire for forced prostitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also called for collaboration…
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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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Justice in Sight for Victims

(New York) – The transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone is an enormous step toward ensuring justice for atrocities in West Africa.     After disappearing on Monday evening from Calabar,…
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Liberia’s Ex-Leader Must Be Found and Sent to Trial

(Dakar) – Nigeria must immediately call for and accept international assistance to detain Charles Taylor, the indicted war criminal and former Liberian president who appears to have fled from exile in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said today. International…
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Sierra Leone Marks 15th Anniversary of Conflict

(Lagos) – Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should promptly comply with Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf’s request for former Liberian President Charles Taylor to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against Impunity said…
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Nigeria Must Hand Suspect to War Crimes Court

(New York) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took a landmark step for justice and accountability in West Africa when she formally asked Nigeria to surrender former president Charles Taylor to face trial, Human Rights Watch said today. President…
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New Liberian President Meets with Nigerian President; Justice Crucial for West Africa

(Lagos) – When Liberia’s newly elected president visits Abuja on Friday, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should announce that Nigeria will promptly surrender Charles Taylor to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against…
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Taylor’s Surrender to Special Court Critical for Justice, Rule of Law in West Africa

(Monrovia) – Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, should take prompt action to ensure that former Liberian President Charles Taylor is surrendered to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against Impunity said today in an open letter…
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Human Rights Watch and Other Groups Call for Accountability

(New York) – African and international civil society groups are today launching a campaign urging the African Union Assembly to demonstrate its human rights commitment when it meets in Libya next week by ensuring that Charles Taylor faces justice for the…
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Charles Taylor Not Immune from Prosecution, Child Recruitment a Punishable Crime

(New York) - A landmark ruling today by Sierra Leone's war crimes court removes any legal basis for Nigeria continuing to harbor former Liberian president Charles Taylor.      The Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled that sitting heads of state are not…
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U.N., U.S. Should Urge Nigeria to Hand Over Liberian Ex-President

(New York) - The United Nations and the United States should explicitly call on Nigeria to turn former Liberian President Charles Taylor over to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Human Rights Watch said today. On Wednesday, the Special Court will…
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The insecurity plaguing Baghdad and other Iraqi cities has a distinct and debilitating impact on the daily lives of women and girls, preventing them from participating in public life at a crucial time in their country's history, Human Rights Watch said in…
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(New York, August 29, 2001) - Caste-based discrimination blights the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, and the World Conference Against Racism should have the issue squarely on its agenda, Human Rights Watch urged in a new report…