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Rights Groups Submit Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC, October 5, 2021) – Colombian authorities should ensure independent and impartial investigations against police officers allegedly responsible for the killing of seven protesters during an October 2017 demonstration, Human Rights Watch…
Colombian police officers during an operation in December 2020 to eradicate illicit crops in Tumaco, Nariño state, Colombia. Over three years earlier, in October 2017, seven civilians protesting eradication operations were killed in the same state.
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Rights Groups Urge AU to Deliver on Commitments for Accountability

(Nairobi) – The African Union Commission’s failure to advance justice for the countless victims of atrocities in South Sudan raises concerns about the regional body’s commitment to accountability, 34 South Sudanese, regional, and international rights…
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Human Rights Groups Submit Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC) – Colombian authorities should respect the right of peaceful assembly and ensure independent and impartial investigations of police use of force, including killings against protesters, Human Rights Watch and Robert F. Kennedy Human…
Police detain an anti-government demonstrator during a nationwide strike in Bogota, Colombia, on November 21, 2019.
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Over 400 Killings of Community, Other Leaders Since 2016

(Washington, DC) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet in carrying out policies to prevent them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 127-page…
Indigenous peoples and others participate in a demonstration calling for better government protection of people in the country’s remote communities, on October 21, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia. Indigenous people have been disproportionately affected by killings of human rights defenders in Colombia.
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Failure to Enact Reforms, Ensure Accountability, Emboldens Agency

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese authorities have failed to stem or investigate the appalling abuses by the country’s National Security Service (NSS), Human Rights Watch said in a report published today. Since the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013…
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No Accountability for 24 Detainee Deaths in March

(New York) – A new report by international forensic experts commissioned by Human Rights Watch points to the intentional killing of detainees during a prison riot in March 2020 in Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 21, 24 prisoners…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Ratify UN Treaty; Investigate; Ensure Truth, Justice and Healing

(Nairobi) – South Sudan should investigate the fate and whereabouts of scores of victims of enforced disappearances and those still missing from years of civil war, Human Rights Watch and Remembering the Ones We Lost said today. On August 30, the…
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Salvatore Mancuso Oversaw Large-Scale Abuses, Has Critical Information

(New York) – The Colombian government should urgently exhaust all legal avenues to secure the extradition of a former paramilitary commander, Salvatore Mancuso, from the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. Mancuso, a former top…
Colombian paramilitary warlord Salvatore Mancuso is escorted by US DEA agents on May 13, 2008 upon his arrival to Opa-locka, Florida.
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Government, Ruling Party Should Respect Judicial Independence

(New York) – The Supreme Court’s August 3, 2020 decision to order the pretrial house arrest of former president and senator Alvaro Uribe is a critical test for the rule of law in Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. The administration of President…
Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's former president, attends a debate as a senator at the Congress in Bogota, Colombia, October 3, 2016. © 2016 Reuters
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Effective, Impartial Investigations Needed

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese security forces killed at least five people in Juba on June 3, 2020 during a violent confrontation over a land dispute and subsequent peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should investigate…
Civilians walk past burning tires during a protest in Shirkat, Juba, South Sudan on June 3, 2020.
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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Beatings, Expulsions of Venezuelans, Arbitrary Detentions

(New York) – The Colombian National Police, in a number of instances, abused the mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting throughout the country in late 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Efforts to ensure accountability have been limited.…
Police detain an anti-government demonstrator during a nationwide strike in Bogota, Colombia, on November 21, 2019.
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Restrict Powers, Free Detainees, Hold Violators to Account

South Sudan’s National Assembly should urgently enact reforms of the National Security Service (NSS) to end arbitrary detention and abuse of detainees, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also ensure that the security…
Riek Malul, taken in 2017. © 2017 Private.
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Human Rights Watch Submits Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, Human Rights Watch today. Human Rights Watch submitted an amicus brief in the case to the court on January 30, 2020.…
Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019.
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Killings, Forced Labor, Child Recruitment

(Bogotá) – Armed groups use brutal violence to control peoples’ daily lives in the eastern Colombian province of Arauca and the neighboring Venezuelan state of Apure, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report…
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Uphold Free Expression; Reform National Security Laws

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese authorities should immediately release a journalist who has been arbitrarily detained, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Security Service (NSS) arrested and detained Emmanuel Monychol Akop…
Emmanuel Monychol Akop, Managing Editor of the Dawn Newspaper has been in detention without charge since nov 4, copyright private
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Lack of Communication, Clear Plan Impede Justice

(Nairobi) – South Sudan’s government and the African Union should urgently meet to clarify plans to set up a proposed hybrid court for wartime atrocities, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to both the government and the AU that was…
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Ensure Appeals Are Heard for 2016 Terrain Hotel Case

  (Nairobi) – A missing case file is blocking appeals in the sexual assault case stemming from the July 11, 2016 attack on the Terrain hotel in Juba, South Sudan, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Legal Action…
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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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Reform the National Security Service; Ensure Due Process

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese authorities should unconditionally release six airport officials unlawfully detained without trial since November 2018, or else promptly charge them and release them on bail pending trial, Human Rights Watch…
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