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Concrete Plans Needed to Address Climate Crisis, Protect Rights

(London) – G7 member countries should take immediate and concrete action to end fossil fuel subsidies, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-answer document released today. Ending these subsidies is key to countries meeting their human rights…
A Uniper coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery steam beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 16, 2020. © 2020 Martin Meissner/AP Photo
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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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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…
Iraq Inquiry Report 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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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…
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U.S. Seeks U.N. Resolution to Exclude Its Troops from War Crimes Prosecutions

(London) - Britain should not rally behind U.S. demands for the renewal of a U.N. Security Council resolution that grants U.S. troops serving in U.N. forces immunity from international war crimes prosecutions. The United States recently demanded a vote…
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U.S. Failure to Protect Sites, Establish Exhumation Process

A survivor who escaped after he was left for dead in a mass grave in March 1991 linked the thousands of victims unearthed earlier this month to systematic mass killings by Iraqi Special Republican Guards and Ba'th Party officials, Human Rights Watch said…
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An International Tribunal for Iraq

Just as the showdown over Iraq strained trans-Atlantic relations, so efforts to mend those relations risk straining human rights principles. Having refused to endorse the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, France, Germany and their allies now face retribution…
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(New York) – The conduct of all warring parties in Iraq will be under unprecedented scrutiny and they should strictly adhere to the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing letters to the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom…
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An Affront to His Victims

(London) - Any formal offer of guaranteed immunity for Saddam Hussein would be a travesty of justice.    Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, this week proposed in the House of Commons that there could be "a United Nations Security Council…
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(New York) - Prime Minister Tony Blair’s trip to West Africa this week presents a major opportunity for the British government to affirm its commitment to human rights and to bring international attention to some of the most pressing issues on the…
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International Criminal Court Closer Than Ever to Reality

(New York) - The United Kingdom's ratification of the International Criminal Court treaty is especially significant because the U.K. is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and close ally of the United States.     The United Kingdom…