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On January 31, 2020, the administration of President Donald Trump announced the reversal of US prohibitions on landmine production and use. The decision nullifies years of steps by the US to align its policy and practice with the 1997 treaty banning…
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Detainee Rights, Indiscriminate Attacks, Treatment of Displaced People

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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters on their way to Raqqa, Syria June 6, 2017© 2017 Reuters
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President-elect Should Leave Divisive Rhetoric Behind and Set New Tone

(Washington, DC) – United States President-elect Donald Trump should abandon campaign rhetoric that seemed to reject many of the United States’ core human rights obligations and put rights at the heart of his administration’s domestic and foreign policy…
US President-elect Donald Trump addresses supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, November 9, 2016.
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In theory, the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is supposed to give the public timely access to information about government. In practice? Not so much, it would appear.
 
 A recent Associated Press report suggests the public is facing greater…
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On his way to the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York last month, President Barack Obama stopped at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he announced a ban on U.S. use of antipersonnel landmines everywhere except the Korean Peninsula due to its…
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Question and Answer Document Outlines the New Policies

(Washington, DC) – Two recent policy statements bring the United States closer to aligning its policy with the 1997 treaty banning landmines, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing a question-and-answer document about the policy changes. The new…
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This Q & A was first issued on August 4, 2014 and updated on October 3, 2014 to reflect new policy.
 
 On September 23, 2014, the United States government announced a new policy with a commitment not to use antipersonnel landmines outside of…
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Pledge Not to Use Antipersonnel Mines Falls Short

(Washington, DC) – The Obama administration’s commitment to stop using antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except in the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but doesn’t go far enough to join the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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After an agonizing five-year wait, the US announced the initial results of its landmine policy review on June 27, the final day of the Mine Ban Treaty’s Third Review Conference in Mozambique. A Questions and Answers paper issued this week by Human Rights…
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On June 27, 2014, the United States government announced a new policy foreswearing future production or acquisition of antipersonnel landmines. It said the Defense Department will conduct a detailed study of alternatives to antipersonnel mines and the…
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A Pledge Not to Produce or Acquire More Stocks

(Maputo) – The Obama administration has made a commitment to take several steps that may ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today. The US Ambassador to Mozambique made the announcement on June 27,…
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Decision on Mine Ban Treaty ‘Under Review’ Since 2009

(Washington, DC) – The administration of President Barack Obama should conclude a five-year-long policy review and announce a decision to join the treaty to ban landmines. In March 2014, Human Rights Watch urged President Obama to announce the results of…
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She was just six when a landmine exploded beneath her in a Cambodian rice paddy, destroying her right leg. We met when she was barely a teenager as she started advocating a ban on the weapon responsible and went on to play a central role in the…