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(Brussels) - European Union leaders during 2014 were too often willing to sideline human rights at home when expedient in a year marked by success for populist and Eurosceptic parties in European Parliament elections and beyond, Human Rights Watch said…
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  We've just heard that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has "postponed" his visit to Prague, scheduled to start on February 20. This follows a campaign by over 30 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, to get the visit cancelled. The announcement is…
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When Uzbekistan’s authoritarian ruler, Islam Karimov, flies into Prague later this month, he will land at Václav Havel Airport. Yes, a man who is currently jailing thousands of political prisoners will arrive at a place named after one of the most famous…
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In Central Asia, traditions of hospitality dictate that who you invite into your home says as much about you as it does about your guest. The same is surely no less true in Central Europe. So when applied to diplomacy, what is Czech President Milos Zeman…
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(Nairobi) – Somali authorities should order a new, impartial, and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union (AU) soldiers. The case has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and…
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An Afghan migrant is stabbed in the heart on the streets of Athens. Black-shirted paramilitaries linked to Hungary’s third-largest political party march through a Roma neighborhood shouting, “You will die here.” A neo-Nazi gang commits a string of murders…
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A note from Human Rights Watch: Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright who fought communist oppression to become president of his country, passed away on Sunday December 18. Havel inspired the Czech people, and millions more across Eastern Europe, to stand up…
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(New York) – Human Rights Watch is deeply saddened by the death of Vaclav Havel, the playwright, political dissident and former Czech president who died on December 18, 2011. “Havel inspired his people, and millions more across eastern Europe, to stand up…
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(London) - The government of Djibouti should immediately end its systematic crackdown on peaceful critics and the political opposition, Human Rights Watch said today.  Presidential elections are scheduled for April 8, 2011, but since February, the…