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Eritrea’s human rights situation has not improved since the Council’s 2009 Universal Periodic Review.  Torture, arbitrary detention, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and religious freedom remain routine. Elections have not…
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Proposed Legislation Undermines Free Speech

The Peruvian Congress should reject a legislative proposal that includes overly broad language to criminalize the denial of terrorist crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. President Ollanta Humala proposed the bill in August 2012. In December, two…
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Rights Body Stops Short of Urging Syria Referral to International Criminal Court

The United Nations Human Rights Council took bold action to address the chronically poor human rights situations in Belarus and Eritrea, Human Rights Watch said today, at the closing of the council’s 20th session. The council unanimously condemned the “…
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President Isaias in New York to Demand UN Respect His Rights, Denies Them to His People

(New York) – Ten years after President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea ordered the detention of 21 senior government members and journalists who criticized him, his government should release the detainees or reveal their fate, Human Rights Watch said in a…
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Ten Long Years: A Briefing on Eritrea’s Missing Political Prisoners Summary Methodology Recommendations To the Government of Eritrea To the United Nations, African…
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Eight Win Prestigious Hellman/Hammett Award

(Bangkok) – Eight Vietnamese writers are among a diverse group of 48 writers from 24 countries who have received the prestigious Hellman/Hammett award recognizing writers who demonstrate courage and conviction in the face of political persecution, Human…
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By Leslie Lefkow before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

Thank you, Chairman Payne, and members of the subcommittee, for inviting me to participate in this hearing. My name is Leslie Lefkow. I am a senior researcher with the Africa division of Human Rights Watch and I lead our work on the Horn of Africa. Mr…
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Timing and Circumstances of License Revocation Suggest Censorship

UPDATE: On October 5, 2010, the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications authorized the definitive reopening of Radio Bagua. (Washington, DC) - The Peruvian government's decision this month to revoke the broadcast license of a local radio…
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At Least 32 Confirmed Dead

Ms. Gladys Margot Echaíz Ramos Attorney General of Perú Ministerio Público-Fiscalía De La Nación Av. Abancay Cdra 5 Lima Dear Ms. Echaíz, I am writing to express our deep concern regarding the violent confrontation on June 5 in the province of Bagua…
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A nation once respected for its independence struggle is now disfigured by severe political repression

Eritrea has avoided international attention in recent years in ways that may have protected the Red Sea country's rulers from proper scrutiny but benefit no one else. Even those who recall that the continent's youngest state gained its unlikely…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Justice for past abuses is a leading human rights concern in Peru. While authorities have made some progress in holding accountable those responsible for some abuses committed during its 20-year armed conflict (1980-2000), most perpetrators continue to…
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Kenya, US and Ethiopia Cooperate in Secret Detentions and Renditions

Kenya, Ethiopia, the United States and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia cooperated in a secret detention program for people who had fled the recent conflict in Somalia, Human Rights Watch said today. In a March 22 letter to the Kenyan…
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Thomas Amolo Director of Political Affairs  Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Nairobi, Kenya  Dear Mr. Amolo, Human Rights Watch's research has found that the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, and the United…
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(Washington, DC)-A bill in Peru's Congress allowing the government to interfere with the activities of nongovernmental organizations would undermine human rights protections in Peru, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent to President Alan García on…
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The reform of law 26626 on HIV/AIDS is important, not just because it stipulates that the state must provide treatment to people living with HIV—essentially a step in the right direction. It is also important because the reformed law would force all…