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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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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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Host Countries Should Cease Forced Returns of Eritrean Refugees

(London) - Eritrea's extensive detention and torture of its citizens and its policy of prolonged military conscription are creating a human rights crisis and prompting increasing numbers of Eritreans to flee the country, Human Rights Watch said in a…
Eritrean soldiers march during the country's Independence Day in Asmara in this May 24, 2007 file photo. One of Africa's newest and smallest nations has one of the largest armies in the region. But this is due to national service that continues for many y
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Summary There was jubilation among Eritreans when Eritrea formally gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a bloody 30-year war. Sixteen years later the dreams that the independent state would be democratic and rights…
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Egyptian Authorities Should Give UN Refugee Agency Access to Detained Migrants

(New York, January 8, 2009) - Egypt should immediately halt deportations of Eritrean asylum seekers to their home country, where they face detention and the risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt has forcibly returned home more than 45…
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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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Human Rights Watch Testimony at a Hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, for providing Human Rights Watch this opportunity to voice our concerns about the dire, and deteriorating, human rights and humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa, and particularly in regard 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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(Santiago) — Following the arrest today in Santiago of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, the Chilean authorities must ensure that extradition proceedings are carried out fairly and expeditiously, Human Rights Watch said. Fujimori, who governed…
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Government Must Implement More Effective Witness-Protection Program

(Lima, Peru) — An attempt to kill a key witness in an upcoming torture trial highlights the Peruvian government’s failure to provide adequate protection for those planning to testify against military officers, Human Rights Watch said today. The shooting…
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(Washington D.C.) - The Peruvian government must take immediate steps to protect a threatened witness in a key torture prosecution, Human Rights Watch said today. Luis Alberto Ramírez Hinostroza has been a critical witness on military torture in the 1990s…
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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…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and Abuse of Girls Risks to Women and Girls in…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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The second reign of MILTON OBOTE as President of Uganda (1980-1985) is thought to have even exceeded the brutality of the Amin era. Estimates of civilians killed by Obote's forces in the Luwero triangle around the capital, Kampala, range from 100,000 to…