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Submission for the 9th UPR session (December 2010)

I. Summary Since the end of its 14-year conflict in 2003, Liberia has made tangible progress in addressing endemic corruption, creating the legislative framework for respect for human rights, and facilitating economic growth, but little headway in…

Protection of Civilians and Accountability Essential to Lasting Peace and Security

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should focus on the protection of civilians, justice, and human rights during its upcoming visit to Africa, from May 14-21, 2009, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the council member states.…
Dear Ambassador, We write in advance of your visit to Africa to highlight key human rights concerns relevant to the Great Lakes region, Liberia, and in your meetings with the African Union, with suggested action points. Great Lakes region Democratic…

States Avoid Serious Discussion of Rights in Algeria, Tunisia

(Geneva) – The first session of the new country review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council was undermined by inconsistencies and the timidity of some governments in reviewing others, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2008 the council…

Will Assess India, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and 12 Others

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council will begin a new review process on April 7, 2008. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the most innovative and ambitious instrument of the council and was set up to assess the human rights performance of all 192 UN…

Secretary-General to Address ICC Meeting at UN Headquarters

(New York) - The United Nations secretariat and the 105 states that have joined the International Criminal Court should step up support for the court so that it can bring justice for war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today as the ICC opens its annual…

Nigeria Must Hand Suspect to War Crimes Court

(New York) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took a landmark step for justice and accountability in West Africa when she formally asked Nigeria to surrender former president Charles Taylor to face trial, Human Rights Watch said today. President…

U.N. Security Council Must Take Urgent Action on Investigation, Sanctions

(New York, October 28, 2005) — In anticipation of renewed fighting with rebel forces, the Ivorian government is recruiting Liberian children alongside hundreds of other former combatants in Liberia’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. Since…

World Leaders Must Fulfill Millennium Target for Primary Education

(New York) - Children around the world face systematic barriers to schooling that are undermining global progress towards universal primary education, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released ahead of the U.N. World Summit. Human Rights Watch…

During West Africa Visit, Louise Arbour Should Put Justice High on Her Agenda

(New York) - During her visit to West Africa this week, the United Nations’ top human rights official, Louise Arbour, should press for ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor’s surrender to the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against…

Security Council to Be Briefed on Progress of Sierra Leone’s U.N.-Backed War Crimes Court

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should work toward the prompt surrender of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to Sierra Leone’s U.N.-backed war crimes court, Human Rights Watch said today. This morning the Security Council will be…

Hold Ivorian Authorities, Liberian Accomplices Accountable for Recruitment in Liberia

(New York) — The government of Côte d’Ivoire has recruited hundreds of recently demobilized combatants in Liberia, including scores of children under 18, to fight alongside Ivorian government forces, Human Rights Watch said today. Last week, witnesses…

 Bringing Justice: the Special Court for Sierra Leone
 Accomplishments,Shortcomings, and Needed Support
 I. Introduction
 II. Brief
 Overview of the Establishment of the Special Court

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…