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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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H.E. Dr. Jean Ping Chairperson, African Union Commission Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Your Excellency, In advance of the 17th African Union Summit, scheduled for June 23- July 1, 2011 in Malabo, we are writing to provide input into the discussions that are…
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United Nations Should Establish International Commission of Inquiry

(New York) - The scale and severity of the crimes during the intense fighting in Somalia in recent months demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. A recent Human Rights Watch investigation found that…
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Oral statement during the interactive dialogue on Somalia

  In Mogadishu, civilians are trapped in a bloody conflict pitting the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), against an armed opposition spearheaded by the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.…
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Your Excellency, In advance of the 15th African Union Summit, scheduled for July 19-27, 2010 in Kampala, we are writing to draw your attention to a few of Africa's most pressing human rights concerns and to provide input into some of the discussions…
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Incorporate “Civilian Protection” and “Rejection of Impunity” in Strategies to End Conflicts

(New York) - The African Union (AU) should improve its strategies for civilian protection and accountability in its efforts to end ongoing crises on the continent, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to AU  heads of states. The AU will hold a Summit…
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Your Excellency, Human Rights Watch welcomes the initiative by the African Union to use its 14th summit (January 25 - February 2, 2010) as a forum to review, among other matters, the state of peace and security on the continent, and to debate related…
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Seven-Nation Visit Should Urge Accountability and the Rule of Law

(New York) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should emphasize human rights on her seven-nation trip to Africa, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Clinton.
 
 The 11-day trip, to begin on August 4, will take Clinton to Kenya, South…
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Libya Summit Participants Should Support International Criminal Court

(Johannesburg) - The African Union should urge the United Nations Security Council to set up a commission of inquiry to document the worst human rights abuses in Somalia, an essential first step in creating justice and accountability, Human Rights Watch…
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Your Excellency, As you meet for your summit in Libya, we write to ask you to address a few of Africa's most pressing human rights concerns-security in Somalia, accountability for crimes in Chad, and support for the International Criminal Court. The…
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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.…
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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…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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Deficits in Justice and Civilian Protection in Somalia, DRC, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Guinea

(New York) - The African Union (AU) should attach top priority to civilian protection and bringing human rights abusers to justice when it meets for its summit meeting in Ethiopia next week, Human Rights Watch said in an open letter to AU Chairman Jean…