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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Dela Rosa Already Linked to Alleged Crimes Against Humanity

The Philippines’ new Bureau of Corrections Director Ronald Dela Rosa has a killer attitude toward his new job. Literally. Dela Rosa, who retired last month as director general of the Philippine National Police,…
Ronald Dela Rosa talks to President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila, Philippines, January 19, 2017.
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Summary Killing Fears Prompt Criminal Suspects to Seek ‘Safety’ in Jail

It’s an image straight out of Dante’s “Purgatory”: hundreds of half-naked men sprawled on the pavement in the sweltering heat, desperately trying to sleep amid the cramped chaos. But this is no etching of a medieval horror scene. It’s an actual snapshot…
Inmates sleep on the ground of an open basketball court inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila, Philippine, July 19, 2016.
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Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week. The reason? The children have been living in shelters in Zamboanga City since their families fled fighting in the southern Philippines, and the…
Zamboanga East and West Central School, Zamboanga City, Philippines, 2013.
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On Dec. 3, 2010, antidrug police in Muntinlupa City arrested 30-year-old tricycle driver Ronaldo Rivera on drug trafficking charges. During his first court hearing three months later, Rivera said police produced 0.02 grams—equivalent to 10 grains of salt—…
A policeman looks on at prisoners crowded into a detention cell in Manila, Philippines on May 13, 2011.
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‘Clearing Operations’ Target Homeless, Poor, and Street Children

(Manila) – The Philippine government should immediately release the hundreds of mostly indigent and homeless Manila residents, including more than 140 children, detained before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Human Rights Watch said…
These street dwellers in Dakota, a community in Manila not far from the Philippine International Convention Center where the APEC summit will be held, have been told by local authorities to “keep off the streets” for at least a week beginning November 16,
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Evacuees Barred From Returning Home, Face Arbitrary Relocation

(Zamboanga City) – The Philippine government is subjecting thousands of minority group members and other residents displaced by fighting in Zamboanga City in September 2013 to arbitrary relocation, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is…
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The Risk of Returning Home Violence and Threats against Displaced People Reclaiming Land in Colombia Glossary Summary Widespread Abuses Perpetrators The Government’s…
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Displaced People Trying to Return Home Suffer Threats, Attacks

(Bogotá) – Internally displaced Colombians face killings and widespread death threats for attempting to reclaim their land, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Abuses targeting displaced families for trying to return home almost always go…
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Protect Santa Paula Beneficiaries From Threats and Intimidation

A Colombian tribunal’s order to restore stolen land to 32 displaced families is a major step in carrying out the country’s land restitution law, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should take vigorous measures to protect the beneficiaries of the…
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1. In February 2003, the mayor of a small town on Colombia's Caribbean coast stood up at a nationally televised meeting with then President Álvaro Uribe and announced his own murder. "Señor Presidente, I am the mayor of El Roble," Tito Díaz said as he…
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Colombia continues to face serious human rights problems

Dear Vice-President Garzón, In anticipation of your upcoming visit to Washington, I am writing to bring to your attention pressing human rights issues facing Colombia. We look forward to discussing these issues and to building on the constructive dialog…
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Government must Protect Civilians, Prosecute Groups’ Members and Accomplices

(Bogotá) - Colombia needs to respond effectively to the violent groups committing human rights abuses that have emerged around the country in the aftermath of the flawed demobilization of paramilitary groups, Human Rights Watch says in a report released…
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Colombia: Displaced and Discarded The Plight of Internally Displaced Persons in Bogot and Cartagena Glossary I.Summary II. Recommendations Humanitarian Assistance Education Health…
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The Colombian government has failed to protect the basic human rights of millions displaced by the country’s armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Displaced families are often denied access to education, emergency healthcare…
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Urgent Protection Measures Required

Colombian authorities should take immediate steps to protect the civilian population in the area of southern Colombia ceded to rebels for peace talks, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 9, Colombian President Andrés Pastrana announced the end of…