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Abandon Deterrence Model for Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, Groups Urge

(Washington, DC) – Extreme heat in the United States in the summer of 2021 underscores the urgency of adopting a climate-informed approach to policies affecting border communities, migrants, and asylum seekers, a group of 68 rights organizations said…
Alyssa Quintanilla, part of the Tucson Samaritans volunteer group, carries a cross, May 18, 2021, to be installed near Three Points, Arizona. The cross will be installed in the desert to commemorate the death of a migrant there. 
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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region.  The…
Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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Calderón, Congress Should Revise Laws Based on Ruling

(Washington, DC) - A ruling on July 6, 2011, by Mexico's Supreme Court should bring reform of Mexico's flawed military justice system and accountability for soldiers accused of human rights violations closer, Human Rights Watch said today. The court ruled…
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Objections to President Calderon's Proposal to Reform the Military Code of Justice

Dear Senator Beltrones Rivera and Representative Ramírez Marín: We are writing to express our deep concern with the scope of legislative reform of the Military Code of Justice proposed by President Felipe Calderón, currently being considered by the…
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In an unprecedented move against impunity in Mexico, former Mexican President Luis Echeverría and other high-level officials were charged today with political killings from the 1970s, Human Rights Watch said. “By bringing a case against a former president…
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(New York) - The Mexican Supreme Court decision to uphold the extradition of Ricardo Miguel Cavallo will reinforce the principle of “universal jurisdiction” in international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Cavallo, a former Argentine military official…
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(Geneva) - This year's session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has proved even more disappointing than last year, Human Rights Watch said on the last day of the six-week meeting in Geneva.     An "abusers club" of governments hostile to…
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Expresses HRW concerns about the lack of progress that Mexico has made toward ratifying the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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Together with other groups, Human Rights Watch successfully pressed for the release of Mexican environmental activists Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera Garc韆. Montiel and Cabrera were jailed for drug and weapons crimes in 1999 after protesting…
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President Vicente Fox Quesada Los Pinos México D.F. MEXICO Dear President Fox: I am writing to express our strong support for the establishment of a truth commission to investigate past human rights violations in Mexico. We have been greatly…
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(Washington, DC) - President Vicente Fox should establish a truth commission to investigate past abuses in Mexico, Human Rights Watch urged today. In a letter sent to President Fox, Human Rights Watch responded to critics of the proposed body, explaining…
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(Washington) - Human Rights Watch today applauded the decision of Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda to authorize the extradition to Spain of Ricardo Miguel Cavallo. Cavallo, a former military official from Argentina implicated in atrocities…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today applauded a Mexican judicial decision to proceed with the extradition of Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, a former military official from Argentina who has been implicated in atrocities during the country's 7-year military…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today applauded the Mexican judiciary's decision to detain Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, a former military official from Argentina who has been implicated in violent human rights abuses during the country's military dictatorship…