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Russia’s Withdrawal of Signature From Rome Statute is a Symbolic Gesture

Yesterday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin issued an order to notify the United Nations that Russia was withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute, the treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia never ratified the statute and was not…
A general view shows the Spasskaya Tower and the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, Russia, May 5, 2016.
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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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Warring Parties’ International Backers Should Prioritize Civilian Protection

(New York) – Syrian armed groups are endangering civilians, including women, and detaining soldiers by placing them in metal cages throughout Eastern Ghouta. The armed groups say they are doing that to deter indiscriminate government attacks on the area…
Still from video showing caged civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. Courtesy of Sham News Network Youtube.
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Victims of 2008 South Ossetia Conflict Await Justice


 (Geneva) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Georgia may open a window to justice for international crimes during the 2008 conflict in the South Ossetia region, Human Rights Watch said today. A…
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Provide Urgent Aid, Halt Flow of Arms to Abusive Forces, Support ICC Referral

(New York) – The discussion about Syria when G20 leaders meet in St. Petersburg on September 5 and 6, 2013, should address the member countries’ abysmal response to the Syrian crisis as a whole over the past two years. While G20 leaders are unlikely to…
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Additional Action Needed on Kidnapping, Attacks on Civilians

(New York) – The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) sent a clear signal that targeting civilians violates the laws of war. The coalition’s statement on December 19, 2012, condemned attacks on civilians, regardless of their nationality. The coalition should…
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The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines. How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp…
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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov correctly pointed out in a recent article that human rights problems are one of the “main causes of the ‘Arab revolutions.’” As an investigator for Human Rights Watch who has interviewed hundreds of people in Syria…
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Mr. Anatoly Isaikin General Director Rosoboronexport Moscow, Russia Re: Syria Weapons Supplies Risk Corporate Complicity in Grave Abuses Dear Mr. Isaikin, I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to halt all weapons deliveries to…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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The European Union should seize every opportunity to press Russia to end human rights abuses in Chechnya and other parts of the North Caucasus and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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On July 26, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously found the Russian government responsible for 11 killings that took place in a suburb of the Chechen city of Grozny in February 2000. The killings were part of a massacre by Russian riot police…
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Out of respect for the victims of the tragedy, their relatives and the national, two-day period of mourning, the release of this statement was delayed until 8 September.

A coalition of Russian and international human rights organizations united today to condemn in the strongest terms the taking hostage and killing of hundreds of children, parents and teachers by a group of armed men and women in a school in the city of…