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 Meeting the
 Challenge
 Protecting
 Civilians through the Convention on Cluster Munitions
 Table of
 Acronyms
 Introduction
 Cluster
 Munitions and their Human Toll
 The
 Convention on Cluster Munitions…
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EU-Funded Report Stirs Debate About War’s Origins, but Civilians Still Waiting for Justice

(New York) - The international community should press Georgia and Russia to bring to justice those who violated the laws of war, causing many civilian deaths and injuries and widespread destruction of civilian property in last summer's short but…
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Submitted in Advance of the EU-Georgia Human Rights Dialogue

This note aims to outline key areas of concern in Georgia's human rights record that we hope to see addressed on the occasion of the European Union's upcoming Human Rights Dialogue with Georgia. We believe this dialogue is a crucial opportunity to…
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(Geneva) - The loss of lives and livelihoods from cluster munitions used by Russia and Georgia during the August 2008 armed conflict reinforces the importance of the new treaty banning the weapon, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The…
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 A Dying Practice
 Use of Cluster Munitions by Russia and Georgia in August
 2008
 Acronyms
 Summary
 Methodology
 Recommendations
 To the Government of Russia
 To the Government of Georgia
 To All…
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Both Governments Should Ensure Accountability and Voluntary Returns of Those Displaced

(New York) - Georgian, Russian and South Ossetian forces committed numerous violations of the laws of war in the conflict in August 2008 over South Ossetia and its aftermath, causing many civilian deaths and injuries and widespread destruction of…
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Georgian Clusters Landed in Villages; Russian and Georgian Duds Still a Threat

(Geneva, November 4, 2008) - Georgian cluster munitions fired in the conflict with Russia in August 2008 caused more damage and hit more locations than previously commonly reported, Human Rights Watch said today in a presentation to the Convention on…
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On August 21, 2008, Human Rights Watch reported a series of attacks with cluster munitions around four towns and villages in Georgia’s Gori district. Human Rights Watch attributed all the strikes to Russian forces, but upon further investigation has…
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Government Acknowledges Using Weapon Against Russian Forces

The Georgian government said it used cluster munitions during the August 2008 armed conflict with Russia, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter to Human Rights Watch, the Georgian Defense Ministry stated that cluster rockets were “used against…
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More Attacks Confirmed; Unexploded Ordnance Threatens Many

Georgian and Russian authorities should take urgent measures to protect the civilian population in Georgian villages from unexploded ordnance left by Russian attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch researchers documented additional…
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  1. What's going on in South Ossetia?  2. What's the background to the latest round of fighting?  3. Is this an internal or international armed conflict? What law governs it?  4. What is a lawful target under international humanitarian law?  5. What…