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Demonstrate ‘Targeted Killings’ Adhere to International Law

(Washington, DC) – The US government should transfer Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) command of aerial drone strikes to the armed forces and clarify its legal rationale for targeted killings, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Barack…
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Following the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush began a campaign of “targeted killings” against suspected members of al Qaeda and other armed groups. It has continued under the administration of President…
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Military Abuses Undermine Fight Against Taliban

(New York) - The Pakistani government should immediately investigate reports of summary executions, torture, and mistreatment perpetrated during counterterrorism operations in the Swat valley, Human Rights Watch said today. Since September 2009, when the…
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British Government Should Stop Stonewalling

(London) - The UK government should immediately order an independent judicial inquiry into the role and complicity of British security services in the torture of terrorism suspects in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 46-…
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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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Ordinance Should Be Reversed and Abusive Taliban Leaders Held Accountable

(New York) - The Pakistani government should swiftly reverse its decision to cede de-facto administrative control of the Swat valley in Pakistan's tribal areas to the Taliban and affiliated groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The move presents a grave…
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Pakistani Army and Intelligence Services Need to Fully Cooperate

(New York) - Condemning the attacks that killed at least 175 people in Mumbai, Human Rights Watch today called upon the governments of India and Pakistan to cooperate in a prompt and thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and planners of the…
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30 Men Sentenced to Death After Unfair Trials

(New York) – Sudan’s Anti-Terrorism Special Courts in late July sentenced 30 alleged rebels to death in trials that fell far short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the government to abolish the…
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International Response Needed to Stop New Abuses and Ensure Justice

(New York) - International action is needed to end the Lord’s Resistance Army’s reported new spree of abductions and sexual violence and to help execute arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for the group’s leaders. Human Rights…
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Use Security Council Presidency to Save Lives

(New York) - South Africa should use its Security Council presidency in April 2008 to make significant progress on human rights crises in Somalia, Darfur and Burma, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to South Africa’s minister of foreign affairs,…
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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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Government Expands Crackdown by Detaining Hundreds of Opposition Activists

(New York) - Pakistan’s government under General Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule has expanded its crackdown on its critics by detaining hundreds of opposition activists from the country’s largest opposition party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP),…
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Three Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Information about ‘Ghost’ Detention

(New York) – In the most comprehensive accounting to date, six leading human rights organizations today published the names and details of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret US custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. The…
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Washington Should Reveal Fate of People ‘Disappeared’ by US

(New York) – The US government should account for all the missing detainees once held by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 50-page report, “Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention…
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Taliban Attacks on Rise Since Government Peace Deal

(New York) - The Pakistani government should protect civilians from attacks by the Taliban and other groups in the volatile tribal areas on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. “Taliban attacks on civilians in the tribal…
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States Must Respect Rights in 'War on Terror'

The outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today delivered a ringing condemnation of the world’s failure to halt the bloodshed in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. He also warned against violating human rights in the fight against…
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Government Must Allow Independent Investigation Into Bombing

(New York) - Pakistan’s government must allow an independent investigation into the aerial bombing of a religious school in Bajaur Agency, in the country’s tribal areas, Human Rights Watch said today. The October 30 attack in the town of Khar killed 82…
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Human Rights Protections Need Greater Priority

(Washington) - Presidents Bush, Karzai, and Musharraf should act immediately to stop the increasing insecurity and attendant human rights abuses gripping southern Afghanistan and Pakistan’s border areas, Human Rights Watch said today. The three leaders…
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Civilians in Darfur, Sri Lanka Need Protection

(Geneva) – The new U.N. Human Rights Council must take urgent action to address crises from Darfur to Sri Lanka and expand its focus beyond the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said today. The council begins its second regular session today. Thus far the…
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List of Detainees Published by Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The United States is holding at least twenty-six persons as “ghost detainees” at undisclosed locations outside of the United States, Human Rights Watch said today, as it released a list naming some of the detainees. The detainees are being…