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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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Protecting the health of vulnerable, displaced people

This fall, the European Commission (EC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) began closing down lead-contaminated camps in Kosovo, where displaced Roma were living in abysmal health conditions for a decade. Human Rights Watch…
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What is this report about? The UN mapping report has been prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and describes the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Democratic…
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Making a difference in Malawi, Albania, Lithuania and Uganda

Human Rights Watch protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are subject to discrimination and violence—and sometimes even torture or execution—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for the principles…
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Human Rights Watch report leads to arrests in Cuska killings

On May 14, 1999, during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian security forces descended on the small village of Cuska in western Kosovo. The armed men rounded up the villagers, all ethnic Albanians, killing some and demanding money and valuables…
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In two recent reports, Human Rights Watch has exposed the increasing reliance by Western governments on a practice called "diplomatic assurances," which enable those governments to return terror suspects to their home countries, many of which are known to…
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On April 14, 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Western Balkans incorporating language written by Human Rights Watch on the importance of fair and effective domestic war crimes trials. Human Rights Watch has consistently pressed the…
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In rare praise from government officials in Africa, the human rights minister from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) commended Human Rights Watch's September report on the August 2004 slaughter of more than 150 civilians (including many Congolese) at…
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1. Where do the proceedings in the Milosevic trial stand?   Former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was indicted under three separate indictments for crimes committed in Kosovo, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The trial started on…
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In early July, for the first time, the Serbian parliament adopted a potentially important new law for prosecuting war criminals. The law creates a new post of war crimes prosecutor and identifies a district court in Belgrade to judge war crimes cases.…
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Human Rights Watch continues to press Belgrade to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the impact of our work has begun to be felt in policy and media circles there.
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On June 3 and 4, former Human Rights Watch researcher Fred Abrahams testified in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic. His testimony focused on HRW findings in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, including forced expulsions, mass killings and sexual abuse…
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Individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to hold high positions in the Serbian government and police force, and the Yugoslav army. HRW's 593-page report, "Under Orders: War Crimes in Kosovo," uses statistical methods and…
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On June 28, Serbian authorities transferred Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to The Hague to stand trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Human Rights Watch played a…