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One year ago Burma conducted tightly controlled elections that transferred power from a ruling military council to a nominally civilian government in which the president and senior government officials are all former generals. In 2011 the new government…
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A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

On April 2, 9, and 16, 2011, Nigerians will head to the polls for the nation's legislative, presidential, and gubernatorial elections. Those elected will be mandated to govern a country with profound human rights challenges: communal violence, abuses by…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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Updated July 2008

Burma produces a variety of gems but is most famous for its rubies and jade. The vast majority of high-quality rubies on the world market originate from Burma. Burmese rubies are renowned for their dark "pigeon's blood" color, which makes them more…
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Business-Related Recommendations on Burma

Human Rights Watch issued a new report in December 2007 documenting the crackdown on popular protests in Burma that began in August. Hundreds of people remain arbitrarily detained. We recommend targeted financial, trade, and investment sanctions, and…
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Lack of Accountability for the Destruction of OdiAbuses in OgonilandOlugbobiri: Nine killed by soldiers at an Agip flow stationRecommendations The restoration of civilian rule in Nigeria has not produced a reduction of human rights violations in the…