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Urgently Find Sustainable, Rights-Respecting Strategy

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s lack of a comprehensive solid waste management strategy is incurring huge environmental and public health costs, the Waste Management Coalition and Human Rights Watch said today. Trash began piling up on the streets in Beirut and…
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Open Burning by Municipalities Endangering Health

(Beirut) – Lebanese municipalities are endangering the health of residents by openly burning waste despite the passage of a national solid waste management law banning the practice, Human Rights Watch said today. Following decades of…
Signs of burning at the al-Qantara dump, including soot from recent burns and ash deposits.
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End Open Burning; Create Long-Term Waste Management Plan

  (Beirut) – The lack of action by authorities to end open burning of waste across Lebanon is posing serious health risks for nearby residents, violating their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
Open burning of waste in Majadel, south Lebanon
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Treat, Compensate Victims of Mombasa Smelter

(Nairobi) – Thousands of people in a poor urban district outside Mombasa face serious health consequences from toxic lead from a battery recycling plant, Human Rights Watch said today. The crisis is the result of the Kenyan government’s failure to…
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Witnesses Describe Troops Placing Mines Near Turkey, Lebanon Borders

(New York) – Syrian forces have placed landmines near the borders with Lebanon and Turkey in recent weeks and months, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports and confirmations from witnesses and Syrian deminers. Civilian casualties have already…
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Major Meeting of Convention Concludes in Lebanon

(Beirut) – The new international convention banning cluster bombs is already having a powerful impact despite the absence of the United States and other major powers, Human Rights Watch said on September 17, 2011, as a diplomatic meeting of the convention…
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Bill Promises Strategic Approach on Devastating Childbirth Injury

(Nairobi) - A bill introduced  in the US Congress on March 8, 2011, would help end the shame and pain of millions of fistula sufferers around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury causing leakage of…
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First Formal Meeting of the Treaty Countries to Open on November 9

(Beirut) - Lebanon ratified the international convention banning cluster munitions on November 5, 2010, just ahead of the opening of the convention's first formal meeting of its states parties. The ratification is especially significant because Lebanon…
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Government Should Provide Medicines and Care Often Denied to Young Patients

(Nairobi) - Kenyan children in acute and chronic pain suffer needlessly because of government policies that restrict access to inexpensive pain medicines, a lack of investment in palliative care services, and inadequately trained health workers, Human…
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With about 3,000 Kenyan women and girls developing obstetric fistula each year, you might think the government would have a plan to prevent and treat it. Think again. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury which results in constant leaking of urine…
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HIV-Positive Children and Women at Risk of Stigma and Violence

(New York) - The Kenyan government should ensure that strong human rights protections are included in plans for expanded home-based HIV counseling and testing, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the public health minister. Earlier in 2009,…
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Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in…
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40,000 Risk Death if Not Treated

Adobe Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript support is required to use the media player. [Audio: Human Rights Watch's Juliane Kippenberg explains why children are not getting life-saving access to treatment for HIV/AIDS in Kenya.]   (…
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End Murder, Torture, and Rape of Civilians

The rebel Sabaot Land Defence Force and the Kenyan military are responsible for horrific abuses, including killings, torture and rape of civilians, in a little-known armed conflict in the Mt. Elgon area of western Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today in a…
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Attacks in Lebanon Violated Laws of War

The human devastation inflicted on Lebanon by Israel’s illegal use of cluster munitions highlights the urgent need for an international treaty banning the weapon, Human Rights Watch said in releasing a report today. At a conference this week, more than…
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Compel Israel to Provide Strike Data

Preliminary US government findings that Israel violated agreements with the United States by its use of cluster munitions in Lebanon last summer should lead to an immediate cutoff of all US cluster munitions sales to Israel, Human Rights Watch said today…
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First Confirmed Use of Weapon Type

Hezbollah fired cluster munitions into civilian areas in northern Israel during the recent conflict, Human Rights Watch reported today. This is the first time that Hezbollah’s use of these controversial weapons has been confirmed. Hezbollah’s deployment…
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Israel Must Provide Data to Save Lives

United Nations deminers beginning emergency survey and clearance work in the south of Lebanon have identified 10 locations where Israel used artillery-delivered cluster munitions during the recent hostilities, Human Rights Watch reported today. Human…
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Civilians and Aid Work Endangered by Dud Ordnance

Massive amounts of unexploded ordnance (UXO) resulting from 33 days of heavy fighting in Lebanon threaten civilian life and limb, Human Rights Watch said today. These deadly remnants of war, including large air-dropped bombs, artillery shells, missiles…
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Use in Lebanon Has Killed and Maimed Civilians

The United States should reject any request by Israel to transfer cluster munitions for use against targets in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch wrote in a letter to National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley today. Civilians in Lebanon have already died from…