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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…
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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.…
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Strong Action Needed to Back-Up Court Ruling

(Brussels) – International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries should address the court’s finding of obstruction by Kenya in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Human Rights Watch said today. An ICC trial chamber on September 19, 2016 referred a…
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Witness Interference Undermined Trial

(Brussels) – Efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for Kenya’s deadly 2007-2008 election violence have been marred by what the court previously suggested was systematic interference with witnesses, Human…
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Prosecution Withdraws Kenyatta Charges

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) action to drop charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya sets back efforts to end the country’s entrenched culture of impunity, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 3, 2014, the ICC’s…
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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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Ensure Tolerance for Free Speech, Activism

(Nairobi) – Attacks and threats against human rights defenders are on the rise in Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Harassment of people perceived to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy…
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Court to Address Deadly 2007-2008 Election Violence

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenya’s deputy president is an important stage in determining responsibility for post-election atrocities that brought the country to the brink of civil war, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Protect Free Speech, Carry Out Reforms

(Nairobi) – Kenya’s new administration should take urgent steps in four key areas to address longstanding human rights challenges, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration should ensure that abusive security forces are held…
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Cooperate With ICC, Protect Bill of Rights

(Nairobi) – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, who are being sworn in April 9, 2013, should ensure full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. Their new government should also…
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Reaffirm Support for Hague Trials While Pursuing Justice at Home

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan government should reaffirm its commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in cases stemming from the 2007-2008 post-election violence, while establishing a local judicial mechanism to investigate and…
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National Authorities Should Investigate Threats, Bring Others to Justice

(Brussels) – The decision on January 23, 2012 of an International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial chamber to send cases to trial against four Kenyans opens the door to justice for victims of Kenya’s 2007-2008 election violence, Human Rights Watch said…
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Senior Officials Told to Report on April 7

(Brussels) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) moved the Kenya case forward on March 8, 2011, by issuing summonses for six individuals accused of crimes against humanity during Kenya's post-election violence in 2007-2008, Human Rights Watch said…
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Civil Society Groups Protest Attempts to Derail Justice for Victims of Post-Election Violence

(Johannesburg) - The Kenyan government should reaffirm its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), African civil society organizations and international organizations with a presence in Africa said in a statement today. African countries…
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Civil Society Groups Across Africa Concerned by Possible Return Visit

(New York) - The Kenyan government should make clear that the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, will be arrested if he returns to Kenya, African civil society organizations, and international organizations with a presence in Africa said in a letter to…
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ICC Member States Obliged to Arrest Fugitives on Their Territories

(New York) - Kenya should bar Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entering Kenya or arrest him for trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he enters Kenyan territory, Human Rights Watch said today. The Sudanese state news agency has…
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Witness Protection Key Challenge in Investigation

(The Hague) - A majority of a pre-trial chamber of International Criminal Court (ICC) judges today approved the ICC prosecutor's request to open an investigation into Kenya's 2007 post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said. The Kenyan inquiry is the…
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Kenyan Authorities Should Cooperate Fully and Hold Credible National Trials

(The Hague) - The request today by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to the court's judges to open a Kenya investigation is a decisive step toward justice for the country's 2007 post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said. The move…
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Coalition Government Should Keep Its Promises and Urgently Establish Independent Tribunal

(New York) - The Kenyan government has reneged on commitments to deliver justice for the victims of post-election violence, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 30, 2009, the cabinet announced that, contrary to previous agreements, it would not…