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  A decision by the US Supreme Court could severely limit the use of a federal statute that for more than 30 years has permitted foreign victims of atrocities abroad to obtain civil remedies in federal courts and has denied rights abusers a safe haven in…
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Oral statement during the interactive dialogue on Somalia

  In Mogadishu, civilians are trapped in a bloody conflict pitting the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), against an armed opposition spearheaded by the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. Since the first hearing on accountability for human rights violators approximately two years ago, significant gains have been achieved, in great…
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1. Insist on justice as a key element of strategies to address situations where widespread atrocities are being committed, such as in Darfur. 2. Adopt a zero tolerance attitude on impunity for mass atrocities committed in Darfur and press the…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program senior counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. Justice for serious crimes under international law – which include genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture – is crucial.…
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Statement prepared by Human Rights Watch for the “Arria formula” meeting on Somalia

Human Rights Watch welcomes this initiative by the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Somalia. The situation in Somalia is one of the world's starkest and most neglected tragedies. In basic human terms…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. On December 6, 2006, the US Department of Justice took an unprecedented step to ensure accountability for human rights violators who are in or…
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Testimony of Corinne Dufka before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, Africa Subcommittee

I want to thank Chairman Royce and ranking member Payne for inviting my organization, Human Rights Watch, to address the Africa Subcommittee about the important topic we are addressing here today: Combating War Crimes in Africa. My name is Corinne Dufka.…
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Testimony of Janet Fleischman before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding these important hearings and for inviting me to testify. My name is Janet Fleischman, and I am the Washington Director for Africa of Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch has monitored the human rights situation in…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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Testimony of Binaifer Nowrojee before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, Africa Subcommittee

IntroductionHuman Rights Concerns in Sierra Leone &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(1) Accountability for Past Abuses &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(2) Rebuilding the Judiciary and Law Reform &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp(3) Training and…
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Suliman Ali Baldo Testimony at the House Committee on International Relations

(Washington, DC) - Thank you, Madam Chair, for the invitation to testify at this hearing on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). My name is Suliman Baldo, and I am a senior researcher at the Africa Division of Human…
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At least nine individuals indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), are currently believed to be residing in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). The authorities in Belgrade have refused to arrest any of these…
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Pre-deployment Benchmarks The Mandate of the Verification Mission Conclusion In light of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's (FRY) poor record of cooperation with the international community, Human Rights Watch is concerned that the OSCE Kosovo…