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Speech by Daniel Bekele, Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch

The following is the transcript of a speech given by Daniel Bekele, Human Rights Watch senior director for Africa advocacy, at the Gambia National Stakeholders Conference on Justice and Human Rights, May 23-25, 2017.Introduction Thank you to…
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Jammeh Had Conceded Defeat, Agreed to Peaceful Transition

(Nairobi) – On December 9, 2016, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced that he had rejected the country’s presidential election results “in totality” and called for new elections when resources permitted it. He indicated that he was responding to…
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Security Forces Should Respect Human Rights During Transition

(Nairobi) – Gambia’s Independent Election Commission announced early on December 2, 2016, that Adama Barrow, the candidate of a coalition of eight opposition parties, had won Gambia’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Yahya…
Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow's election victory in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016.
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  The armed conflict over South Ossetia has taken a devastating toll on civilians. Several days after the armed conflict erupted Human Rights Watch sent teams of researchers to both sides of the conflict. We interviewed victims of human rights abuses…
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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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On the Occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw

We appreciate the OSCE’s active engagement to promote freedom of religion in the region. Regrettably, though, this precious freedom is imperiled in many member states. Today, some of the most egregious violations of the…