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This memorandum, submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) ahead of its upcoming review of Rwanda, highlights areas of concern Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the CAT’s consideration of the compliance of the government of Rwanda…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Rwanda, which comes at a critical time. At the end of 2015, Rwanda revised its constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in the…
Civilians wounded during the genocide recover in a makeshift hospital in the Sainte Famille church, Kigali, Rwanda.
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Human Rights Watch's submission to the International Development Committee (IDC) focuses primarily on the role of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) in Rwanda, given the UK's particularly important role in that country and Rwanda's…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the outcome of the UPR of Rwanda, in particular its recommendations on freedom of expression, legal reforms and the independence of the judiciary.   We also welcome the Rwandan government's undertakings to ensure that human…
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The four case studies in this document are taken from Human Rights Watch's report Justice Compromised: The Legacy of Rwanda's Community-Based Gacaca Courts, published on May 31, 2011 and should be read in conjunction with that report. These cases have…
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Summary This submission describes breaches of Rwanda's international human rights obligations and commitments, particularly with regard to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of assembly.  It also highlights positive developments,…
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In late August 2008, the Congolese army (FARDC) and the rebel group, the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), resumed heavy fighting in the most recent episode of more than a decade of war in eastern Congo. The Congolese army was…
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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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Human Rights Watch believes that limiting--and ultimately ending--the impunity for crimes like the mass slaughter of innocent civilians, the forced displacement of populations along ethnic lines and the use of rape as a weapon of war is crucial to…
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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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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…