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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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2013 brought many grim setbacks, yet there were still some important signs of progress

With the slaughter of civilians in Syria still horribly unrestrained, it is easy to be discouraged about human rights. There is, of course, every reason for outrage about Syria, and about the international community's narrow focus on peace talks, unlikely…
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Last month, the first woman ever was convicted of genocide by an international court. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda's former minister for family and women's affairs, guilty of genocide, war crimes and…
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A mixed chamber and other accountability measures

Introduction I. Establishing a mixed chamber for the Congo: why, what and how? II. The role of the African Union III. Other measures to address grave crimes committed in the DRC   Introduction On October 1, 2010, the United Nations' Office of…
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Congolese and Rwandan Forces Should Make Protecting Civilians a Priority

(New York) - The rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) brutally slaughtered at least 100 Congolese civilians in the Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between January 20 and February 8, 2009, Human Rights Watch…
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“We have been abandoned. Who will protect us? Who will help us?”

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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UN Peacekeepers Must Also Help Civilians at Risk in North Kivu

(Brussels) - All sides to the renewed fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo must protect civilians at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also called on United Nations peacekeepers in the area to strengthen…
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STRUGGLING TO
 SURVIVE: BARRIERS TO JUSTICE FOR RAPE VICTIMS IN RWANDA I.SUMMARY.. II.RECOMMENDATIONS III.BACKGROUND... Sexual
 Violence during the 1994 Genocide Rwandan
 Women in the Post-Genocide Period IV.BARRIERS
 TO JUSTICE FOR…
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(New York) - Tens of thousands of Rwandan women were raped during the genocide and in the decade since, but only a few perpetrators of sexual violence have been prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 58-page report, "…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED
 HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES
 OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and
 Abuse of Girls Risks to
 Women and Girls in…
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Letter to Council Members on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Your Excellency: As the Security Council considers proposed changes in the post of prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), its deliberations provide an important opportunity to review the current status and future needs of…
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Forces on all sides in the Congo conflict have committed war crimes against women and girls. HRW's report, "The War Within The War: Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Eastern Congo," documents the frequent and sometimes systematic use of rape and…
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Sets International Precedent for Punishing Sexual Violence as a War Crime

(New York) — History was made today when the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found former mayor, Jean-Paul Akayesu, guilty of nine counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The verdict is the first handed down by…
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(Montreal) - Tomorrow, the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will issue a historic judgment in the case of Jean-Paul Akayesu, who is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes committed in an internal armed conflict.…
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(New York) - During the genocide of 1994, Hutu militia groups and the Rwandan military regularly used rape and other sexual violence as weapons in their genocidal campaign against the Tutsi community. In Shattered Lives: Sexual Violence During the…