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Broad Claims of National Security Threaten Rights

Nigerian authorities appear to be on a renewed drive to muzzle free speech. Earlier this month, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended the broadcast licenses of two subsidiaries of Daar Communications, the…
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Attacks and Threats Remain a Very Serious Concern

Honduran authorities should take concrete steps to end impunity for abuses committed after the country's 2009 coup, and to curb ongoing attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Little Progress on Human Rights after Six Months of Lobo Government

(Washington DC) - Six months after President Porfirio Lobo took office, Honduras has made little progress toward addressing the serious human rights abuses since the 2009 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists and the…
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(Washington, DC) - The restoration of constitutional order in Honduras should be accompanied by the immediate repeal of repressive decrees issued by the de facto government, and a full investigation of abuses committed in the aftermath of the coup, Human…
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Emergency Decree Prohibits Criticism of De Facto Government

(New York) - Honduras's de facto government should immediately rescind an emergency decree that severely restricts press freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. Honduran security forces seized the offices of Radio Globo and Cholusat Sur television early…
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Secretary General José Miguel Insulza Organization of American States 17th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006 Dear Secretary General: I am writing to share with you our concerns regarding credible reports that we have…
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 "The BestSchool" Student Violence, Impunity, and the Crisis in Côte d'Ivoire Map of Côte d'Ivoire Glossary of Acronyms Summary Recommendations To the Presidency To the Ministry of Justice To the…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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U.N. Peacekeepers Must Be Ready and Willing to Protect Civilians

(New York) — As the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire deteriorates, the Ivorian authorities must ensure that pro-government militias end all attacks and threats against civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The government must also cease radio or…
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Commissioner of Police Rivers State Police Headquarters Port Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria Dear Commissioner of Police, I write to express concern about an incident which occurred on July 10, 2004, in K-Dere, Ogoniland, Rivers State, when two British…
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The Nigerian government, which is proudly hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today needs to get its own house in order before it can claim credibility in terms of human rights. Despite President Olusegun Obasanjo's leading…
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(New York, December 2, 2003) — The Nigerian government has been responsible for killings, torture, and harassment of its critics over the last two years, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. The 40-page report, “Nigeria: Renewed…
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I. Introduction Significant improvements in freedom of expression and civil liberties were among the immediate gains of Nigeria's transition to civilian rule in 1999.Although little has changed with respect to persistent corruption, …