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Submission to UN Human Rights Committee Focuses on Accountability

(Geneva) – The Liberian government should undertake fair and credible prosecutions of international crimes committed during its two civil wars, 76 Liberian, African, and international nongovernmental organizations said in a submission to the United…
A supporter walks by an image of George Weah, President of Liberia, in Monrovia, Liberia, December 27, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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New Government Should Take Concrete Steps on Past Atrocities

(Nairobi) – Liberia’s new government should take prompt steps to pave the way for fair investigation and prosecution of serious past crimes committed during Liberia’s brutal civil wars, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President George Weah released…
A supporter walks by an image of George Weah, President of Liberia, in Monrovia, Liberia, December 27, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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A public debate at the UN on April 10 will serve up a revisionist denial of the worst killings in Europe since the end of World War II: the ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia that horrified the world in the 1990s. While the session's ostensible…
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Liberia's "big man" surely thought he'd enjoy a comfortable retirement when he left power back in 2003. But on April 26 the Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity, proving that even the most…
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Should Vladimir Putin be studying the conviction of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president? What about Henry Kissinger?
  
 In April a United Nations–backed special tribunal in The Hague convicted Taylor of “aiding and abetting” the…
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Charles Taylor's guilt puts violent leaders in Syria and Libya on notice

The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor at the Sierra Leone Special Court has been eagerly anticipated by many in Sierra Leone. But, as is often the case with abusive leaders wielding power, bringing Taylor to justice was once…
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Eleven years ago, during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian forces killed more than 40 ethnic Albanian men in a Kosovo village called Cuska (Qyshk in Albanian). This month the hand of justice finally reached the men accused of the crime.…
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Recommendation for an Internationalized Domestic War Crimes Court

I. IntroductionII. Summary of TRC Proposal for an Internationalized Domestic Criminal CourtIII. TRC Recommendations Regarding Selection of Persons to be ProsecutedIV. Composition of the CourtV. Definitions of Crimes and Modes of LiabilityVI. Fair Trial…
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Many people in Bosnia and beyond thought they would never see Radovan Karadzic standing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It seemed almost beyond the dreams of the rape victims that I interviewed in Bosnia in…
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Bringing to justice those who commit atrocities has obvious appeal. It provides redress for victims and their families, punishes perpetrators, and deters others from replicating their crimes. But is the price too high? Critics argue that the threat of…
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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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Liberian President Must Be Arrested

(New York) - Liberian President Charles Taylor should be arrested by the government of any country he travels to, now that his indictment has been announced by the Sierra Leone Special Court, Human Rights Watch said today. The Liberian president was…
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The global movement to end impunity for human rights abuses faces a daunting question

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 Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson. Eds.: Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions 
 Priscilla B. Hayner: Unspeakable Truths Confronting State Terror and Atrocity
 Ruti G. Teitel: Transitional…