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(Washington, DC, June 19, 2019) – Governments in the Americas and Europe should impose targeted sanctions against top Nicaraguan authorities implicated in egregious abuses and explore avenues to press for accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a…
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“Maria,” a Ugandan worker, paid $400 in 2013 to an agency in the United Arab Emirates that promised her a job in a mall in Dubai. Instead, the agency placed her as a domestic worker with half the salary she had been promised. Maria told me that her…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
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World Day Against Child Labor Highlights Exploitation in Domestic Work

(New York) – Governments should mark June 12, 2013, the World Day against Child Labor, by strengthening legal protections for the 15.5 million child domestic workers worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should ratify the International…
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Violence Instead of Vigilance Torture and Illegal Detention by Uganda’s Rapid Response Unit Summary Recommendations To the President and Government of Uganda To the Uganda Police Force,…
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Ugandan Police Should Charge or Release Human Rights Defenders

(New York) - Two Kenyan activists working on the cases of suspects charged with terrorism for the July 11, 2010 Kampala bombings have been illegally detained in Uganda and are at risk of abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights activist Al-Amin…
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Government Must Prosecute Abuses by Counterterrorism Forces

(Kampala) - The Ugandan government should demonstrate its commitment to prosecuting security force abuses by appointing a court-ordered coroner to look into the death of a detainee, Human Rights Watch said today. No one has been held accountable for the…
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"I kindly beg you to ensure that you keep our children. I don't think I will be coming back." Those were the last words of Saidi Lutaaya, spoken over the phone to his wife. He had been picked up from Old Taxi Park in Kampala in November 2007 by men…
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The man remembers one particularly terrifying incident. One day, during the fourth month of his detention, "The soldiers started beating me with a black whip. And then one hit me very hard on the back with the flat of his hand. It felt like my heart…
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Prosecutions and Civilian Oversight Needed to Deter Abuses

(Kampala) - The Ugandan government should take prompt action to end unlawful arrest and torture by its anti-terrorism unit, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 89-page report, "Open Secret: Illegal Detention and Torture by the Joint…
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Diplomats, judges, lawyers, human rights activists and members of nongovernmental organizations are currently marking the 10th anniversary of the completion of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court. The court's creation was an…
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Prosecuting Rights Abusers Will Require Political Will, Legal Reforms

(New York) - The agreement announced today between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army is a major step, but provisions on war crimes trials must be effectively put into practice for sustainable peace and justice in northern Uganda.…
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Letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany upon his visit to Uganda and Rwanda

Professor Dr. Horst Köhler   President of the Federal Republic of Germany   Berlin, Germany       Dear President Köhler, We write to ask you to use the opportunities offered by your visits to Uganda and Rwanda to contribute, as Germany has so often done…
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Security Council to Issue Statement Welcoming Juba Talks

(New York) - In its upcoming presidential statement on the Juba peace talks, the United Nations Security Council should call on Uganda’s government, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the international community to continue to work toward a peace…
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Uprooted and Forgotten Impunity and Human Rights Abuses in Northern Uganda Glossary of Acronyms Summary Abbreviated Recommendations To the Government of Uganda To the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces To the Lord's Resistance Army…
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Detainees Must Not Be Held in Clandestine ‘Safe Houses’

The Ugandan government must prosecute perpetrators of torture, said Human Rights Watch and the Ugandan-based Foundation for Human Rights Initiative today. Last week during its session in Geneva, the United Nations Committee Against Torture reviewed…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Court Needs to Investigate Crimes by All Sides in Northern Uganda’s Conflict

(New York) - In its investigation in Northern Uganda, the International Criminal Court must ensure protection for witnesses and victims. The court needs to investigate serious crimes committed by all sides to the conflict in order to ensure justice and…
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Political Opponents Swept Up by Security Apparatus Beyond Legal Oversight

Ugandan security forces are torturing supporters of the political opposition and holding them in secret detention amid the government’s pursuit of rebels involved in the country’s armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The…