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Gabriele Del Grande Now in His 12th Day of Detention

Italian writer Gabriele Del Grande has been detained in solitary confinement in Turkey for 12 days. After intense pressure from the Italian government, Turkish authorities allowed Gabriele to meet today with the Italian consul and a Turkish lawyer. But…
Italian journalist Gabriele del Grande holding a lecture in the Psychosocial Centre for Refugees, Düsseldorf, Germany, November 2013.
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H.E. Mr. Mario Monti President of the Council of Ministers Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Dear Prime Minister: We write to express Human Rights Watch’s deep concern regarding your December 17 statement made during a meeting with Palestinian…
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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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Supreme Court Should Reinstate Judges Immediately

(Washington, DC) - The firing of judges who opposed the 2009 coup is a serious blow to judicial independence in Honduras, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 12, 2010, the Honduran Supreme Court ratified its May 5 vote to dismiss four lower-court judges…
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Government Must Effectively Investigate, Prosecute, and Sanction Abuses

(Washington, DC) - The proposal by Porfirio Lobo, winner of Honduras' disputed presidential election on November 29, 2009, for an "amnesty for all" of those involved in the June coup d'état violates the country's international obligations and undermines…
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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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Prime Minister, Pope Should Press Visiting Sudanese President

(Brussels) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Pope Benedict XVI should call on the government of Sudan to fulfill its legal duty to arrest International Criminal Court suspects when Sudan's President Omar al Bashir visits today, Human Rights Watch…
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Letter to the Italian Prime Minister

Mr Romano Prodi   Italian Prime Minister   Rome, Italy   Re: Tomorrow's meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir     Dear Prime Minister Prodi,     In advance of your meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Human Rights Watch wishes to raise…
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More Than 50 Organizations Sign Letter of Protest

(New York) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s announcement of a brutal new phase in Thailand’s “war on drugs” raises fears of widespread human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. In an open letter to the committee that recently gave an…
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Antonio Cichetti President Ufficio Istituzione Perdonanza Celestiniana Residenza Minicipale Piazza Palazzo 67100 L’Aquila Italy Dear Mr. Cichetti: We represent leading human rights and public health organizations in Thailand and around the world. We…
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Human Rights Watch today condemned the decision of the government of Fernando De la Rúa in Argentina not to extradite former naval officer Alfredo Astiz, an intelligence agent during the country's period of military rule. Both the Italian and French…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today called on President Fernando De la Rúa of Argentina to extradite former naval officer Alfredo Astiz, who is wanted for trial in Italy for the kidnapping and torture of three Italian-Argentines.     Captain Astiz,…
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Urgent Need for an International Criminal Court Cited

Human Rights Watch today condemned the failure of the Italian government to prosecute Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), for crimes against humanity, such as extrajudicial executions and massacres of civilians. The…
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November 21, 1998 Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Re: Case of Abdullah Ocalan Dear Prime Minister D'Alema: I am writing to you regarding the case of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Human…
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Human Rights Watch today urged the Italian authorities to deny the asylum request of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), noting that those believed responsible for crimes against humanity are ineligible for asylum under…