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It was just a bolt of pink cotton lying on the floor of a school gym but more than 20 years later, it haunts me still – soldiers tore off strips of that cloth, blindfolded dozens of men, trucked them to a nearby field, shot them, and buried all but a…
Two Bosnian Muslim women cry over a coffin July 10, 2005 with remains of their relative in a factory hall in Potocari where 610 victims of Srebrenica massacre wait for the funeral.
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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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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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Credible Accusations of Disappearances, Executions, and Organ-Trafficking

(New York) - The United States and European governments should demand thorough and impartial criminal investigations in Kosovo and Albania into allegations of serious crimes by former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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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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The fact that Radovan Karadzic will face trial has important ramifications for the case against Omar Bashir, which must not now be delayed. Most obviously, the arrest of Radovan Karadzic is good news for the victims of the Bosnian war and their relatives…
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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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Slobodan Milosevic conducted his legal defense much as he did his political life: with bombast, bullying and belligerence. Observing Milosevic for weeks and weeks in The Hague in the first half of his four-year trial, it became quickly clear to me that he…
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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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Former Yugoslav States Should Reject ICC Side Agreements

The Bush administration's pressure on Croatia and Slovenia in pursuit of a special exemption from the International Criminal Court (ICC) while rightly insisting on cooperation with the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal is blatant hypocrisy.    In recent days,…
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(The Hague) - When the history of international justice is written, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic will appear as an important landmark for his victims. But it will also be seen as a prelude to the permanent International Criminal Court, the most…
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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…