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Izbica, Meja, Bela Crkva: these were once small, anonymous villages in Kosovo. Now, like Srebrenica or Vukovar, these names will resonate around the world as sites of grisly civilian massacres. In Bosnia, in Rwanda, in Cambodia, it has taken years to…
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As appeared in Koha Ditore

Last Friday Human Rights Watch released a statement criticizing the KLA for committing human rights abuses against ethnic Serbs, as well as against some ethnic Albanians and Roma, in the western part of Kosovo. Yesterday I gave an interview to the BBC…
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Paramilitary Offensive Endangers Lives

Authorities in Venezuela and Colombia recently intimidated refugees into returning to areas where they may face death. The organization sent letters Thursday to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Colombian President Andrés Pastrana urging them to ensure…
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In a letter sent today to the prosecutor general of the Phnom Penh Appeals Court, Human Rights Watch called for criminal charges against two Cambodian human rights workers to be dropped. Kim Sen and Meas Minear of the human rights organization, Licadho,…
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New Testimonies on Mutilation, Rape of Civilians

(New York) - Rebel forces in Sierra Leone systematically murdered, mutilated, and raped civilians during their January offensive, Human Rights Watch charged today. In a report released on the eve of an important United Nations visit to Freetown, Human…
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I would like to thank you for the written response by your government to our January 15 letter regarding human rights violations in Armenia, and to convey our appreciation for the time and effort you have devoted to this dialogue with Human Rights Watch.…
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Human Rights Watch today castigated the Malaysian press for taking statements out of context. We issued a statement on June 11 condemning the public vilification of Anwar Ibrahim and raising concerns about everything from independence of the Malaysian…
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Human Rights Watch today called on Virginia's governor to grant clemency to prevent an execution scheduled for tomorrow that violates international law.
 
 If it executes Thomas, the state of Virginia will flout international standards forbidding…
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We are writing to urge you to commute the death sentence of Douglas Christopher Thomas, who is scheduled for execution tomorrow. Mr. Thomas was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of his girlfriend's parents, crimes which he committed at…
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Clinton Urged to Back Stronger Measures in Geneva

Human Rights Watch called on President Clinton to use his speech in Geneva this Wednesday to back a stronger international ban on the use of child soldiers. Although trade unions and many governments supported a total ban on the participation of children…
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Human Rights Watch today denounced what it called the public vilification of Anwar Ibrahim and said it would be closely observing the second trial of Malaysia's former deputy prime minister. We thought Anwar's first trial was unfair and the harsh six-…
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In a new report published today, three human rights organizations urged the Royal Cambodian Government to end impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations in Cambodia. Two Cambodian organizations, Adhoc and Licadho, joined with an international…
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Dear Attorney General Reno: I am writing to express Human Rights Watch's deep concern about the gross inadequacy of the settlement agreement recently negotiated between the…
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Settlement Agreement Lacks Adequate Protections for Female Inmates Sexually Abused by Prison Staff

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Human Rights Watch condemned "as grossly inadequate" the settlement agreement reached between the Department of Justice and the Michigan Department of Corrections in The United States of America v. Michigan…
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Human Rights Watch today said the four-year prison sentence given to Fang Jue, a Chinese official turned entrepreneur, for alleged unfair business practices made a mockery of China's commitment to the rule of law. In fact, the forty-four-year-old Fang was…
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Human Rights Watch today condemned the arrest of Moncef Marzouki, spokesman of the National Council for Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT). Four plainclothesman seized Dr. Marzouki on a street in downtown Tunis Saturday without identifying themselves or showing…
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Human Rights Watch today welcomed Indonesia's first free elections in forty-five years and urged both winners and losers to set forth a clear human rights agenda. One of the good things about a democratically elected government is that if the victors don…
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On the eve of the imprisonment of well-known human rights activist Akin Birdal, Human Rights Watch today condemned Mr. Birdal's one-year sentence as a violation of his right to free speech. Mr. Birdal is president of the prominent Human Rights Association…