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(London) - Human Rights Watch today called on the European Union to resist China's call to end the E.U. embargo on arms sales to China, in place since shortly after the bloody crackdown on demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4…
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Youths face abuse and inhumane conditions in Rio de Janeiro’s state juvenile detention centers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. One year ago this week, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva launched a still-unfulfilled action plan to…
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Judiciary’s Secret Squads Whitewash Repression, Incriminate Political Detainees

Secret squads operating under the authority of the Iranian judiciary have used torture to force detained Internet journalists and civil society activists to write self-incriminatory “confession letters,” Human Rights Watch said today. Evidence obtained by…
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Torture, Political Trials, Treatment of Migrants Remain Major Concerns

The Libyan government has blocked a scheduled visit by a Human Rights Watch research team. The team was slated to begin a three-week fact-finding trip on Tuesday, but the Libyan government has withheld the visas, Human Rights Watch said today. “The Libyan…
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A Human Rights Watch Backgrounder

(New York) - Rwandan troops have invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo twice in the last decade. Press reports indicate that Rwanda troops have again crossed into Congo. Violence and instability in Congo have claimed the lives of three million people…
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In Election Run-up, Address Human Rights, Security Problems

(New York) - President Hamid Karzai should appoint a warlord-free cabinet after he takes office on December 7, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the newly elected president. The letter urges President Karzai to sideline militia leaders…
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Congratulations on your election and inauguration as Afghanistan's first directly elected president. By taking part in presidential elections, Afghans overcame intimidation from regional warlords, threats from the Taliban, and tremendous logistical…
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Bill Falls Far Short of Regional Standards to Protect Human Rights in Elections

(London) - The Zimbabwe government’s draft law to regulate nongovernmental organizations threatens the existence of civil society groups in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. Scheduled for a vote in parliament next…
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Land Seizures, Protest Crackdowns Documented

(New York) - At their first meeting in two years, international donors should tell the Cambodian government it must improve its human rights record or face a reduction in non-humanitarian aid, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 6-7, Cambodia's…
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Press Freedom Essential to Free Elections

Attacks and harassment against journalists in parts of Ukraine appear aimed at stifling public debate during the country’s political crisis, Human Rights Watch said today. Ukrainian authorities must respect press freedom to ensure the integrity of the new…
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We are writing to you today to express our dismay regarding the recent kidnapping, allegedly by security agents or those in collusion with them, of rights defender Tursunbek Akunov. We call on you to ensure that an independent investigation is launched…
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More Needed to Restore Legitimacy of Commission on Human Rights

A report on the future of the United Nations, ordered last year by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and officially released today, accurately diagnoses the sorry state of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights but proposes an inadequate cure, Human Rights Watch…
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On December 1, Texas governor Rick Perry granted Frances Newton a 120-day reprieve to allow her attorneys to investigate new claims of innocence. Perry’s decision came after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles agreed in a 5-1 vote the previous day to…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Mr. President,
 
 This is a very good action plan, one the ICBL supports. A great deal of our input has been included and we are very appreciative of that. It is a good plan, but it could be made better. The unwillingness of many States Parties to…
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Divorced from Justice: Women's Unequal
 Access to Divorce in Egypt I.
 SUMMARY.. II.
 BACKGROUND... Women's Status in Egypt The Egyptian Women's Rights Movement Egypt's Discriminatory Personal Status Laws Domestic Violence in Egypt Absence…
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Government Should Address Police Violence, Homophobia and HIV/AIDS Crisis

Jamaican authorities should reject a police demand to press criminal charges against local human rights defenders who have criticized police abuses against gay men and people living with HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter  to the Jamaican…