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President George W. Bush should end the transfer of detainees to countries that routinely engage in torture, such as Syria, if he is to fulfill his pledge to champion democracy and human rights in the Middle East and honor the United States' international…
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Torture Victim Plans to Rebuild Shattered Civil Society

(New York) - On November 12, Human Rights Watch will give its highest recognition to Tiawan Gongloe, a leading Liberian human rights lawyer and torture victim. An August peace agreement ended fourteen years of civil war in the West African nation. As…
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(New York) The Malaysian government should allow human rights defender Irene Fernandez to travel abroad to attend meetings with other activists, Human Rights Watch said today. Fernandez, one of Malaysia’s most prominent advocates for the rights of migrant…
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A presidential election is being held tomorrow in which one of the leading candidates stands accused of genocide. Efrain Rios Montt, a retired general, is seeking the presidency of Guatemala. In the early 1980s he headed a military regime that carried out…
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Egypt should investigate and discipline police and plainclothes security officials who beat demonstrators protesting the Iraq war and tortured some of those detained, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. (Arabic) In the 40-page report,…
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"I was caught by five or six men and thrown on the
 street. They took two wooden chairs and broke them on me while I lay on the
 ground. I was lying on my right side. They said, "Turn him over on the other
 side." I decided this was going…
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U.N. Security Council Member Facilitates Atrocities

(New York, November 5, 2003) – The government of Guinea violated the United Nations arms embargo on Liberia and supplied weapons that Liberian rebels used to commit atrocities, Human Rights Watch charged in a briefing paper released today. “It’s appalling…
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Egyptian, Liberian and U.S. Activists Recognized

Leading human rights defenders from Egypt, Liberia and the United States will receive Human Rights Watch's highest honor at its annual dinner on Wednesday, November 12, in New York. "The human rights activists we honor have worked tirelessly to promote…
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Javier Stauring, a lay chaplain for detained youths in Los Angeles, is one of three individuals Human Rights Watch will honor on November 12 for their human rights work. Stauring mobilized a local interfaith coalition in June to protest abuses against…
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The Mexican Supreme Court decision to authorize the prosecution of the perpetrators of a 1975 case of forced disappearance is a major victory for accountability, Human Rights Watch said today. The court's ruling today opens the possibility for the…
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The visit to Iran of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression should fully investigate the cases of those jailed for peacefully expressing their views, Human Rights Watch said today. The November 4-10 visit of Ambeyi Ligabo, the…
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Doctor Campaigns Against Torture While Healing Victims

On November 12, Human Rights Watch will give its highest recognition to Dr. Aida Seif El Dawla, a psychiatrist and activist whose courageous work is breaking the silence surrounding torture in Egypt. Dr. Seif El Dawla’s pioneering work provides torture…
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Guatemala's presidential candidates should publicly commit themselves to supporting a commission to investigate political violence in Guatemala, Human Rights Watch said today. In their political agendas, candidates in the November 9 election should make…
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A few weeks ago, in a quiet corner of a hotel in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, a militia leader told me that 6,000 of his armed men had recently taken control of a gold mine in the north. He reckoned that he could sell 5kg of…
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Success Hinges on Respect for Rights in Drug Crackdown

(New York) — A Global Fund for AIDS grant to a nongovernmental organization of drug users in Thailand could bolster the country's fight against HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch warned that the initiative could backfire unless…
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Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, known for his work on poverty and hunger, has written that the best policy to prevent famine is a free press. Exposing the truth is more than half the battle when it comes to averting famine. In many ways, the…
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European Union leaders should use their summit with Russia next week to voice concerns about recent developments in Chechnya and neighboring Ingushetia, Human Rights Watch said today. The biannual summit, hosted in Rome on November 6 by the Italian…
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(New York) -- Malaysia's incoming prime minister Abdullah Badawi, due to take office on Friday, should signal his commitment to human rights by repealing the Internal Security Act, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the new Malaysian leader. The…