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(New York and London) The Vietnamese government should immediately release Thich Tri Luc, a Buddhist monk who was arrested and forcibly repatriated to Vietnam after receiving refugee status in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said…
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(Santafé de Bogotá, September 18, 2003) -- More than 11,000 children fight in Colombia's armed conflict, one of the highest totals in the world, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Both guerrilla and paramilitary forces rely on child…
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President Vicente Fox should instruct state officials to cooperate with investigations into past human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent to Fox today. Substantive progress is urgently needed if Mexico…
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The Eritrean government should release political prisoners and allow for freedom of the press, Human Rights Watch said on the second anniversary of a major crackdown against civil society. Eritrea's practice of arbitrary arrests and detentions continues…
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Liberian government forces and rebel fighters are committing grave human rights abuses while peacekeeping forces remain inadequate, Human Rights Watch said today in a briefing paper. A U.N. peacekeeping force of 15,000 has been proposed for deployment in…
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Regarding the Upcoming Presidential Elections

One month remains before Azerbaijan’s presidential elections. We are writing to ask that you send a public letter to Prime Minister Ilham Aliev urging the Azerbaijani government to take steps now to ensure a fair election process and setting out…
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With the tragic death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, the human rights movement lost one of its most accomplished, principled advocates, Human Rights Watch said today. “Foreign Minister Lindh was an exceptionally committed and effective champion…
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Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has presented a bill to his Congress that would allow paramilitary members who have committed atrocities to skip prison for a fee. Among them are men the United States has identified as terrorists for their willingness to…
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Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has presented a bill to his Congress that would allow paramilitary members who have committed atrocities to skip prison for a fee. Among them are men the United States has identified as…
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Lebanon should halt its repeated harassment of human rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The Lebanese government must remove all travel and other restrictions on Samira Trad, whose organization Frontiers Center promotes the rights of refugees…
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ALP Fights Human Rights Abuse Driving AIDS

The AIDS Law Project (ALP), a pioneering organization that helps combat HIV/AIDS by protecting the rights of the millions affected by the disease in South Africa, is the recipient of the 2003 “Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights” from the…
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(Washington, DC) - Chile must now hold accountable those responsible for gross human rights violations under military rule, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. The paper was issued to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the military…
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United States Gets Mixed Review

(New York) -- Eighteen Eighteen countries destroyed their stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in the past year, according to the annual global report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), released today in Washington, D.C. In a year full of…
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New Report Condemns California AIDS Policy

Government interference with sterile syringe programs is thwarting HIV prevention efforts in California, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. State laws and local enforcement are preventing drug users from obtaining the sterile syringes they…
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September 2003Vol. 15, No. 2(G) UNITED STATES INJECTING REASON: HUMAN RIGHTS AND HIV PREVENTION FOR INJECTION DRUG USERS California: A Case Study DEFINITIONS OF AND NOTES ON KEY TERMS I.SUMMARY.. II.RECOMMENDATIONS To the government of the state of…
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(New York) - The Indian government must protect three activists harassed and intimidated for their efforts to protect witnesses to last year's massacres in Gujarat, Human Rights Watch wrote in a letter to the Indian government today. "The Indian…
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Tunisian authorities have stepped up harassment of human rights activists in the past week, Human Rights Watch said today. Former political prisoner Abdullah Zouari received a nine-month sentence August 29 after a politically motivated prosecution on…
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Letter to UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw on the Sept. 2003 Draft Security Council Resolution

In your public statements in recent months, you and the Prime Minister have placed great emphasis on the abuses Saddam Hussein committed against his own people as a justification for the military action taken against Iraq. But what is the U.K. government…