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The European Union should protest the prohibition of a civil society forum at an Africa summit in Cairo. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has prohibited a gathering of representatives of African civil society that was scheduled to take place before…
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Snipers in Gekhi-Chu Shot Civilians

Human Rights Watch released fresh evidence of Russian forces committing summary executions in a Chechen village. Russia's brutal conduct in the war in Chechnya is currently being debated at the United Nations Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, and…
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Human Rights Watch called on the Angolan government to stop its ongoing crackdown on press freedom in Angola, and urged the government to abide by the rule of law and respect press freedom. Human Rights Watch has registered twenty-seven cases of…
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Former Chinese Official Writes to Chinese Authorities

(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today condemned the Chinese government's harassment of Bao Tong, a former Chinese Central Committee member imprisoned during the student protests in May 1989. In a letter to Chinese authorities made public today, Bao, who…
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The arrest of a colonel who may have committed rape in Chechnya does not address a pattern of sexual assault by Russian forces in the Chechen conflict. Human Rights Watch today released fresh evidence of two additional cases of rape that it has documented…
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In a letter addressed to the prime ministers of the European Union member states, Human Rights Watch called on the E.U. to shine a spotlight on widespread human rights violations in Africa and take concrete steps to end impunity for such abuses. Human…
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The Honorable Blaise Compaore President of the Republic of Burkina Faso Dear President Compaore: I am writing on behalf of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, an independent human rights monitoring group, to ask you urgently to investigate…
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Numerous violations and irregularities threaten integrity of vote

Recent elections to the lower chamber of a new parliament in Tajikistan were marred by flagrant fraud and manipulation of the vote. The presidential People's Democratic Party (PDP) has thus far received thirty of the sixty-three seats in the lower chamber…
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The Uzbek government is waging a fierce campaign against local human rights activists, according to a Human Rights Watch report released today. The 32-page report details government attacks on a dozen of the country's most active and outspoken rights…
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Release of Remaining Prisoners Urged

Human Rights Watch welcomed the recent release of more than one hundred political prisoners in Congo, and urged President Kabila to release the remaining detainees who are eligible for an amnesty announced on February 19. A joint government commission is…
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Human Rights Watch called for the immediate release of Akin Birdal, the former president of the Turkish Human Rights Association, who is once again behind bars. Birdal's release from prison on health grounds in September 1999 was widely viewed as an…
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Writers, Journalists, Academics, and Publishers at Risk

Human Rights Watch called on the Kuwaiti government to repeal laws unduly restricting freedom of expression. "Bad laws make for bad court rulings," said Hanny Megally, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. "The…
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Trial of Political Figure Opens on Day of U.S. President's Arrival

(New York) President Clinton should speak out against the detention of a key political figure who goes on trial today in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said. On the day President Clinton arrives in Pakistan Dr. Farooq Sattar is set to face hearings for…
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China has unveiled a new "kinder and gentler" strategy for dealing with accusations of human-rights violations. Not surprisingly, the softer approach coincides with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which opened in Geneva this week. The…
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Rwanda Tribunal Should be Expanded to Include Burundi

(New York) - The brutal war in Burundi is increasingly involving other countries in Central Africa, and the United Nations tribunal for Rwanda should be expanded to include serious crimes being committed in Burundi, Human Rights Watch said in a new…
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Citing war crimes in Chechnya, Human Rights Watch criticized the World Bank for making a $100 million payment to the Russian government. In letters to World Bank President James Wolfensohn and to the Bank's board of directors, the rights group argued that…
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Humanitarian Emergency Should be Focus of Friday Debate

In a letter sent yesterday, Human Rights Watch and five other organizations asked the United Nations Security Council to take decisive steps to address the humanitarian emergency in Iraq. "The Council should make Friday's meeting open and public," said…
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Chechen Civilians Spent Days Under Siege

Russian forces trapped more than 2,000 civilians during a bombardment in Chechnya earlier this month. The civilians were detained for four days in the besieged village of Komsomolskoye, some thirty kilometers south of Grozny. Russian forces began to…