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(Goma, July 30, 2020) – Criminal gangs have kidnapped for ransom at least 170 people near the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo between April 2017 and March 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Small groups armed with guns and…
(Nairobi, July 27, 2020) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) announcement on July 16, 2020 of the upcoming trial of two militia leaders is a significant step for justice for grave crimes committed in the Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch…

No Time to Trim the Sails

INTRODUCTION In the fifteen years since its inception, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the intended centerpiece of a worldwide “system” of justice for the most serious international crimes, has had serious problems. Some of these have been caused…
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Kyrgyzstan's authorities responsible for rights defender's death in prison; violence against civilians in Cameroon; ageing supertanker threat in Yemen; labor rights in Lebanon; internet block hampering aid efforts in Myanmar; and challenging the latest…
Ethnic Uzbek journalist Azimzhan Askarov, who was arbitrarily arrested, tortured, convicted after an unfair trial and jailed for life looks through metal bars during hearings at the Bishkek regional court, Kyrgyzstan.

Armed Group’s Landmine Use Doesn’t Justify Ban in Rakhine, Chin States

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Three people walk along a road close to the surge of fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar military in Rakhine State, January 25, 2019.
Trending rights tweets this week: Trump's abusive response to protests in the US escalates; time to end forced labor in Xinjiang; activists jailed in Zimbabwe for speaking out; and upholding the rule of law in the face of authoritarianism. 
Federal officers run after dispersing protesters in Portland, Oregon, July 22, 2020.

Protests Highlight Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, Lack of Training

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Young people march in Guadalajara, Jalisco on June 6, 2020 to protest the May 4 killing of Giovanni López after he was arrested in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Jalisco, allegedly for not wearing a mask.
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What world do we want as we emerge from the pandemic?; Ai Weiwei receives award from HRW; violence against protesters and reporters in the US; desperate plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya; Cuba's repression targets doctors; nail in coffin of press freedom in…
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