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Internet Arrests, Harassments Continue

The acquittal by a Cairo appeals court of eleven men earlier convicted of consensual homosexual conduct is a step forward, but arrests and harassment of men who have sex with men continue in Egypt. "Men remain imprisoned in Egypt for private acts, in a…
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The European Union should press for concrete improvements in human rights when it meets with senior Kazakh and Kyrgyz officials this week, Human Rights Watch said today. The July 22 Cooperation Council meetings constitute the single most important…
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Letter to President John Kufuor

President John Kufuor Accra, Ghana Dear President Kufuor: We are writing to you as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to welcome your efforts to end the conflict in Liberia and to create conditions that would finally…
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Local Officials Should Cease Intimidation Campaign

(Phnom Penh) The Cambodian government must order an end to the campaign of threats and intimidation by local officials in the run-up to national elections on July 27, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on Cambodian authorities to…
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Whatever one thinks of the war to topple Saddam Hussein, the issue of justice for the crimes of his regime is now coming to the fore. In one of its first acts, the new Iraqi Governing Council announced the formation of a commission to establish a tribunal…
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Whatever one thinks of the war to topple Saddam Hussein, the issue of justice for the crimes of his regime is now coming to the fore. In one of its first acts, the new Iraqi Governing Council announced the formation of a commission to establish a tribunal…
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Venezuela's Supreme Court Upholds Prior Censorship and "Insult Laws" A decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court upholding prior censorship is a major setback for freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. "This is an extremely disappointing…
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President Néstor Carlos Kirchner President of Argentina Casa Rosada Balcarse 24 Buenos Aires, Argentina AAB1064 I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch regarding new initiatives that your government has taken or is actively considering in the…
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Engineer accused of downloading Internet News, Rights Information

Egypt’s decision to continue the imprisonment without trial of engineer and antiwar activist Ashraf Ibrahim shows the government’s intent to punish and discourage peaceful dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said Ibrahim has been…
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Aftermath of Annual Meeting Marked by Setbacks to Human Rights

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) should use its upcoming visit to Tashkent to reaffirm its demands for reforms required by the Uzbek government, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter and fact sheet submitted to the EBRD in…
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Human Rights Watch was deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved colleague Mike Jendrzejczyk, the Washington Director for our Asia division. In his 13 years with Human Rights Watch, Mike was the leading advocate in the United States on human…
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President Ricardo Lagos Escobar President of the Republic of Chile Palacio de la Moneda Santiago Chile Dear Mr. President, I write in regard to the measures your government is currently considering to expedite judicial investigations into the grave…
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Abductions, torture, recruitment of child soldiers, and other abuses have sharply increased in the past year in northern Uganda due to renewed fighting between Ugandan government forces and rebels, a coalition of national and international organizations…
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The insecurity plaguing Baghdad and other Iraqi cities has a distinct and debilitating impact on the daily lives of women and girls, preventing them from participating in public life at a crucial time in their country's history, Human Rights Watch said in…
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Neighboring Ingushetia Now Affected

Russia’s abusive military operations are spreading from Chechnya to the neighboring province of Ingushetia, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch researchers in Ingushetia have documented numerous cases of arbitrary detention, ill-treatment,…
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Activist Released, But Others Still Held

(New York) -- The recent release of a Tibetan activist is welcome, but Chinese authorities should stop secret trials of other Tibetans, Human Rights Watch said today. Tserang Dondrup was released on July 11 after a year in custody, but little is known…
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How do we know that governments care about the language of resolutions at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights? Because they lobby so hard against them. The U.S. attempted to weaken language prohibiting the juvenile death penalty in a…