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Human Rights Watch today disputed statements by the Enron Corporation that no human rights abuses currently plague its majority-owned power plant in Maharashtra, India. On January 25, 1999, when Human Rights Watch published a 166-page book exposing Enron'…
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Human Rights Watch strongly condemned the January 28 kidnaping of four human rights defenders in the city of Medellín, Antioquia, and called for their immediate, safe release. "This is the first time in our experience in Colombia that human rights…
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Armenian government must respect the rights of conscientious objectors

I write to express our concern regarding six Armenian citizens who are conscientious objectors and who are currently imprisoned for refusal to do military service on religious grounds, or who are in hiding due to continued harassment. I write to express…
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Human Rights Watch told the House of Lords that there is "virtually no possibility" that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet could be tried in a Chilean court if he is returned there. In written submissions presented to a panel of Law Lords, the New…
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Human Rights Watch called on Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to grant clemency for Sean Sellers, who was sentenced to death for murders committed when he was sixteen years old.
 
 "No one should be executed…
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Human Rights Watch condemned police shootings in the Dominican Republic and called on President Leonel Fernández to order immediate investigations of the violence in the capital. We are shocked by this seemingly indiscriminate use of force," said Jos?…
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On the eve of the Parliamentary Assembly vote on Georgia's admission to the Council of Europe, Human Rights Watch cautioned against early admission for neighboring Caucasus republics, Armenia and Azerbaijan. With Georgia on the verge of Council of Europe…
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Report Charges U.S. and Indian Governments Also Overlook Human Rights Violations

The U.S. energy conglomerate Enron is complicit in serious human rights abuse in India, Human Rights Watch charges in a report released today. Enron Power Corporation owns 50 percent of the Dabhol Power Corporation, which employs security forces who…
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On the eve of a regional conference on landmines, Human Rights Watch called on all countries of North Africa to embrace the 1997 treaty banning antipersonnel landmines. "Egypt, Libya and Morocco are lagging behind the rest of the world in banning this…
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Human Rights Watch today urged the international community to back a resolution condemning China's human rights practices at the next session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva, from March 22-April 30, 1999. The drafting and lobbying for a…
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Human Rights Watch has been actively engaged with the situation in Burundi, having monitored both human rights developments and arms flows to parties to the tragic civil war in that country in the past two years. On the basis of our research, and…
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Human Rights Watch called on African officials meeting tomorrow in Arusha, Tanzania, to impose a regional arms embargo on Burundi. In a letter to Julius Nyerere, the former president of Tanzania and chief mediator in the peace negotiations concerning…
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I write to express our alarm regarding the results of a recent assessment carried out by Human Rights Watch investigators into human rights practices in Armenia. The Council of Europe's review of Armenia's membership application should yield substantial…
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Human Rights Watch is urging major Internet service providers such as Microsoft, America On-Line, and AT&T to publicly condemn the two-year jail sentence handed down earlier today to Lin Hai, a computer company owner in Shanghai. Lin Hai was tried on…
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Urgent Need for an International Criminal Court Cited

Human Rights Watch today condemned the failure of the Italian government to prosecute Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), for crimes against humanity, such as extrajudicial executions and massacres of civilians. The…
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In a June 10, 1998 letter to you, Human Rights Watch recommended that no further progress be made in consideration of Azerbaijan's membership application to the Council of Europe until such time as the government achieved measurable progress in adopting…