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Human Rights Watch Backgrounder

The Security Council will hold an open briefing on Angola on March 15 at 10 am. Ambassador Robert Fowler of Canada, chair of the Council's Sanctions Committee on Angola, will present a report on the sanctions regime against the National Union for the…
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State Secrets Conviction Ahead of U.N. Meeting in Geneva

(New York)—Human Rights Watch today condemned the harsh prison sentence handed down in the case of Uighur businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer. The eight year sentence was issued by the Urumqi Intermediate Court in Xinjiang, China on March 10. The international…
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(Washington, D.C.) - President Eduardo Frei should grant a pardon to journalist José Ale Aravena, who was convicted last month of "insulting" the former president of the Supreme Court in Chile, Human Rights Watch said today. The Supreme Court gave Ale a…
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Yesterday Uzbek police confiscated reports published by the U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch. Police at the Syrdarya regional court took the reports from a Human Rights Watch representative who is monitoring the trial of twelve men charged with…
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Government Condemned for Hospital Bombing

Sudanese rebels should go back to the negotiating table with international aid agencies to avoid massive civilian suffering. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in southern Sudan face the cutoff of essential services, including food, because the rebel…
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Governor Must End Inhumane Practices

South Dakota must stop subjecting children to inhumane treatment in detention, Human Rights Watch urged in a letter to South Dakota Governor William Janklow.
 
 Since the death of a fourteen-year-old girl at the state boot camp for girls last year…
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A letter to South Dakota Governor William Janklow

The letter described arbitrary and inhumane disciplinary practices that amount to "a stunning indictment of the state's juvenile detention system," wrote Michael Bochenek, Counsel to the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Juvenile rights…
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Senegal's Habre Arrest a Precursor, Says Rights Group

(New York) - Human Rights Watch today called on abuse victims to use the "Pinochet precedent" to press criminal actions against exiled or traveling officials who have committed atrocities. The international rights organization, which took part the…
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United Nations Should Act, Says Rights Group

(New York) - Sierra Leone rebels are regularly committing atrocities against civilians in areas less than 40 kilometers outside the capital of Freetown. Human Rights Watch has documented numerous rebel abuses committed during the months of January and…
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Chile Urged to Prosecute Ex-Dictator

(New York) - Human Rights Watch said today that the arrest of Augusto Pinochet represented a permanent advance in the cause of human rights, despite the decision by British Home Secretary Jack Straw to allow him to return to Chile. The group also called…
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Testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The evidence we have gathered in Chechnya is disturbing: Russian forces have committed grave abuses, including war crimes, in their campaign in Chechnya. In Grozny, the graffiti on the walls reads "Welcome to Hell: Part Two," about as good a summary as…
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Q. How likely are the Chilean courts to prosecute Pinochet?    A. There are legal obstacles to Pinochet's prosecution in Chile, including:   his immunity from criminal process as a senator for life;     an amnesty decree that covers crimes committed…
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U.N. Delegates Urged to Take Action on Small Arms

Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations to take urgent action to address the spread and misuse of small arms. Diplomats are meeting in New York from February 28 to March 3 to prepare for the U.N. Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and…
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"Pattern" of summary executions emerging

Russian soldiers went on a killing spree on February 5 in Aldi district in southern Grozny, murdering at least sixty-two civilians. "It is becoming increasingly clear that these are not isolated incidents," said Holly Cartner, Executive Director of the…
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Attorney Misconduct Cited

-- In a letter to Governor George W. Bush of Texas, Human Rights Watch called on the governor to grant a thirty-day reprieve to Betty Lou Beets, a 62 year old woman slated to be executed for the 1983 murder of her husband. In a separate letter to the…
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Albright urged to toughen human rights conditions

In a new reportThe Ties That Bind: Colombia and Military-Paramilitary Links, Human Rights Watch accused specific brigades and commanding officers in the Colombian military of collaborating with paramilitaries who are committing atrocities against…
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Dear Madam Secretary: I wish to draw your attention to information obtained by Human Rights Watch that provides detailed, abundant, and compelling evidence of continuing close ties between the Colombian Army and paramilitary groups responsible for…
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Hurried Change to Chile's Constitution Condemned

(New York) - Human Rights Watch today condemned a proposed constitutional reform in Chile that would give permanent immunity from prosecution to all former heads of state. The Chilean parliament is expected to pass the new measure by the end of March. "…
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Trafficking in persons -- the illegal and highly profitable transport and sale of human beings for the purpose of exploiting their labor -- is a slavery-like practice that must be eliminated. Human Rights Watch has been involved in documenting and…