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Senior military officers are resigning ahead of elections. But will it change anything?

MAE SOT, Thailand - In Myanmar today, dozens of middle-aged generals are shedding their uniforms. In the latest round of preparations for Myanmar's multi-party national elections on Nov. 7, senior military officers are resigning their commissions,…
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Accountability a Key Test for Indonesia, Donors

(New York) - A mobile phone video showing apparent torture of two Papuan men highlights the need for the Indonesian government to credibly investigate serious human rights violations and hold those responsible accountable, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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A Joint Conference with Human Rights Watch and the Southeast Asia Studies Program at Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Human Rights Watch and the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University are pleased to invite you to attend our one-day conference entitled "A Return to Civilian Rule? The…
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Planned Reform Should Include Monitoring and Apply to Domestic Workers

(New York) - The Kuwaiti government's announcement that it will abolish its employer-based sponsorship system for recruiting migrant workers by February 2011 is a significant step to address a major source of labor abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. It…
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Interview with Tom Malinowski

"The Afghan government has said there will be negotiations with the Taliban. The U.S. government supports that ultimately because we all know that that's the only way to end the war. When all is said and done, the question is, think about the stoning case…
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Guest Message

In September 2008 a classified ad appeared in a newspaper in Colombia. It read: "Cancer is killing us. Pain is killing me because for several days I have been unable to find injectable morphine in any place. Please Mr. Secretary of Health, do…
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(Washington, DC) - President Barack Obama should move swiftly to implement landmark legislation he signed today committing the US to help civilians in central Africa threatened by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a coalition of 49 human rights,…
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Young people are on the frontlines of many of the world’s human rights crises, but we all too rarely get to hear their point of view. The third edition of Youth Producing Change shares powerful stories from young filmmakers across the globe as they turn…
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Liu Xiaobo, one of the most outspoken critics of the Chinese government, spent a year and a half in prison after the 1989 Tiananmen Square peaceful protests, and in 1996 was imprisoned for three years for criticizing China's policy toward Taiwan and the…
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Humanitarian Space Across Country Again Narrowing Ahead of 2010 Polls

(Bangkok) - The Burmese government continues to deny basic freedoms and place undue restrictions on aid agencies despite significant gains in rehabilitating areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis two years ago, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released…
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Prosecute Officials Involved at All Levels

(Baghdad) - Detainees in a secret Baghdad detention facility were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraq should thoroughly investigate and prosecute all…
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Parliament Should Reject Bill for Nationwide Restrictions

(Brussels, April 21, 2010) - The Belgian Parliament should vote down a bill that would criminalize wearing the full Muslim veil in all public places in Belgium, Human Rights Watch said today. The lower chamber of Parliament is expected to debate the bill…
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Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, releases the organization's 20th annual World Report.
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The human rights crisis in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories worsened in 2009, particularly in Gaza, where Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians and destroyed civilian homes and infrastructure during Operation Cast Lead, a…
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Rachel Reid, who has been based in Afghanistan, explains the difficulties and stigma women face in in reporting domestic cases of abuse. She also talks about why the laws and police don’t adequately protect women. Reid, a researcher for Human Rights…
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60 Minutes Report

In June of 2005, Human Rights Watch published "The Curse of Gold," a report detailing the widespread human rights abuses linked to ruthless efforts by armed groups and multinational companies to control and profit from gold mining areas in northeastern…
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Obama Should Replace Failed Embargo With Effective Multilateral Policy

(Washington, DC) - Raúl Castro's government has locked up scores of people for exercising their fundamental freedoms and allowed scores more political prisoners arrested during Fidel Castro's rule to languish in detention, Human Rights Watch says in a…
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On 20th anniversary, Convention on the Rights of the Child Embraced by World but Not the US

(New York) - The United States should ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is supported by nearly every other nation in the world, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and Somalia are the only countries that have failed to…
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Unlawful Detention Facilities Breed Violence, Threats, Extortion

(New York) - Since 2003, large numbers of Chinese citizens have been held incommunicado for days or months in secret, unlawful detention facilities known as "black jails" by state agents who violate detainees' rights with impunity, Human Rights Watch said…
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Doctors in India say it’s time for the Indian government to integrate palliative care into routine health care. Photography and footage by Brent Foster for Human Rights Watch.

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