Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
US/California: ‘Three-Strikes’ Vote a Humane Step
Voters’ approval of Proposition 36, which limits the reach of California’s “three-strikes” statute, is an important step toward a more humane sentencing system in the state, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Greece: Investigate Allegations of Torture in Custody
The public prosecutor in Greece should act swiftly to investigate allegations that police tortured protesters detained at the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA), Human Rights Watch said today. The Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection should also conduct a prompt, thorough, and independent investigation.
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Monday, October 08, 2012
Egypt: Fix Draft Constitution to Protect Key Rights
The Egyptian Constituent Assembly should amend articles in the draft constitution that undermine human rights in post-Mubarak Egypt , Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to members of the Constituent Assembly. The draft provides for some basic political and economic rights but falls far short of international law on women’s and children’s rights, freedom of religion and expression, and, surprisingly, torture and trafficking, Human Rights Watch said.
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Monday, October 08, 2012
Bahrain: King Should Quash Convictions
Bahrain’s ruler should order the release of doctors and medical personnel jailed on October 2, 2012 following an appeals court failure to reverse their 2011 convictions by a special military court, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to expunge the convictions and criminal records of nine medical personnel whose sentences were upheld by the appeals court because the convictions were based in part on confessions obtained by torture and in proceedings that were
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
US: Death at Guantanamo Underscores Need to Close Facility
The death of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay on September 8, 2012, underscores the need for the United States government to either charge detainees in civilian court or release them. The death of Adnan Latif, a Yemeni who suffered severe emotional distress and had attempted suicide several times, highlights the suffering experienced by people serving long-term indefinite detention without trial.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
US: Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya
The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya , according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Australia: ‘Pacific Solution’ Redux
The Australian parliament’s swift approval of an “offshore processing” law marks a shift in refugee policy that appears arbitrary and discriminatory on its face. The Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2011, passed by the Senate on August 16, 2012, and by the House the previous day, authorizes the transfer of asylum seekers who arrive by boat to remote Pacific islands, where they will remain indefinitely while their refugee claims are processed.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Chile: Investigate Police Violence Against Mapuches
The Chilean authorities should carry out a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the alleged unlawful use of force by police against members of the Mapuche indigenous community, Human Rights Watch said today. Officers found responsible for any unlawful use of force should be held to account and the injured civilians ensured an effective remedy. In two incidents on July 23, 2012, Caribineros police shot rubber bullets at members of the Ignacio Queipul community of Temucuicui, in Ercilla in southern Chile. The rubber bullets wounded four children and several adults.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Greece: Halt Mass Migrant Round-Ups
The Greek authorities’ ongoing sweeps targeting suspected migrants based on little more than their physical appearance violate international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Since August 4, 2012, more than 6,000 foreigners presumed to be undocumented migrants have been taken into police stations for questioning, and more than 1,500 arrested for illegal entry and residence with a view to deportation to their countries of origin.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
US/Texas: Halt Execution of Man with Intellectual Disabilities
Texas should not execute a man who has significant intellectual disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. Marvin Lee Wilson, who was sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of a police drug informant in 1992, is scheduled to be executed on August 7, 2012.
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