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, April 29, 2009
EU Should Help Close Guantanamo by Resettling Detainees
European countries should help the Obama administration close the Guantanamo Bay prison by offering to resettle some detainees who face torture at home, Human Rights Watch said today. US Attorney General Eric Holder is in Europe this week to discuss Guantanamo resettlement and other issues. "European countries have long called on the United States to close Guantanamo," said Stacy Sullivan, counterterrorism adviser at Human Rights Watch.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
UN: Punish Abuse of Children in War
The United Nations Security Council should impose sanctions on governments and armed groups for using child soldiers, sexual violence against children, and attacks on schools, and should promote effective prosecution of the commanders responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. The Security Council will hold an open debate on children and armed conflict on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Guinea: Rein in Soldiers
Guinean soldiers have been implicated in regular acts of theft and violence against businesspeople and ordinary citizens since a new government took power in a military coup in December 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. The new government should put a stop to these attacks and make certain that the police, gendarmerie, and judiciary carry out independent investigations and prosecute implicated soldiers.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sudan: Revise Repressive Press Law
Sudan's parliament should make major changes to a draft press law to ensure that it protects freedom of speech as guaranteed under the Sudanese constitution and international law, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed law, to be debated this week in parliament, is among 21 laws the two parties in the Government of National Unity have agreed to revise. Human Rights Watch said that these revisions are needed to bring Sudan's laws into line with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to create an environment for free and fair elections, now slated for February 2010.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
EU: Use Trade Pact to Improve Rights in Turkmenistan
The European Union should press the Turkmen government to improve its abysmal human rights record before agreeing to enhanced relations with the country, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Israel/Gaza: Israeli Military Investigation Not Credible
The Israeli military's findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel and Hamas should cooperate with Justice Richard Goldstone, the eminent international jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate serious laws-of-war violations during the recent conflict.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Governments Should Endorse Anti-Racism Declaration
Governments that boycotted the UN racism conference should now demonstrate their commitment to fight racism by endorsing the conference declaration, Human Rights Watch said today. By so doing, they can ensure that the conference will be remembered for its commitment to victims of racism and not for an inflammatory speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. The document affirms the right to freedom of expression while combating racism, and calls on governments to take action to eradicate multiple or aggravated forms of discrimination.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
UN: Elect Rights-Respecting States to Human Rights Council
Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia undermine their candidacies for the May 12, 2009 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a global coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs ) said in a letter released today.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Americas: Create Unified, Effective Approach to Cuba
Heads of state gathered at the Summit of the Americas should work together to create a new, unified approach to Cuba that will be more effective toward dismantling Cuba's repressive machinery, Human Rights Watch said today. Several of the participating leaders have pledged to raise the issue of...
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tunisia: Honor Pledge on Prison Access
Tunisia should honor its pledge to grant Human Rights Watch access to its prisons, Human Rights Watch said today. In an open letter sent today to members of the UN Human Rights Committee and to member nations of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said that although Tunisia had announced before these bodies a year ago that the organization would be able to visit its prisons, it was obstructing the visits by setting unacceptable conditions. As a result, negotiations between Tunisia's Justice Ministry and Human Rights Watch over the terms of the visits have stagnated.
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