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 08, 2009
Uganda: End Torture by Anti-Terror Unit
The Ugandan government should take prompt action to end unlawful arrest and torture by its anti-terrorism unit, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 89-page report, " Open Secret: Illegal Detention and Torture by the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force in Uganda ," documents the task force's abusive response to alleged rebel and terrorist activity by unlawfully detaining and brutally torturing suspects.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Serbia: Aid Evicted Roma
The Serbian authorities should provide alternative homes and compensation for 47 Roma families forcibly evicted in Belgrade on April 3, 2009, from housing considered substandard, Human Rights Watch and the European Roma Rights Centre said today in a letter to the Serbian government.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Peru: Fujimori Verdict a Rights Victory
Today's conviction of Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, is a major advance for human rights accountability in the region and beyond, Human Rights Watch said today. A three-judge panel of the Peruvian Supreme Court found Fujimori guilty on charges involving serious human rights violations.
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Friday, April 03, 2009
US/EU: Help Close Guantanamo by Accepting Some Detainees
The European Union should help the Obama administration close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by accepting some of the detainees who cannot return to their home countries because they would risk torture or other abuse, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009
US: Ensure Yemenis Not Mistreated After Release
The Obama administration should ensure that two Yemenis ordered released from Guantanamo by the US Justice Department and a federal court this week do not face further illegal detention or other mistreatment, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that releasing the two Yemenis from Guantanamo would be an important step towards President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison .
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Russia: Rights Advocate Seriously Hurt in Attack
The Russian authorities should investigate the violent attack against Lev Ponomarev, a prominent Russian human rights defender, nine international human rights organizations said today. Ponomarev, 67, was attacked and seriously injured by several unidentified assailants late on the night of March 31, 2009, outside his apartment building in Moscow.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
US: Seeking Human Rights Council Seat
The United States' decision to run for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council is a step toward more engaged and effective US leadership on human rights globally, Human Rights Watch said today. By seeking a seat on the 47-member UN council, the US government can make its voice heard in critical debates on the protection and promotion of human rights worldwide.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
US: Los Angeles County Should Test Thousands of Rape Kits
Los Angeles County officials should move urgently to test a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits - the physical evidence collected after a sexual assault - to ensure justice for rape victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 68-page report, "Testing Justice: The Rape Kit Backlog in Los Angeles City and County," reveals that the backlog of untested rape kits in Los Angeles County is larger and more widespread than previously reported.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
Kenya: End Abuse and Neglect of Somali Refugees
Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in Kenya face abuse by corrupt and violent police and a rapidly growing humanitarian emergency in the world's largest refugee settlement, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Israel: White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes
Israel's repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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