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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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
New York: Stop Sending Prison Drug Users to ‘the Box’
New York State's practice of sentencing inmates to months, even years, in disciplinary segregation for drug use and possession and denying them effective drug dependence treatment constitutes cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Bahrain: Coerced Testimony Taints Trial
Bahrain's use of televised, coerced testimony and other serious flaws in the criminal trial of an opposition leader and others shows contempt for the right to a fair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that all coerced testimony in the trial of Hassan Mushaima, leader of the political opposition group Haq, and 34 others should be withdrawn and that those not charged with a genuine criminal offense should be freed.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Morocco: Free Rights Activist
Moroccan authorities are detaining Chekib el-Khayari for his human rights and whistle-blowing activities and should release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today, after an on-the-ground investigation into the case. El-Khayari has been in detention for four weeks. The court has not yet formally charged him. On February 21, 2009, el-Khayari appeared in a Casablanca court before Investigating Judge Jamal Serhane.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Middle East and North Africa: US Cuts Cluster Bomb Supply
A new US law permanently banning nearly all cluster bomb exports by the United States will end a long period of transfers of the weapon to Israel and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure should spur the countries in the region as well as the US to join the international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
US: Immigration Detention Neglects Health
The medical care system in US immigration detention is dangerously inadequate, with unique consequences for women, and improving health care for immigration detainees should be a top priority for the new administration, Human Rights Watch and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) said.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
US: Cluster Bomb Exports Banned
Legislation signed into law on March 11, 2009 by President Obama will make permanent a ban on nearly all cluster bomb exports by the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States should review its stance on joining the international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions in light of this action, Human Rights Watch said. "This permanent export ban is a major turnaround in US policy," said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch. "It brings Washington into closer alignment with international opinion on this terrible weapon."
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Cayman Islands: Ensure Equality for All
The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, should revise a draft constitution that will be submitted to voters on May 20, 2009, to ensure that it gives full protections to all against unequal treatment, and the British government should ensure that this happens, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to the Cayman governor, Stuart Jack, and the British foreign secretary, David Miliband.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
US: A Positive Step on Travel to Cuba
The US Congress took a positive step in the nation's new budget toward dismantling the harsh travel restrictions that cause the forced separation of Cuban families, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 10, 2009, the Senate approved a budget that would cut off all funds for enforcing the tightened travel restrictions imposed on Cuban-Americans by President Bush in 2004. Under those rules, individuals are limited to visiting relatives in Cuba once every three years and only if those relatives fit a narrow definition of family, which excludes aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
DR Congo: Militia Leader Guilty in Landmark Trial
The conviction of the Mai Mai commander Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga and 20 other Mai Mai combatants for crimes on major charges, including crimes against humanity, by a military court on March 5, 2009, was a crucial step toward creating accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial by the military court of the garrison of Haut-Katanga, in Katanga province, lasted for 19 months and was the country's largest trial involving charges of crimes against humanity.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
China: Hundreds of Tibetan Detainees and Prisoners Unaccounted For
The first extensive analysis of official Chinese accounts regarding the arrests and trials of Tibetan protesters from March 2008 shows that by the Chinese government's own count, there have been thousands of arbitrary arrests, and more than 100 trials pushed through the judicial system, Human Rights Watch said today. New Human Rights Watch research and analysis point to a judicial system so highly politicized as to preclude any possibility of protesters being judged fairly.
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