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, March 04, 2009
ICC: Bashir Warrant Is Warning to Abusive Leaders
The International Criminal Court's (ICC) issuance of an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan signals that even those at the top may be held to account for mass murder, rape and torture, Human Rights Watch said today. ICC judges granted the warrant for Bashir, its first for a sitting head of state, on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in orchestrating Sudan's abusive counterinsurgency campaign in Darfur.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
UN: Stop Needless Suffering
The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, starting March 11, 2009, should address the lack of access to pain relief medicines in many countries, which leaves tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from severe but treatable pain, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
US: Drug Arrests Skewed by Race
Blacks have been arrested nationwide on drug charges at higher rates than whites for nearly three decades, even though they engage in drug offenses at comparable rates, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Using data obtained from the FBI, the report reveals the extent and persistence of racial disparities in US drug-law enforcement.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
US: Join Allies in Banning Landmines
The United States should reconsider its stance and join the treaty banning antipersonnel landmines, Human Rights Watch said today. Sunday, March 1 will mark 10 years since the treaty became binding international law. "In the decade since the Mine Ban Treaty took effect, the weapon has become so stigmatized that it is almost inconceivable that the United States would ever use it again," said Steve Goose, director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch. "The US should stop being the odd man out and join its allies in banning antipersonnel mines."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Syria: Dissolve the State Security Court
Syrian authorities should abolish the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), a special court that exists outside the ordinary criminal justice system to prosecute those perceived as challenging the government, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In the 73-page report, "Far from Justice: Syria's Supreme State Security Court," Human Rights Watch documents how the SSSC has relied on sham trials to prosecute at least 153 defendants since January 2007 on the basis of vague charges that criminalize freedom of expression.
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Angola: Strengthen Voting and Rights Protections
The government should address the failings in the 2008 parliamentary elections and ensure that the resounding victory of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) does not translate into further restrictions of civil and political freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. In a 45-page report, "Democracy or Monopoly?
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Belgium Asks World Court to Act on Former Chad Dictator
Belgium's request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Senegal to prosecute or extradite the exiled former dictator of Chad, is an important step towards ensuring that Hissène Habré does not escape justice, five African and international human rights groups said today . Belgium made the application to the court late on February 19, 2009. Habré, accused of massive atrocities during his rule in Chad from 1992 to 2000, has lived in Senegal since his fall. Senegal arrested him on torture charges in 2000 but released him in 2001.
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Friday, February 20, 2009
EU: Press Croatia to Continue Cooperation With Yugoslav Tribunal
The European Union should send a signal to Croatian authorities that they should continue to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, including by handing over key documents, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Israel/Egypt: Choking Gaza Harms Civilians
Israel should urgently end its unlawful restrictions on desperately needed humanitarian aid and basic goods entering Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today. Security concerns do not justify overly broad limitations on the delivery of food, fuel, and other essential supplies.
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Monday, February 16, 2009
Lebanon: Removal of Religion From IDs Positive but Not Sufficient
The decision by Lebanon's Minister of Interior to give citizens the right to remove their religious affiliation from identification papers is an improvement, but further steps are needed for Lebanon to meet its international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The group urged the government to move urgently to adopt a civil personal status code which would be applicable to any Lebanese, irrespective of religious affiliation, and would ensure access to equal treatment under the law in personal status matters.
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