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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Friday, February 13, 2009
Thailand: Stop Threatening Activists in the South
The Thai military should immediately end the intimidation of human rights defenders in the southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said today. Growing reports of abuses and illegal tactics by the security forces seriously undermine the credibility of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has vowed to bring justice to the conflict-ridden region. Early in the morning of February 8, 2009, about 20 soldiers and police raided the office of the Working Group for Peace and Justice (WGPJ) in Pattani province and intimidated personnel.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
DR Congo: Rwandan Rebels Slaughter Over 100 Civilians
The rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) brutally slaughtered at least 100 Congolese civilians in the Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between January 20 and February 8, 2009, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed dozens of victims and witnesses who recently arrived from neighboring areas of Ufamandu and Walowaluanda (North Kivu province) and from Ziralo (South Kivu province) at displaced persons camps near Goma, the capital of North Kivu.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Southern Sudan: Protect Civilians, Improve Rule of Law
The Government of Southern Sudan should take urgent steps to uphold human rights, including protecting civilians from armed communal violence and excessive use of force by soldiers and security forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At the same time, the Government of National Unity, comprising the northern National Congress Party and the southern Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), should implement without delay the human rights provisions of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the 21-year civil war.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
UN: Strengthen Action to End Use of Child Soldiers
Former child soldiers and other youth representing a grassroots campaign from around the world will present thousands of symbolic "red hands" to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to demand stronger action by international leaders to end the use of child soldiers. A UN treaty prohibiting the forced recruitment or use of children under the age of 18 in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, has been ratified by 126 countries and entered into force on February 12, 2002, a date commemora
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Indonesia: Protect Child Domestic Workers
The Indonesian government is failing to protect children working as domestic workers from abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report . The report calls on the Indonesian government to grant fundamental labor rights to domestic workers and to strictly enforce the existing minimum age requirement of 15 for full-time employment for all workers.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Iran: Four Journalists Sentenced to Prison, Floggings
The sentencing of four Tehran bloggers by Iran's Judiciary Court on February 3, 2009, to prison terms, fines and flogging, despite the head of the judiciary's admission that they had been coerced into confessing, violates their right to a fair trial, Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The four said shortly after their arrest in 2004 that they had been tortured during interrogation, but there has been no public investigation into these allegations despite a high-level promise to do so.
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Friday, February 06, 2009
DR Congo: Groups Fear for Civilian Safety
A coalition of 100 humanitarian and human rights organizations today called on John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, to insist that protecting civilians be a top priority of the joint Congolese and Rwandan military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Holmes is due to arrive in Goma, the North Kivu capital, on February 7, 2009.
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Friday, February 06, 2009
DR Congo: Groups Fear for Civilian Safety
A coalition of 100 humanitarian and human rights organizations today called on John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, to insist that protecting civilians be a top priority of the joint Congolese and Rwandan military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Holmes is due to arrive in Goma, the North Kivu capital, on February 7, 2009.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
UN: Press Senegal on Habré Trial
The United Nations Human Rights Council should ask Senegal to move forward on the trial of the exiled former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré, five African and international human rights groups said today. On February 6, 2009, the council will examine Senegal’s human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure. Habré, accused of mass atrocities during his 1982-1990 rule, has been living in Senegal since 1990. A Senegalese court indicted him in 2000, but higher courts blocked the prosecution.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
DR Congo: Rights Panel Condemns Abuses Against Children
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should urgently carry out new recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to protect children from violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch and the Coalition of Congolese Non-governmental Organizations on Child Rights (CODE) said today.
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