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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells requested the Crowell & Moring review that said Human Rights Watch overstated D.C. police's mishandling of sexual assault cases. (The Washington Times)

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has selected Mona Seif as a finalist for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. (Image: Twitter)

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has selected Mona Seif (right) as a finalist for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. (Twitter)

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D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier says her department has made headway in identifying records that correspond to sexual assaults questioned by Human Rights Watch in its blistering report that accused the department of failing to investigate the cases. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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This citizen journalism image taken from video provided by Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows what Human Rights Watch says are cluster bombs dropped in Tamanea, Syria, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The New York-based rights group said the use of such bombs in Syria's civil war is the latest sign of Syrian President Bashar Assad's disregard for his own people. Syrian government officials had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via Human Rights Watch)

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Adnkronos news agency via Associated Press Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad had told Human Rights Watch that he was afraid he would be killed for his reporting.

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**FILE** Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth (Associated Press)

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Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth shows the group's annual review during a media conference at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Human Rights Watch released its annual review of human rights situations around the world, this year focusing on what it calls the silence and complicity of the U.S., U.N., EU and major European nations in dealing with rights-abusing developing nations. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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Marange miners work in conditions that Human Rights Watch calls "quite appalling," despite the Zimbabwean government's pledge to meet international standards. (Associated Press)