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Latest Human Rights Watch Items
  • Report: D.C. fails to investigate sexual assaults

    At least 170 reported sexual assaults — and possibly more — went uninvestigated by the D.C. police department between 2008 and 2011, according to a long-awaited report from a human rights group.


  • ** FILE ** This Monday, July 13, 2009, file photo shows the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

    For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."


  • A portrait of Moammar Gadhafi on a wall covers by bullets marks is displayed on a building in the Abu Salim district, in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, where rebels had battled Gadhafi's fighters holed up in residential buildings for most of the previous day. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Group: Libya militias 'executed' Gadhafi loyalists

    Libyan rebels appear to have "summarily executed" scores of fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, and probably the dictator himself, when they overran his hometown a year ago, a human rights group said Wednesday.


  • A Palestinian prisoner is seen at the Hamas-controlled Saraya Prison in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, in July 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

    Rights group: Hamas abusing Palestinians in Gaza

    An international rights group said Wednesday that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system.


  • Libyans search for documents inside Abu Salim Prison, Libya's most notorious prison during Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime and the scene of a 1996 massacre of prisoners, in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Rights group: Evidence of wider U.S. waterboarding

    Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.


  • U.S. gives military aid to nations with child soldiers

    As the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama co-sponsored a bill to restrict the U.S. government's military support of countries that use children as soldiers. But President Obama has waived those very same sanctions in the name of "national interest," bypassing the findings of a State Department report and allowing millions of dollars in military aid to flow to countries where children as young as 11 have been conscripted to fight — many of whom have died in one bloody conflict after another.


  • Benigno Aquino, Philippine president, delivers his inaugural speech at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Aquino, who rose from political outsider to Philippine president in less than a year, takes office today pledging to fight poverty, narrow the budget deficit and refrain from raising taxes in a nation trailing its neighbors in economic growth and international investment. Photographer: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

    PEARSON: Obama's message for Aquino

    Two weeks ago in Manila, I had lunch with the mothers of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, university students who disappeared in June 2006 while reportedly conducting research in Central Luzon.


  • ** FILE ** In this Sept. 24, 2010, file photo, President Obama greets Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev during their bilateral meeting in New York. (Associated Press)

    Song contest raises hope for change in Azerbaijan

    As Azerbaijan prepares to host the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest next week, advocates say now is the time to increase pressure on the former Soviet republic for its human rights abuses.


  • The International Criminal Court may expand its war-crimes indictment against Congolese Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, seen here in June 2010 at the 50th anniversary celebration of Congo's independence. (Associated Press)

    Congo ex-general said to be recruiting child soldiers again

    A Congolese general already sought on an international arrest warrant for his reputed use of child soldiers during an earlier conflict has forcibly recruited an additional 149 boys and teenagers since April, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation published Wednesday.


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