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‘The Failed State Chick’ on Boko Haram

“The abduction of the girls is, of course, an extremely grave crime,” journalist Corinne Dufka says. “But to focus exclusively on the girls lacks an appreciation of the wide and systematic crimes committed by Boko Haram in recent years, and also by the Nigerian army since the state of emergency was declared almost a year ago.”

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups

Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in separate reports, accused the U.S. of committing likely war crimes through the drone killings of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Both also called for full investigations and more transparency from the U.S. on whom it kills, where and why—and to open itself to criminal investigations when those attacks violated international law.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Rebel Atrocities Documented as Obama Pushes for Strikes Against Assad

Neither side seems to embrace modern codes of combat in the Syrian civil war. A freshly smuggled video shows a rebel commander reading a “poem of revenge,” then leading his squad in executing seven captured and kneeling Syrian soldiers.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Human Rights Watch Says Obama Will Go Down in History—and Not in a Good Way

President Obama’s decision to not veto the defense authorization bill, which “would codify indefinite detention without trial into U.S. law for the first time since the McCarthy era,” is a “historic tragedy,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Human Rights Watch: Prosecute the Bush War Criminals

A U.S.-based human rights group published a report Tuesday calling on foreign governments to prosecute George W. Bush and some of his chief officials in light of a growing body of evidence of war crimes. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Rights Group Fires Back at Israel

Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel and its backers of waging a campaign of misinformation in an effort to discredit the group. HRW has been a leading voice in condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head

President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution stands the Nuremberg principles on their head. “Good Germans who were only following orders” are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Yang Jiechi
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Dissidents Are Held Back as Clinton Holds Forth in China

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this weekend made her first visit to China in her new role, but Amnesty International and other activist groups didn’t like her position when it came to addressing China’s treatment of dissidents—more specifically, she didn’t take a firm stand on the issue during her meetings with Chinese officials.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Fails in Human Rights Role

It is unsurprising that a group like Human Rights Watch has condemned the Bush government for jettisoning the U.S. role as a defender of global human rights: Numerous examples—Guantanamo, gay marriage, Iraq, etc.—accentuate this failure.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


Paddling Persists in U.S. Schools

According to a study by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, plenty of schoolteachers still spank and swat their students, particularly in the South. Researchers found that black, Native American and special-education students were especially vulnerable to corporal punishment.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 READ MORE


Palestinian Security Forces Accused of Torture

Fighting between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas has led to human rights abuses in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. A Palestinian human rights organization recently drew similar conclusions. Both sides have admitted to at least some of the findings of the report.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Cuba Leads Charge to End U.N. Human Rights Investigations

The newly formed U.N. Human Rights Council is debating whether to do away with the special rapporteurs whose job is to investigate global human rights abuses. A group of countries typically subjected to such scrutiny, with Cuba and China at the helm, argues that domestic reports should be sufficient.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Human Rights Watch: Hussein Trial ‘Flawed and Unsound’

Still wondering whether the trial of Saddam Hussein might have been a miscarriage of justice? Take a look at the HRW report (pdf) and make up your mind. Hussein’s chief defense lawyer, Khalil al-Dulami, recently complained to the BBC that he has been prevented from filing appeal papers.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


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