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January 30, 2014

In a new report, Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence—photographic, video (shown above) and via satellite map—of the Syrian government demolishing rebel neighborhoods, apparently for no other reason than to punish the people who live there. “Those responsible for the wanton destruction of civilian property or for imposing collective punishment have committed war crimes and should be investigated and held to account,” the report states.

22:27 // 6 months ago
December 21, 2013
14:11 // 8 months ago
March 7, 2013

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Child Marriage: South Sudan

This visually stunning short film tells the story of child marriage in South Sudan. According to government statistics, close to half (48 percent) of South Sudanese girls between 15 and 19 are married, with some marrying as young as age 12.

Read more after the jump.

An important story out of one of the world’s youngest nations.

11:24 // 1 year ago
January 24, 2013
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US: DC Police Mishandle Sexual Assault Cases
Victims of sexual assault in Washington, DC, are not getting the effective response they deserve and should expect from the district’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Sexual assault cases are too often not properly documented or investigated and victims may face callous, traumatizing treatment, despite official departmental policy to the contrary. The 196-page report, “Capitol Offense: Police Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases in the District of Columbia,” concludes that in many sexual assault cases, the police did not file incident reports, which are required to proceed with an investigation, or misclassified serious sexual assaults as lesser or other crimes. Human Rights Watch also found that the police presented cases to prosecutors for warrants that were so inadequately investigated that prosecutors had little choice but to refuse them and that procedural formalities were used to close cases with only minimal investigation. The mayor and City Council should create an independent mechanism to monitor police department response to sexual assault complaints.
Read more after the jump.
2012 Mariam Dwedar/Human Rights Watch

Pretty shocking stuff.

humanrightswatch:

US: DC Police Mishandle Sexual Assault Cases

Victims of sexual assault in Washington, DC, are not getting the effective response they deserve and should expect from the district’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Sexual assault cases are too often not properly documented or investigated and victims may face callous, traumatizing treatment, despite official departmental policy to the contrary.

The 196-page report, “Capitol Offense: Police Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases in the District of Columbia,” concludes that in many sexual assault cases, the police did not file incident reports, which are required to proceed with an investigation, or misclassified serious sexual assaults as lesser or other crimes. Human Rights Watch also found that the police presented cases to prosecutors for warrants that were so inadequately investigated that prosecutors had little choice but to refuse them and that procedural formalities were used to close cases with only minimal investigation. The mayor and City Council should create an independent mechanism to monitor police department response to sexual assault complaints.

Read more after the jump.

2012 Mariam Dwedar/Human Rights Watch

Pretty shocking stuff.

11:32 // 1 year ago
September 6, 2012
15:31 // 1 year ago
July 12, 2012
humanrightswatch:

Central African Republic: LRA Attack Near Hunting Reserve
The Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), carried out attacks from June 21 to 25, 2012, near a remote hunting concession outside Bakouma, in the Central African Republic (CAR). The attackers killed at least two civilians and abducted at least 14 others. The attacks followed killings of 13 civilians in the same area in March.

To be clear, this is the same Lord’s Resistance Army as associated with Kony 2012.

humanrightswatch:

Central African Republic: LRA Attack Near Hunting Reserve

The Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), carried out attacks from June 21 to 25, 2012, near a remote hunting concession outside Bakouma, in the Central African Republic (CAR). The attackers killed at least two civilians and abducted at least 14 others. The attacks followed killings of 13 civilians in the same area in March.

To be clear, this is the same Lord’s Resistance Army as associated with Kony 2012.

(via npr)

10:31 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2012
A map of alleged Syrian torture centers, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch which we mentioned earlier. The map is also available in interactive form.

A map of alleged Syrian torture centers, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch which we mentioned earlier. The map is also available in interactive form.

11:18 // 2 years ago

Human Rights Watch’s Nadim Houry speaks to Al Jazeera English about the group’s recent report on torture in Syria — which included as many as 20 separate types of torture, committed by both opposition groups and groups loyal to the Syrian government. Houry says the victims were mostly men between 18 and 35, but some women, children and elderly were among the tortured. This is just a talking-head interview, but hearing what he’s saying? Man. Harrowing stuff.

11:02 // 2 years ago
March 13, 2012

United Nations: Hundreds of thousands displaced in Syrian conflict

  • 30,000 people have fled Syria over the months-long unrest which has led to the deaths of thousands
  • 200,000 people have fled their homes but remain in Syria, according to United Nations estimates source

» An ongoing exodus? “On a daily basis hundreds of people are still crossing into neighbouring countries,” according to the UN’s refugee coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, who says the estimates could actually be much higher than estimated. In related news, Human Rights Watch has called on Syria to stop laying landmines, calling them ”militarily ineffective” devices that will be dangerous for decades to come.

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11:07 // 2 years ago
January 5, 2012

Syria says it has freed political prisoners detained during revolt

  • 552 prisoners freed, according to Syrian state television source

» The second round of prisoner releases: Last month, the Arab League made a deal to free 755 detainees as part of a peace plan. Now it seems to have gone further, as the Arab League said on Monday it had secured the release of 3,500 total prisoners. However … it’s possible they may just be getting detained outside of the view of Arab League observers. Last week, Human Rights Watch accused Syria of moving prisoners to military facilities, where observers are not allowed to go. Syria hasn’t proven the most trustworthy government during the conflict.

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10:51 // 2 years ago