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The United Nations Security Council should take immediate steps to ensure international monitoring in Southern Kordofan, where reports of massive human rights violations by Sudanese forces have emerged. Council members, who meet on July 28, 2011, should press all parties to end immediately the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians and should warn those responsible for these crimes that they will be held accountable.

(Juba) – The United Nations Security Council should take immediate steps to ensure international monitoring in Southern Kordofan, where reports of massive human rights violations by Sudanese forces have emerged, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The United Nations Security Council should take immediate steps to ensure international monitoring in Southern Kordofan, where reports of massive human rights violations by Sudanese forces have emerged. Council members, who meet on July 28, 2011, should press all parties to end immediately the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians and should warn those responsible for these crimes that they will be held accountable.

(Juba) – The United Nations Security Council should take immediate steps to ensure international monitoring in Southern Kordofan, where reports of massive human rights violations by Sudanese forces have emerged, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Burundian authorities should investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the dozens of political killings in Burundi since late 2010

(London) – Burundian authorities should investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the dozens of political killings in Burundi since late 2010, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The Ethiopian government should stop using a restrictive and vague counterterrorism law to repress free speech and due process rights.

(New York) – The Ethiopian government should stop using a restrictive and vague counterterrorism law to repress free speech and due process rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The Ugandan government should immediately release or bring to court Augustine Okello, a journalist from Lira-based Radio Rhino, who was forcibly disappeared on July 12, 2011.

(Kampala) – The Ugandan government should immediately release or bring to court Augustine Okello, a journalist from Lira-based Radio Rhino, who was forcibly disappeared on July 12, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed concern that security forces who disappeared Okello continue to deny him basic due process rights.

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The government of Malawi should open a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation into the killings of several peaceful demonstrators. The deaths resulted from the security forces’ apparent excessive use of lethal force during largely peaceful demonstrations and some rioting on July 20 and 21, 2011. Demonstrators were protesting deteriorating economic conditions, fuel shortages, and increasing political repression.

(Johannesburg) – The government of Malawi should open a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation into the killings of several peaceful demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said today. The deaths resulted from the security forces’ apparent excessive use of lethal force during largely peaceful demonstrations and some rioting on July 20 and 21, 2011.

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Last month, the first woman ever was convicted of genocide. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda’s former minister for family and women’s affairs, guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, for her role in planning and ordering others to carry out these crimes during the country’s 1994 genocide.

Last month, the first woman ever was convicted of genocide.

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Human Rights Watch attended the opening of the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former combatant of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in Gulu, northern Uganda, on July 11, 2011, before the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the Ugandan High Court.

Human Rights Watch attended the opening of the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former combatant of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in Gulu, northern Uganda, on July 11, 2011, before the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the Ugandan High Court.

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After six months of violence, almost everyone in Côte d’Ivoire has a horrific story to tell: a loved one killed gruesomely, the memory of being raped, a house burned or pillaged of everything. I have listened to hundreds of these stories, amazed at people’s strength to recount the unthinkable to a stranger as armed conflict continued.

After six months of violence, almost everyone in Côte d’Ivoire has a horrific story to tell: a loved one killed gruesomely, the memory of being raped, a house burned or pillaged of everything. I have listened to hundreds of these stories, amazed at people’s strength to recount the unthinkable to a stranger as armed conflict continued.

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In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L.9/Rev.1).

(Geneva) – In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L.9/Rev.1).

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(Kigali) – Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts have helped communities confront the country’s 1994 genocide but have failed to provide credible decisions and justice in a number of cases, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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(Kigali) – Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts have helped communities confront the country’s 1994 genocide but have failed to provide credible decisions and justice in a number of cases, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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(Kigali) – Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts have helped communities confront the country’s 1994 genocide but have failed to provide credible decisions and justice in a number of cases, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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(Kigali) – Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts have helped communities confront the country’s 1994 genocide but have failed to provide credible decisions and justice in a number of cases, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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(Kigali) – Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts have helped communities confront the country’s 1994 genocide but have failed to provide credible decisions and justice in a number of cases, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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