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The European Court of Human Rights ruling on January 17, 2012, against the deportation of a Jordanian national from the United Kingdom could have serious consequences for human rights protection in Europe, said three nongovernmental organizations that intervened in the case.

(London) – The European Court of Human Rights ruling on January 17, 2012, against the deportation of a Jordanian national from the United Kingdom could have serious consequences for human rights protection in Europe, said three nongovernmental organizations that intervened in the case.

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On December 4, Russians will go to the polls to elect a new Duma, the lower house of parliament, and in March 2012 they will elect a new president.

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On December 4, Russians will go to the polls to elect a new Duma, the lower house of parliament, and in March 2012 they will elect a new president.

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As a leading investigative journalist for Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s most prominent independent newspaper, Elena Milashina exposes the truth about human rights abuses and government corruption. Despite Russia’s attempts to silence its critics and hide abuses, Milashina remains outspoken, drawing international attention to the government’s crackdown on civil society and gross human rights abuses in the Northern Caucasus.

Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people live free of violence, discrimination, and oppression.

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The challenges faced by the government should not be used to justify abuses on the streets – but that is the accusation facing the police

I have been riveted by the anti-austerity protests in Athens, my hometown, and the government’s response. From Paris – my adopted city – I watch the news, follow the tweets, and speak with family and friends. 

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Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should consider the political signals her government is sending to Saudi Arabia before approving a deal to sell 200 German-made tanks to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has a dismal human rights record and has deployed forces to Bahrain to help suppress pro-democracy protests there.

(Berlin) – Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should consider the political signals her government is sending to Saudi Arabia before approving a deal to sell 200 German-made tanks to the kingdom, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia has a dismal human rights record and has deployed forces to Bahrain to help suppress pro-democracy protests there.

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Strasbourg has ruled that Britain failed to investigate civilian killings in Iraq. This must never happen again.

Strasbourg has ruled that Britain failed to investigate civilian killings in Iraq. This must never happen again.

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A European Court of Human Rights ruling on July 7, 2011, in a case involving the killings of Iraqi civilians by UK soldiers, is a landmark judgment in the universal application of human rights.

(London) – A European Court of Human Rights ruling on July 7, 2011, in a case involving the killings of Iraqi civilians by UK soldiers, is a landmark judgment in the universal application of human rights, seven UK and international human rights groups and professional bodies, including Human Rights Watch said today.

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The European Council summit that concluded on June 24, 2011, made no significant progress in addressing serious deficiencies in EU asylum and migration policies.

(Brussels) – The European Council summit that concluded on June 24, 2011, made no significant progress in addressing serious deficiencies in EU asylum and migration policies, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Italy should take concrete steps to improve its human rights record and carry out the pledges it made as a new member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

(New York, June 16, 2011) – Italy should take concrete steps to improve its human rights record and carry out the pledges it made as a new member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Foreign Minister Franco Frattini released today.

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The Kazakh government has violated international law by forcibly returning at least 28 Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk.

(Astana) – The Kazakh government has violated international law by forcibly returning at least 28 Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Kazakh authorities should not extradite 32 detainees to Uzbekistan, where they face a real risk of torture.

June 9 Update  – A June 7 letter to Kazakhstan’s prosecutor general and June 7 press release urging respect for the principle of non refoulement contained errors in the listing of individuals previously returned by Kazakh authorities to Uzbekistan. The press release below has been corrected.

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(Vienna) – The conviction of three men on June 1, 2011, in the fatal kidnapping attempt of a Chechen refugee in Vienna is a good beginning in the effort to uncover all those responsible in this case, Human Rights Watch said today.

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(Vienna) – The conviction of three men on June 1, 2011, in the fatal kidnapping attempt of a Chechen refugee in Vienna is a good beginning in the effort to uncover all those responsible in this case, Human Rights Watch said today.

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1. Who is Ratko Mladic?

2. What is Mladic accused of?

3. Why is the Mladic case significant?

4. Why did his arrest take so long? And why did it happen now?

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1. Who is Ratko Mladic?

2. What is Mladic accused of?

3. Why is the Mladic case significant?

4. Why did his arrest take so long? And why did it happen now?

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