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Iranian authorities should immediately release two American hikers who are being tried on apparently politically motivated charges of espionage and illegal entry.

(New York) – Iranian authorities should immediately release two American hikers who are being tried on apparently politically motivated charges of espionage and illegal entry, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial of Josh Fattal, 27, and Shane Bauer, 27, is set to resume on May 11, 2011, at Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, following a closed session on February 6.

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(Jerusalem) – Hamas authorities in Gaza should order a criminal investigation into the death of a man whose body was returned to his family five days after Hamas security officials arrested him, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Lebanon’s government should order an independent investigation into the deaths of two inmates and injuries to about 45 others on April 6, 2011, in Lebanon’s main prison

Lebanon’s government should order an independent investigation into the deaths of two inmates and injuries to about 45 others on April 6, 2011, in Lebanon’s main prison, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Human Rights Watch submits these comments to the Department of Justice in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of February 3, 2011 regarding its Proposed Rule for National Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape ("PREA standards").

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The rights of Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens, especially women and detainees, are routinely violated with impunity.

(Beirut) – The rights of Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens, especially women and detainees, are routinely violated with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch conducted research in seven cities across Iraq during 2010 and found that, beyond the country’s continuing violence and crimes, human rights abuses are commonplace.

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China’s first National Human Rights Action Plan committed the Chinese government to end the practice of "extortion of confessions by torture" and put police and security forces on notice that "it is strictly forbidden to extort confessions by torture." In death penalty cases, which Chinese law mandates for no fewer than 68 crimes, the plan stipulated that the death penalty &quo

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