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The House Foreign Affairs Committee should remove language that would reinstate the so-called “Global Gag Rule” from the draft Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012. The “Gag Rule” would outlaw US funding to international groups that provide abortions, counsel women about abortion, or engage in advocacy for abortion rights, even if no US funds would be used for those purposes.

(Washington, DC,) – The House Foreign Affairs Committee should remove language that would reinstate the so-called "Global Gag Rule" from the draft Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012,  Human Rights Watch said today.  The "Gag Rule" would outlaw US funding to international groups that provide abortions, counsel women about abortion, or engage in advocacy for

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The US House of Representatives passed a defense spending bill on May 26, 2011, that includes counterproductive measures to force more military trials at Guantanamo and permanently expand the president’s power to militarily target and detain without trial people with no connection to 9/11.

(Washington, DC) – The US House of Representatives passed a defense spending bill on May 26, 2011, that includes counterproductive measures to force more military trials at Guantanamo and permanently expand the president’s power to militarily target and detain without trial people with no connection to 9/11, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The announcement from President Barack Obama that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a US-led undercover operation in Pakistan brings to an end the search for one of the most notorious terrorist suspects in history. In addition to the September 11, 2001 attacks, bin Laden’s al Qaeda is blamed for the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 231 people, and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, as well as other attacks.

The announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in a US-led undercover operation in Pakistan is a reminder of the devastating human toll that terrorism has brought to every continent of the world, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The ongoing review of United States landmine policy should result in a decision to ban all types of antipersonnel landmines. March 1, 2011, will mark 12 years since the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines became binding international law.

(Washington, DC) The ongoing review of United States landmine policy should result in a decision to ban all types of antipersonnel landmines, Human Rights Watch said today. March 1, 2011, will mark 12 years since the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines became binding international law.

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Fifteen Nobel Peace Prize recipients have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to ban antipersonnel landmines.

UPDATE:

On December 3rd, Burma’s recently freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi added her name to the list of 15 other Nobel Peace Laureates who signed a letter sent November 30th to President Obama calling on the United States to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

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