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Fred Abrahams
Fred Abrahams is a special advisor at Human Rights Watch focusing on human rights crises and armed conflict. His book Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy (NYU Press) was published in May '15:

Entries by Fred Abrahams

Albania 1990 -- Embassy Storm

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 4:04 PM

From the new book Modern Albania (NYU Press, 2015). A version of this oist first appeared in Spiegel Online.

More than 5,000 Albanians stormed foreign embassies in Tirana in July 1990. Here a women enters the West German compound....
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Post Mortem von Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Auch neun Monate nach dem Ende der schweren Kämpfe in Gaza herrscht immer noch Streit darüber, wie viele Zivilisten getötet wurden. Nach UN-Angaben sind es 1.563. Israel erklärt, es habe alles in seiner Macht Stehende getan, um die zivilen Opfer so gering wie möglich zu halten. Die Schuld sei bei...

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Post Mortem on Gaza

(11) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:38 AM

Nine months since the end of major fighting in Gaza, a dispute still rages over how and why so many civilians died - 1,563, according to the United Nations. Israel says it did everything possible to minimize civilian casualties and blames Hamas for deploying its fighters in populated...

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Menschenrechte im Krieg

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Human Rights Watch untersucht Menschenrechtsverletzungen auf der ganzen Welt. Bei akuten Krisen schicken wir Ermittler, die speziell für Krisensituationen ausgebildet sind: Die sogenannten E-Teams.

In Konflikten und Krisengebieten sind Menschenrechte immer ein Teil des Kampfes. Die Täter, die ihre Macht missbrauchen, versuchen ihre Verbrechen zu verstecken, während...

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In Albania, It's the Institutions

(31) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 9:06 AM

Elections bring new leaders but fixing system a heady task

The elections in Albania last week deserve applause. A large segment of the country rejected the authoritarian prime minister, Sali Berisha, who has dominated Albania's political life since the fall of communism 22 years ago. With a few exceptions, the...

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Albania and the Accidental Ambassador

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 1:12 AM

This chapter is from a forthcoming book on the fall of communism in Albania to be published next year by New York University Press. It describes the visit, 20 years ago today, of U.S. Secretary of State James Baker to Albania. Political parties had recently been legalized, but the communist...

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Albanian Students Challenged Communism, 20 Years Ago

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 11:58 AM

Twenty years ago this week, student protests in Albania helped topple Eastern Europe's most closed and rigid communist regime. Four days of demonstrations culminated in the legalization of political parties on December 11, 1990.

This chapter on the student movement comes from a forthcoming book on the fall of communism...

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Albania Could Use Some Revolutionary Spirit

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 1:03 PM

Originally Posted by Balkan Insight.

Today's youth could learn from the student uprising that challenged the communist regime 20 years ago.

The collapse of communism in Albania was by no means a revolution. But some revolutionary moments took place, and this week marks the 20th anniversary of one...

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Small Fish, Big Fish in Serbia

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 4:49 PM

Eleven years ago, during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian forces killed more than 40 ethnic Albanian men in a Kosovo village called Cuska (Qyshk in Albanian). This month the hand of justice finally reached the men accused of the crime.

They served in a state-sponsored militia...

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On Israel, Congress Tolerates Abuse

(105) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 8:03 AM

Yesterday the US Congress gravely insulted hundreds of civilians who were wounded or killed in the most recent war in the Middle East.

By a vote of 344 to 36, the House condemned the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, also known as the...

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