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Edward Snowden Wants Asylum In Russia Until He Can Get To Latin America: Human Rights Official

Edward Snowden Wants Asylum In Russia Until He Can Get To Latin America: Human Rights Official

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 12:40:01 in Politics

“2 photos of Snowden taken by Tanya Lokshina at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport here in HRW's Daily Brief http://www.hrw.org/the-day-in-human-rights

In Crypted on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:46:01

“Thanks for the link.”
Supreme Court DOMA Case: Justices Sounded Skeptical Of Law's Constitutionality, Purpose

Supreme Court DOMA Case: Justices Sounded Skeptical Of Law's Constitutionality, Purpose

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 13:49:10 in Politics

“Today is a good day to remember that immigration reform to protect families must include same-sex couples http://www.hrw.org/news/2006/05/01/us-immigration-law-inhumane-same-sex-couples
Maryland Death Penalty: Lawmakers Approve Measure To Ban Capital Punishment

Maryland Death Penalty: Lawmakers Approve Measure To Ban Capital Punishment

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 16:01:49 in Politics

“Maryland’s rejection of the death penalty adds to the national momentum against this cruel and increasingly unusual punishment - 6 states in 6 years!

Governor O’Malley should demonstrate his commitment to the new law by commuting the death sentences of the five men currently on death row.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/03/15/us-maryland-expected-abolish-death-penalty
Kusuma Nandina, Sri Lankan Maid, Worked 17 Years Without Pay In Saudi Arabia

Kusuma Nandina, Sri Lankan Maid, Worked 17 Years Without Pay In Saudi Arabia

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 09:59:36 in World

“A Landmark Victory for Domestic Workers -
New Convention Establishes First Global Labor Standards for Millions of Women and Girls http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-landmark-victory-domestic-workers
Joseph Kony Video: Lord's Resistance Army Facts You Need To Know

Joseph Kony Video: Lord's Resistance Army Facts You Need To Know

Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 13:14:56 in World

“Numerous background links published here: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/09/how-catch-joseph-kony including a letter 20 civil society groups in northern Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan wrote to the presidents of Congo, CAR, South Sudan, and United States.

"We can only truly rejoice when the LRA threat is over and when we hear that Joseph Kony is no longer terrorizing our region. We have suffered too much and we are tired of living in total insecurity – afraid to go to our fields to farm and unsure when or where the rebels may surface again. We don’t know whether our children who were abducted by the LRA will ever come back home." http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/11/letter-drc-president-joseph-kabila-civil-society-representatives-lra-affected-areas-

Mya Symons on Mar 12, 2012 at 21:45:59

“Thank you for this. Maybe it will stop the arguing.

Capturing Kony still matters! If people like Kony are caught, tried, and convicted for crimes against humanity (even long after they have committed the crimes), it could serve as a deterrent for anyone else thinking of committing the same atrocities. Further, just because he has moved out of Uganda, this does not mean he is not still murdering, raping, and abducting children in other areas of Africa.

Perhaps some new war criminal will take his place after he is gone and perhaps there are others committing atrocities--Why is this an excuse not to go after Kony? Maybe all that can be done for now is going after Kony. At least it is doing something!!”
Joseph Kony 2012 Video: 'Stop Kony' Campaign Draws Criticism

Joseph Kony 2012 Video: 'Stop Kony' Campaign Draws Criticism

Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 13:03:05 in World

“Some concrete steps that can be taken to arrest Joseph Kony and protect civilians living in vulnerable areas. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/09/how-catch-joseph-kony#steps
Joseph Kony 2012 Video: 'Stop Kony' Campaign Draws Criticism

Joseph Kony 2012 Video: 'Stop Kony' Campaign Draws Criticism

Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 23:12:45 in World

“Letter from 20 local civil society groups from LRA-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan welcoming US assistance http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/11/letter-president-barack-obama-civil-society-representatives-lra-affected-areas-democ
Joseph Kony 2012: Video Campaign Underscores Lord's Resistance Army Abuses

Joseph Kony 2012: Video Campaign Underscores Lord's Resistance Army Abuses

Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 12:58:12 in World

“Here's a video of victims of Joseph Kony's #LRA appealing to Obama for help to #stopkony, produced by Human Rights Watch. http://www.hrw.org/en/node/94226
Egypt's NGO Crackdown May Mean Icy Reception For Military Delegation On Capitol Hill

Egypt's NGO Crackdown May Mean Icy Reception For Military Delegation On Capitol Hill

Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 12:52:51 in World

“The Egyptian authorities are using a discredited Mubarak-era law to prosecute nongovernmental groups while proposing even more restrictive legislation. The government should stop using the old law, halt the criminal investigations, and propose a law that respects international standards. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/02/05/egypt-rights-activists-risk-prison
Ali Abdullah Saleh, President Of Yemen, In U.S. For Treatment: Official

Ali Abdullah Saleh, President Of Yemen, In U.S. For Treatment: Official

Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 13:53:09 in World

“The issue isn’t where Saleh gets medical care, but whether concerned governments are going to prevent him and his aides from getting away with the killings of peaceful protesters. International leaders should stand by the Yemeni people and insist on prosecutions of those responsible for last year’s unlawful attacks. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/29/yemen-governments-should-oppose-saleh-s-immunity
Congo Election: Violence Feared Ahead Of Elections

Congo Election: Violence Feared Ahead Of Elections

Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 13:11:20 in World

“Sheka is the leader of a militia known as the Mai Mai Sheka, which operates in remote Walikale territory, North Kivu province, in eastern Congo. In July 2011, the United Nations published a detailed report documenting the rapes of at least 387 civilians – 300 women, 23 men, 55 girls, and 9 boys – between July 30 and August 2, 2010, in 13 villages along the Kibua to Mpofi road in Walikale territory. http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/02/dr-congo-arrest-candidate-wanted-mass-rape
Syria Strike Cost Would Not Be 'Extraordinary,' U.S. Navy Says

Syria Strike Cost Would Not Be 'Extraordinary,' U.S. Navy Says

Kevin44024 on Sep 6, 2013 at 08:13:09

“It boggles my mind that he was even willing to say that out loud. That would be a total disgrace.

Why don't Saudi Arabia, et al, don't do this punitive strike on their own. They are capable of launching a token military attack against Assad. They're already funding the "rebels", and their mercenaries are on the ground. Why not go in for a pound if they're already in for a penny and lob a couple of token bombs?”
Syrian 'Poison Gas' Attack By Government Forces Claimed By Opposition

Syrian 'Poison Gas' Attack By Government Forces Claimed By Opposition

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 14:16:38 in World

“"Close-up photos show their [children's] pupils are severely constricted. All of these are classic signs of exposure to a nerve agent like sarin. And sarin is the Assad regime's chemical weapon of choice.' http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/21/us_intelligence_official_finds_chemical_weapons_allegation_credible#.UhUCRbT7dNU.twitter
Syrian 'Poison Gas' Attack By Government Forces Claimed By Opposition

Syrian 'Poison Gas' Attack By Government Forces Claimed By Opposition

Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 14:14:07 in World

“The UN Inspection team already on the ground is 15 minutes away from the site - if Syria really has nothing to hide, let them investigate immediately! http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/21/a_war_crime_in_damascus
Civilian Casualties Afghanistan: Deadly Attacks Rise As International Forces Hand Over Security

Civilian Casualties Afghanistan: Deadly Attacks Rise As International Forces Hand Over Security

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 15:16:16 in World

“As foreign troops leave, the foreign media presence in Afghanistan is also winding down. The years ahead could be brutal and bloody for Afghans. Will anyone still be paying attention? http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/31/dispatches-war-afghanistan-escalating-not-ending

Cyber Nick on Jul 31, 2013 at 16:21:54

“"Will anyone still be paying attention?"

Probably not. One would hope that the civilized world has finally learned its lesson. They want all nonMuslims out. Great! Let the wealthy Arabs help them or not.”
Egypt's Army Chief Seeks Mandate To Fight Violence

Egypt's Army Chief Seeks Mandate To Fight Violence

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 11:26:49 in World

“It's an ominous sign. Rather than demanding more protests, perhaps the authorities could call for independent investigations into recent sectarian attacks, the police and military's killings of over 50 Morsy supporters outside the Republican Guard headquarters, and the deadly clashes at Cairo University http://storify.com/HRW/human-rights-watch-daily-brief-24-july

crankyCrackPot on Jul 24, 2013 at 12:04:29

“For Egypt to have any hope, the military and MB both need to be part of a unity power sharing government. Military is most interested in keeping power and Morsi was too interested in consolidating that power for himself.

Ominous signs indeed...

But I do not think recriminations are the way to go. They need to look forward, not back.”
X47B Unmanned Navy Drone Successfully Lands On Aircraft Carrier For First Time (VIDEO)

X47B Unmanned Navy Drone Successfully Lands On Aircraft Carrier For First Time (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 12:04:49 in Politics

“This is why governments need to pre-emptively ban killer robots - the danger they would pose to civilians in armed conflict is too great http://www.hrw.org/the-day-in-human-rights
Pervez Musharraf Return? Former Pakistan President Vows Comeback Ahead Of Elections Despite Death Threats

Pervez Musharraf Return? Former Pakistan President Vows Comeback Ahead Of Elections Despite Death Threats

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 12:46:38 in World

“Musharraf should not be allowed to elude the serious legal proceedings against him on his return to Pakistan. Only by ensuring that Musharraf faces the well-documented outstanding charges against him can Pakistan put an end to the military’s impunity for abuses.
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/03/23/pakistan-hold-musharraf-accountable-abuses
Mexico Disappearances Result Of 'Disastrous' Anti-Drug Offensive, Human Rights Watch Says

Mexico Disappearances Result Of 'Disastrous' Anti-Drug Offensive, Human Rights Watch Says

Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 19:12:23 in World

“Read the recommendations to the Mexican government and more cases of disappearances here: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/20/mexico-crisis-enforced-disappearances

Fran Jaime on Feb 21, 2013 at 01:22:10

“Thank you. Very useful link!”
huffingtonpost entry

US: Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi's Libya

Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 11:21:33 in World

“Much more than hearsay, see the documents found after Gaddafi fell http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/triploidocs_appendix1.pdf
and the methodology section of the 154 page report
http://www.hrw.org/node/109831/section/5
"This report is based primarily on interviews Human Rights Watch conducted during a research trip to Libya from March 14 to March 27, 2012; documents that Human Rights Watch discovered in Libyan foreign intelligence chief Musa Kusa's office on September 3, 2011; and Human Rights Watch research on unlawful rendition and secret detention by the United States and other governments over the past decade."”
Pussy Riot: Band Members' Conviction a Blow to Free Expression

Pussy Riot: Band Members' Conviction a Blow to Free Expression

Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 16:35:07 in World

““It’s clear in this case that the women’s aim was to make a political statement, and it’s also clear that some found their actions offensive,” Williamson said. “But there is still a long way to go between an offensive political statement and a hate crime.”

Russian authorities had other options for holding the band members accountable for their actions.”

HEXYEBO on Aug 18, 2012 at 09:30:33

“"Russian authorities had other options for holding the band members accountable for their actions."

True.And they chosen the most appropriate for this act of harassment: charge of hooliganism.”

Gregory Carlin on Aug 18, 2012 at 01:28:03

“Not really, foreign NGOs in Moscow basically work for the CIA, and everybody knows it and the United States got what it paid for.”
Myanmar Elections: Aung San Suu Kyi, Opposition Leader, Wins Parliament Seat

Myanmar Elections: Aung San Suu Kyi, Opposition Leader, Wins Parliament Seat

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 11:38:08 in World

“given the small number of seats involved, these by-elections should not be touted as a serious test of Burma’s commitment to democratic reform. The real test is whether the new parliament can reform repressive law and civilians can assert authority over the military, which continues to commit abuses in ethnic areas. Read more here: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/30/burma-elections-step-not-real-reform

hp blogger Angie Cordeiro on Apr 3, 2012 at 14:02:47

“"From one house to another...I admire her arresting development." CP”
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