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24 February 2010 by Maria Morina

“The government does not understand that [we] should be working for them, not against them”, says Tatyana Kasatkina, Executive Director of Memorial, a human rights research centre based in Moscow. It was founded towards the end of the Soviet era with the goal of preserving the societal memory of political persecution and oppression. Today it works in post-Soviet states, monitoring human rights and helping “to promote mature civil society and democracy based on the rule of law.” Kasatkina spoke to the IJT at her office in Moscow. 

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13 July 2011 by -

Overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration obliges President Barack Obama to order a criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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11 April 2011 by -

"Indiscriminate attacks on civilians trapped in the Libyan city of Misrata by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi violate international law," says Human Rights Watch.

Hospitals in Libya's third city had documented about 250 deaths over the past month, most of them civilians, as government troops fight for control of the last big rebel stronghold in the west of Libya, the group said.

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18 January 2011 by -

The United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture has called on Senegal to comply with its “obligation” to prosecute or extradite Chad's exiled former dictator, Hissène Habré, Human Rights Watch said today.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The Committee’s action came in response to a statement by President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal that he had “had enough” of the Habré case and was “going to get rid of him.”

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08 September 2010 by -

Human Rights Watch (HRW) will open a new office in Amsterdam on 14 September, from which it hopes to monitor human rights issues in the Netherlands.

The new office will focus mainly on foreign policy issues, but will also have a specific Dutch agenda such as asylum and immigration. Recently, HRW criticised the Dutch initiative to send back Somali refugees to Somalia.

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