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Russian journalists face charges over ‘negative’ Winter Olympics stories

Journalists and bloggers are among several groups that have been harassed and threatened by authorities in the Russian city of Sochi in the build-up to next year’s Winter Olympics, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Two journalists and a newspaper director are said to be facing criminal charges after reporting stories…

Human rights group calls for Bush, top officials to be prosecuted for torture

A leading human rights group said Tuesday that former U.S. President George W. Bush and much of his cabinet should be thoroughly investigated for war crimes. The 107-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” presented evidence that top U.S. officials…

Syria bars medical access for protesters: HRW

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces prevented wounded protesters reaching hospitals and stopped medical teams from treating them in two towns during last Friday’s demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Pro-democracy protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s 11-year rule have been shaking the country, known for its heavy-handed security apparatus, for more than three…

Update: Libya death toll tops 173, says Human Rights Watch

Update: Death toll now at least 173, rights group says Human Rights Watch said Sunday that the countrywide death toll in Libya had reached 173. Local residents told Al Jazeera that 200 people had died in Benghazi alone. Original report continues below… TRIPOLI (AFP) – The death toll has topped…

Watchdog slams UN, EU’s human rights ‘cowardice’

The UN and EU were accused of “cowardice” for claiming to tackle human rights abuses in places like China or Uzbekistan through quiet dialogue and cooperation, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report Monday. Highlighting its claim, the HRW report on global human rights violations was issued in Brussels…

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