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China (english)
26 Mar 2003
Freedom of association and the right to strike
In March 2002, large and well-organized worker demonstrations in several northeastern cities protested non-payment of back wages and pensions, unilateral rollbacks of severance agreements, absence of a social security safety net, and managerial corruption. Officials responded with arrests, attacks on unarmed protestors, and threats to fire workers whose relatives were participating. In December 2002, two worker-representatives in Liaoyang, Liaoning province, were charged with subversion, which carries potentially severe penalties.
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Prosecute Iraq's "Chemical Ali" (english)
26 Mar 2003
Saddam Hussein Aide Accused of Atrocities Against Kurds
(New York, January 17, 2003) Human Rights Watch called today for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Iraqi General Ali Hassan al-Majid, the architect of the 1988 genocidal "Anfal" campaign against the Iraqi Kurds, who is currently traveling through the Middle East.
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discrimination based on race (english)
26 Mar 2003
Human Rights Watch publications that address issues of discrimination based on race, caste, ethnicity, and other forms of descent.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK OF MIDDLE EAST WATCH (english)
26 Mar 2003
IRAQ

The ruthlessness of the regime of Saddam Hussein has been long known but insufficiently documented, due to its brutal suppression of dissent, tight controls on journalists, and refusal to allow independent human rights organizations to investigate in the country.
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Iraq: Expulsions of Kirkuk Region Minorities Continue (english)
26 Mar 2003
“Iraq has used systematic intimidation, harassment, and discrimination to make the lives of Kirkuk´s minorities intolerable. The government´s clear intent is to ‘Arabize´ this key oil-producing region by force and repression.”
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Northern Iraq Soil Reveal Nerve Gas (english)
26 Mar 2003
Scientific First: Soil Samples Taken from Bomb Craters in Northern Iraq Reveal Nerve Gas - Even Four Years Later
For the first time ever, scientists have been able to prove the use of chemical weapons through the analysis of environmental residues taken years after such an attack occurred. In a development that could have far-reaching consequences for the enforcement of the chemical weapons treaty, soil samples taken from bomb craters near a Kurdish village in northern Iraq by a team of forensic scientists have been found to contain trace evidence of nerve gas, GB, also known as Sarin, as well as mustard gas.
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Threat of War Crimes in Iraq Calls for Strong U.S. Message (english)
26 Mar 2003
The armed men barged into Jamaluddin's home late one evening, beating the elderly man unconscious before going after his wife and daughter. The daughter was raped three times. Later, the soldiers raped her mother five times.
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Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan (english)
26 Mar 2003
The Iraqi government continued to commit widespread and gross human rights violations, including the extensive use of the death penalty and the extrajudicial execution of prisoners, the forced expulsion of ethnic minorities from government-controlled areas in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk and elsewhere, the arbitrary arrest of suspected political opponents and members of their families, and the torture and ill-treatment of detainees.
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The War on Women (english)
26 Mar 2003
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. government threw its full energies into combating terrorism emerging from militants in the Islamic world. But it has done little to expose and condemn the ways some states are using radical interpretations of Islamic law, or Shariah, to subordinate and exclude women. The U.S. should be equally concerned about the consequences of these interpretations on Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
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Cash check! (english)
26 Mar 2003
Decapitation Attack
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