Between 2003 and 2006, more than 30,000 militia members in Colombia were de-mobilized. Human Rights Watch has said that de-mobilization has been flawed and that violent successor groups operate in three-quarters of Colombia's departments. In conjunction with photographer Stephen Ferry, Human Rights Watch profiles three men who have received death threats.
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Militia violence is resurfacing in Colombia, with groups targeting ordinary people and threatening to kidnap and kill their families. The groups are successors to the paramilitaries who inflicted terror upon Colombia for decades. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maria McFarland, Deputy Washington Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch.
Over the past few weeks, Vietnamese courts have convicted several dissidents of subversion, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 16 years. For more insight into what's happening, Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the political situation in Vietnam.
A new 183-page report by Human Rights Watch faults the U.N.'s largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation for supporting the Congolese Army's murderous tactics. The report calls for the embattled U.N. mission -- whose mandate is set to expire in two weeks -- to cease backing the Congolese military, which is accused of serious human rights violations.
Human Rights Watch issued a report this week suggesting that Brazilian police have gone way out of bounds in dealing with crime suspects -- taking justice into their own hands and killing thousands of them in recent years. To take a closer look at police human rights abuses in Brazil and other countries such as Nigeria, Maria Hinojosa interviews Maki Haberfeld.
Rachel Reid, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss violence against women in Afghanistan and resulting self-immolation and suicide. David Chater reports for Al Jazeera English from Herat, Afghanistan, on how women are burning themselves to escape abusive and unwanted marriages.
This week Human Rights Watch released "Unbearable Pain," an extensive report on palliative care in India. The organization believes that denying pain relief to terminally ill patients violates a basic health care right, and that the Indian government should require hospitals to provide morphine. Watch the multimedia feature and read our Q&A with the report's lead researcher.
On Thursday, Human Rights Watch released a report condemning Hamas, the militant group in charge of the Gaza Strip, for its rocket attacks on Israel during the three-week Gaza War last December. Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch discusses the report.
Elaine Pearson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the status of the Myanmar refugees in Malaysia and the problem of human trafficking in Asia.
The United Nations has said joint efforts between Rwanda and Congo represent real hope in a war that has raged for more than a decade. But since late January, Human Rights Watch cites continued insecurity, reporting that over 180 civilians have been killed and at least 90 women and girls have been raped.