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Human Rights Watch is an international NGO dedicated to fighting Human Rights abuses and impunity world wide. They are one of the largest and most influential organisations reporting on human rights violations in conflict-regions.

Human Rights Watch has a wide range of activities, from campaigns, news briefs and country reports on human rights violations in all countries. For an overview over current activities see here.

Country Profiles

Human Rights Watch publish succinct and up-to-date Human Rights country profiles.

For the country profile on Burundi please click here.

For the country profile on the Democratic Republic of Congo please click here.

New Releases

Human Rights Watch are a prime source of current information of human rights abuses and related facts happening on the ground. Examples of some recent news brief relevant to the prevention of human rights abuses related to the illegal exploitation of natural resources include:


HRW_uganda0214_ForUploadHuman Rights Watch publish more substantial reports on a variety of issues pertinent to the prevention and enforcement of human rights and international humanitarian law. Reports relevant to the Great Lakes Region include:

How Can We Survive Here? The Impact of Mining on Human Rights in Karamoja, Uganda
(Feb. 3, 2014)

This 140-page report examines the conduct of three companies in different stages of the mining process: East African Mining, Jan Mangal, and DAO Uganda. Human Rights Watch found that companies have explored for minerals and actively mined on lands owned and occupied by Karamoja’s indigenous people. But the Ugandan government, in partnership with the private sector, has excluded customary land owners from making decisions about the development of their own lands and has proceeded without their consent. Human Rights Watch also found that donors, including the World Bank, have failed the people of Karamoja by working to enhance the burgeoning mining sector without addressing indigenous people’s rights, including the right to development.


HRW_Unfinished_BusinessUnfinished Business: Closing Gaps in the Selection of ICC Cases (Sept. 15, 2011)

This report assesses the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) choice of its first five cases. Investigations in Central African Republic, Sudan’s Darfur region, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and northern Uganda have yielded 10 cases and three trials, making an important contribution to tackling impunity for some of the world’s worst crimes. But these cases have not gone far enough to ensure that justice delivered by the ICC will resonate with concerns of victims and affected communities.