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By Human Rights Watch

The loss of lives and livelihoods from cluster munitions used by Russia and Georgia during the August 2008 armed conflict reinforces the importance of the new treaty banning the weapon, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United States, China, Russia, Georgia, and other countries opposed to the ban treaty are meeting in Geneva this week in a last-ditch attempt to conclude a separate, far weaker treaty. The 80-page report, “A Dying Practice: Use of Cluster Munitions by Russia and Georgia in August 2008,” is the first comprehensive report on cluster munition use by Russia and Georgia in their week-long conflict over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia. Human Rights Watch field investigations in August, September, and October 2008 documented dozens of civilian deaths and injuries from the use of cluster munitions, including casualties after the fighting ended. Unexploded submunitions continue to threaten civilians.

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By: Relief Web

Source: Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC); Human Rights Watch (HRW); Oxfam

WHAT: A coalition of NGOs including the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Oxfam International sent an open letter today to Heads of State and Government attending this week’s NATO Summit in Europe.

The Summit, to be held in France and Germany April 3 – 4, 2009, will center on the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategy in Afghanistan.

The letter calls for the immediate creation of a uniform, coordinated system of condolence payments for civilian death, injury and property loss resulting from the actions of international forces.
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With reservations, countries pledge $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan
By Helene Cooper
Thursday, June 12, 2008

PARIS: The United States, Europe and more than 60 other countries and international institutions offered more than $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan at a donors conference here Thursday. But amid the public pledges of support, officials were fretting over whether the Afghan government is doing all it can to make sure the money goes to rebuilding and not into the pockets of warlords and corrupt government officials.

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Spanish judge charges 11 with plotting suicide attack in Barcelona

AP, International Herald Tribune

MADRID, Spain: A Spanish judge charged 11 suspected Islamic extremists Thursday with plotting suicide attacks against the public transport network in Barcelona.

The indictment says the cell had planned to carry out several bombings in Spain’s second-largest city in January of this year. (more…)

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