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By AFP

October 29, 2009

ISLAMABAD — A US-based rights group on Thursday urged Pakistan to ensure that sufficient supplies reach civilians trapped by a massive anti-Taliban offensive, warning of “catastrophe” without aid access.

Pakistan launched a ground and air operation designed to crush Taliban sanctuaries in the lawless South Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan, on October 17 and fears have been growing about the impact on the local population.

“People trying to get away from the fighting are already reporting civilian casualties and food shortages,” Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement. (more…)

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By HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Follow International Law to Avoid Past Failings

(Jerusalem, August 2, 2009) – The Israel Defense Forces have reportedly decided to improve the warnings given to civilians before attacks, but still need to ensure that the warnings are effective and do not allow attacks otherwise prohibited under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a letter to the Israeli military’s Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Human Rights Watch welcomed the reported announcement that the military will issue new procedures to improve its early warnings to civilians during armed conflict, saying that improved procedures could save lives but reiterating concerns over past practice. (more…)

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By IRIN

MAIDUGURI, 31 July 2009 (IRIN) – Security forces have killed innocent civilians and unarmed men in a crackdown on the radical religious group known as Boko Haram, which reportedly left several hundred people dead in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, residents and human rights activists told IRIN.

“It is unbelievable the way the security forces went about indiscriminately shooting and killing innocent residents of Maiduguri, and members of Boko Haram,” Shamaki Gad Peter, head of Jos-based League for Human Rights told IRIN. (more…)

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By Jonathon Burch

Reuters

KABUL – A U.S. investigation into an air strike in western Afghanistan last year was “deeply flawed” and casts doubt over the military’s commitment to reduce civilian casualties, a human rights group said on Thursday. (more…)

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