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October 10, 2021   Dear United Nations Member States, The people of North Korea have suffered under the brutal rule of the Kim family regime since 1948. Every year on October 10th, people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (…
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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This questions-and-answers document sets out the sanctions regime and other diplomatic measures imposed on North Korea, Human Rights Watch’s position on sanctions, and recommendations for addressing North Korea’s human rights record. It explains how…
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively.
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Subject: HRC Member States should support strong measures to advance accountability for rights abuses in North Korea Dear Colleague, We write to urge continued support for strong measures in the resolution on the Democratic People’s…
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Re: DPRK Resolution – Need for Enhanced Focus on Accountability

February 15, 2016 Members and Observers of the Human Rights Council, In advance of the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council, we write to urge your government to support the creation of a panel of experts…
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A Focus on Accountability

Why is accountability necessary for victims of abuses in North Korea? In 2014, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea found that crimes against humanity, including extermination,…
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Re: Human Rights in the DPRK

New York, October 29, 2015 Dear Ambassador, We are writing to urge the UN Security Council to hold another formal session, open to the public and media, on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. …
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Letter to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe

  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan Re:  The Central Role of Japan in Addressing Human Rights Abuses in North Korea   Dear Prime MinisterAbe,  On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I wish to congratulate you on your recent…
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What is this report about? The UN mapping report has been prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and describes the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Democratic…
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Dear Ambassador, We write in advance of your visit to Africa to highlight key human rights concerns relevant to the Great Lakes region, Liberia, and in your meetings with the African Union, with suggested action points. Great Lakes region Democratic…
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Letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany upon his visit to Uganda and Rwanda

Professor Dr. Horst Köhler   President of the Federal Republic of Germany   Berlin, Germany       Dear President Köhler, We write to ask you to use the opportunities offered by your visits to Uganda and Rwanda to contribute, as Germany has so often done…
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Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno   Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations   Department of Peacekeeping Operations   United Nations      H.E. Prof. Alpha Oumar Konare   Chairperson   African Union Commission       Dear Mr. Guéhenno and Mr. Konare…
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Letter to Council Members on Eve of Meeting with Lead Prosecutor

Your Excellency: We the undersigned human rights groups urge you to ensure that any changes in the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) do not undermine the independence of the tribunal or its capacity to…
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Letter to Council Members on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Your Excellency: As the Security Council considers proposed changes in the post of prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), its deliberations provide an important opportunity to review the current status and future needs of…
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Your Excellency, Human Rights Watch welcomes the concern shown by the Security Council for the crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. The departure of a mission to Central Africa at this time clearly demonstrates the urgency of the…