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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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Joint letter to Tony Blair from Human Rights Watch and Liberty

Human Rights Watch and Liberty are deeply concerned about the British government’s stated intention to seek diplomatic assurances against torture in order to deport terrorism suspects to their home countries or to third countries where they would be at…
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  1. What are the judges in the House of Lords being asked to decide?   A special nine-judge panel of the House of Lords Judicial Committee will convene on October 4 to consider the lawfulness of government powers that allow foreign…
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Letter to UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw on the Sept. 2003 Draft Security Council Resolution

In your public statements in recent months, you and the Prime Minister have placed great emphasis on the abuses Saddam Hussein committed against his own people as a justification for the military action taken against Iraq. But what is the U.K. government…
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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…
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As the U.N. Security Council weighs the option of military action against Iraq to force compliance with Resolution 1441, Human Rights Watch calls on all U.N. member states to ensure that the protection of Iraq's civilians is at the forefront of its…
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British Territory Must Not Be Used for Torture

Dear Prime Minister: We write to urge you to take steps to ensure that torture does not take place on British soil, including the islands that are part of British Indian Ocean Territory. According to press reports in the United States, U.S. forces are…
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Letter to Security Council Members

Members of the UN Security Council Your Excellency: Next week, reports are due to the Security Council on the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (the ICTR)and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).…
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Letter also sent to members of Security Council

H.E. Ambassador John Negroponte President of the Security Council United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations 7019 UN Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Ambassador Negroponte: In 1994 soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) killed…