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Joint NGO Letter

Five years to the day after the Lampedusa tragedy in which at least 368 people died, rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea are more vital than ever. It is alarming that the last rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean may be forced to stop operating…
A wooden boat carrying 29 people, mainly Syrians, just before their rescue and transfer to the Aquarius. October 10, 2017
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Questions and Answers

The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat. In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six…
Un buque de la Armada irlandesa Le Eithne, participa en una operación de rescate como parte del operativo Frontex Tritón, el 6 de junio de 2015
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Dear European Union Heads of State and Government, Human Rights Watch welcomes your decision to hold an extraordinary Council Summit to address the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1,600 migrants and asylum seekers have died attempting…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
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H.E. Mr. Mario Monti President of the Council of Ministers Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Dear Prime Minister: We write to express Human Rights Watch’s deep concern regarding your December 17 statement made during a meeting with Palestinian…
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Regarding Pending Deportation of Abu Kurke Kebato

Dear Minister Leers,   We, the undersigned 5 human rights organizations, are writing to urge you not to return Abu Kurke Kebato, a 23-year-old Ethiopian, and his 21-year-old wife Seena Tafse Mohammed, also an Ethiopian national, to Italy.  We understand…
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December 14, 2011    Giulio Terzi di Sant’ Agata Ministry of Foreign Affairs Piazzale della Farnesina, 1 00135 Rome, Italy   Dear Minister Terzi: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq)…
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Regarding Italy's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Dear Minister Frattini, We are writing in relation to Italy's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with Italy at the council to further the human rights of people around the world. In keeping…
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Letter to the Italian Prime Minister

Mr Romano Prodi   Italian Prime Minister   Rome, Italy   Re: Tomorrow's meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir     Dear Prime Minister Prodi,     In advance of your meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Human Rights Watch wishes to raise…
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Antonio Cichetti President Ufficio Istituzione Perdonanza Celestiniana Residenza Minicipale Piazza Palazzo 67100 L’Aquila Italy Dear Mr. Cichetti: We represent leading human rights and public health organizations in Thailand and around the world. We…
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November 21, 1998 Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Re: Case of Abdullah Ocalan Dear Prime Minister D'Alema: I am writing to you regarding the case of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Human…