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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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Re: Human Rights Agenda for the New Government

Dear Prime Minister Khan, As your government takes charge, we write to you about the human rights situation in Pakistan and urge that you take some key steps to help address current and longstanding problems. Human Rights Watch is an…
Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation after the general election results were announced in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. © 2018 Muhammad Reza/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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28th session of the UPR

Human rights concerns in Pakistan include an increase in intimidation and attacks against the media by both state and non-state actors; restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); torture and ill-treatment in custody, particularly against…
A Pakistan Ranger gestures to stop members of the media from taking pictures at an anti-terrorism court in Karachi, Pakistan on March 12, 2015.
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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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The Fifth Round of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Dialogue was held in Islamabad on May 20-21 under the umbrella theme of “Finding a Sustainable Solution to a Human Crisis: Unravelling the Pak-Afghan Paradigm”. An eleven member Afghan…
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Submission to the plenary session on Pakistan

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous child rights violations in Pakistan in recent years. This submission relates to Articles 2, 6, 8, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, and 40 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In…
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Reimpose the Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Dear Prime Minister Sharif, Today marks one year since a six-year moratorium on executions was lifted in Pakistan. We are writing to express our deep concern at Pakistan’s relentless use of the death penalty during the past…
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Secretary of State John F. Kerry U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520   Dear Secretary Kerry, Your forthcoming trip for the January 14 US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Islamabad offers important opportunities to address both new…
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H.E. Ahmed Saleem Secretary General SAARC Secretariat PO Box 4222 Tridevi Marg Kathmandu, Nepal Fax: +977 1 4227033, 4223991   Dear Mr. Saleem, We are writing to you in advance of International Migrants Day, December 18, to…
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a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

August 22, 2013 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister’s Secretariat Constitution Avenue Islamabad, Pakistan   Re: 10 Steps for Improving Human Rights in Pakistan   Dear Prime Minister Sharif, As your government completes its first three months in…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the UPR of Pakistan, which reflected many important recommendations to address human rights concerns in the country. In particular, we appreciate that Pakistan accepted the recommendations to take…