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The London summit this week could kick-start the revival of the stalled reform process in the region – but won’t if human rights and the rule of law stay off the agenda

  Western Balkan and European Union leaders meet in London this week for a summit that could be a chance to revive stalled reforms and focus attention on critical issues. Unfortunately, there is every chance it will turn out to be full of hot…
Migrants are seen in front of a dorm destroyed during Bosnian 1992-1995 war, in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina May 11, 2018.
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As planting season started in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan this spring, so did the fighting. One farmer, Ibrahim (he uses only one name), and his family had barely tilled their land when they had to leave. Fighting had been close by for most of…
Afghan boys look out from behind a damaged wall after a Taliban attack in Kabul, Afghanistan October 6, 2015.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had intended Monday’s UN summit on the global refugee and migration crisis to recast the world’s response into a broader protection framework with more equitable responsibility sharing. But many world…
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The Aksaray neighborhood of Istanbul is a veritable smugglers’ den, where you can watch asylum seekers and migrants huddling and planning their next moves. But when I spoke with people there several days ago, I also saw many people with blank stares, the…
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Oped on cnn.com

This week kicks off one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Millions will set out for Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates how refugees from religious persecution found freedom in a new land. I’ll be one of those traveling. And while I’m looking…
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Here’s a story to break your heart – thousands of Afghan refugee boys who roam Europe alone, without parents, without enough help from European governments, and at risk of destitution, detention, and death. This sounds like a version of the “Hunger…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom addressed a range of concerns including counterterrorism legislation and policies, as well as ways in which the UK is failing to its obligations to promote and protect women’s human rights. The UK…
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The challenge for UK firms is a serious one - how to conform to the industry’s best practices which they preach in a country where the standard practice is so poor? As British and Qatari Royals inaugurated the Shard - London’s newest tower and the…
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In the past two weeks the Iraqi government has highlighted the return of thousands of Iraqi refugees from Syria. The government says that these returns are the result of the improving security situation inside Iraq. Throughout the Middle East Baghdad is…
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British policy on Iraqi refugees is not only morally indefensible, but also shortsighted

If the Prime Minister has refused to apologise for invading Iraq, he should at least accept responsibility for its consequences. Two million Iraqis have fled the violence unleashed by the invasion and occupation. And as the violence escalates, so does the…
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European immigration policy has to do more than simply try to bar the door to migrants and asylum-seekers. Instead, Buttiglione offered his support for a German proposal that resurrects the discredited idea of establishing centres to process asylum-…
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Congressional Human Rights Caucus Members' Briefing

Good Afternoon Chairperson Lantos, Chairperson Wolf, members of the Caucus My name is Widney Brown, I am the advocacy director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. For more than twenty years the people of Afghanistan have suffered severe…
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Human Rights Watch conducted the following interviews from November 18-22, 2001 in New Jalozai camp and in Kotkai camp in Bajaur Agency. Lack of choice and insufficient information SFJ is 45 years old. He comes from Jalalabad in Nangarhar province. He…
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As delegates gather in Germany to discuss the composition of a transitional government in Afghanistan, it is crucial to ensure that principles of international human rights and accountability are incorporated in security and governance arrangements. The…
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Durban, South Africa There is an intrinsic connection between refugees and racism. Racism is a direct cause of refugee movements. Every year hundreds of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes because of racial discrimination and ethnic…