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Issue XV: The impact of COVID19- on women and girls’ education

UN Women, UNICEF and Human Rights Watch jointly issue this fifteenth alert to continue to highlight the gender specific impact of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. This alert focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls’ education and the…
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  Sexual Harassment in Garment Factories Eleven women garment workers from a factory in southern India sent a hand-written letter to a local union in late 2016.[1] They wrote: “The plight of women workers … we don’t have anyone who would…
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Ensure police are held accountable for gender-based violence

  Dr. Manmohan Singh Honorable Prime Minister of India      Dear Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh:   We the undersigned organizations would like to urgently bring to your notice and reiterate our concerns about the treatment and care given to women and…
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Accountability is key to preventing maternal deaths

  Dear Melinda Ching, Human Rights Watch recently published a report on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights, titled "No Tally of the Anguish: Accountability in Maternal Health Care in India." The full report is available at…
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Migrants’ Groups Call for Key Reforms

To participants in the Colombo process, including governments in Asia and the Middle East, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM): We, the undersigned groups, represent migrants’ associations, trade unions, human rights groups, and other…
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Letter to President Bush

President George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: Nearly a year ago, on June 26, 2003, you reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to respect international prohibitions not only of torture but also of cruel, inhuman…
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Dear President Musharraf: We appreciate the government's prompt response to the recent Mukhtaran Bibi case in Meerwala, Punjab. However, we write to express a number of concerns about the role of the police in this case and, more generally, the exercise…
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First Lady Laura Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mrs. Bush: As you prepare to travel to Europe to highlight the role of the United States in rebuilding Afghanistan, you are in a unique position to increase…
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HRW Letter to the Afghan Support Group

Dear Ms/Mr/Ambassador: As the Afghan Support Group meets on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch urges you to ensure that three areas, often low on the priority list for post-conflict planning, are considered: justice and accountability, reintegration of…
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Mr. Ruud Lubbers United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Geneva, Switzerland Dear High Commissioner, We welcome your current visit to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we very much hope that your visit will bring renewed international…