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Re: Bangladesh

Dear Secretary-General Scotland, We write to you with deep concern over your recent statements praising Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Prime Minister Hasina has presided over an increasingly authoritarian, near- one-party state where the…
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Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Re: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 17 June 2020   Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to request that your government…
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Violent Threats and ‘Hate Speech’ against Rohingya Community in Malaysia

  Your Excellency Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia, We, the undersigned 84 organizations, write concerning the response of the Government of Malaysia to threats of violence and ‘hate speech’…
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20 November 2019 BBC Panorama / Sunday Times investigation  We write to you following the BBC Panorama and Sunday Times joint investigation which found evidence the Ministry of Defence and some elements within the Armed Forces have…
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2019 UK General Election

12 November 2019   Dear [Party Leader],   I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, an independent non-governmental organization that works on human rights around the world.   …
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Dear Prime Minister,  On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing to urge you to maintain a focus on human rights in your government’s domestic and foreign policy and to ensure that rights protections are not downgraded during your…
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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: Enforced Disappearances of Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh

Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch concerning the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) release on April 3, 2019, of its final decisions in the public inquiries into the disappearances of Amri Che…
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, speaks next to Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, left, and People's Justice Party President Anwar Ibrahim, right, during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
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Novalpina Capital Should Respect and Deliver on Its Commitment to Upholding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Dear Mr. Peel, We write in reply to your March 1, 2019 letter, which responded to our open letter of February 18, 2019 raising concerns around the acquisition by Novalpina Capital of a stake in NSO Group. We welcome Novalpina Capital…
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Dear Foreign Secretary, Congratulations on your new appointment. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international human rights organisation that works to document and expose human rights violations in some 90 countries around the…
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Schools should be a sanctuary - a place where children can learn, develop and play with their classmates, and prepare for their future lives in society. Education is a right for every child in this world, no matter where they live or how poor they are.…
Nepalese children in a class provided by an international aid organization inside a primary school in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu
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Schools are for education not war
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Once soldiers make classrooms their home, the school can become a military target
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Military use of schools and universities
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Canadian students taking part in an exercise to urge Justin Trudeau to sign the Safe Schools Declaration and help end attacks on and military use of schools.
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In some countries, there is one thing that students fear more than a maths test: the AK47
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United Nations peacekeepers from Pakistan using a school building in Mourouba, Ouaka province, as their base in violation of UN guidelines and regulations. The forces left the school in January 2017 after Human Rights Watch informed UN authorities.
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An eager student leads her class in learning the alphabet in September 2015 at a displacement camp housed at a school in Maiduguri, Borno state. © 2015 Bede Sheppard, Human Rights Watch
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An Afghan policeman stands guard at the entrance of a local school sponsored by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency in Kandahar City May 11, 2010. © 2010 Nikola Solic / Reuters
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Schools not battlegrounds
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Students line up at the end of the day at a school in Sana’a, Yemen