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Homeless Shelter Residents to Be Compensated After Arbitrary Detention

The High Court of Uganda awarded damages of UGX 5,000,000 (about US$1,340) to 20 homeless gay, bisexual, and transgender people who had been arbitrarily detained and held without access to their lawyers. Their arrests had occurred in response to…
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On October 8, 2017, José Miguel Vivanco sent the following letter to Efraín José Cepeda Sarabia, President of the Senate of Colombia; Rodrigo Lara Restrepo, President of the House of Representatives; and Guillermo Rivera Flórez, Minister of Interior. The…
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Dear Speaker Pinto, I am writing to share the concerns of Human Rights Watch regarding bill 220 of 2017, which would establish a national referendum on whether same-sex couples and single people may adopt children. As you know,…
A protest demanding the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, at the Congress building in Bogota November 27, 2012.
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Washington, D.C., December 25, 2016 Dear President Santos, I am writing to share Human Rights Watch’s assessment of the Amnesty bill the Colombian Congress started discussing last week. We appreciate that the Amnesty bill…
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Juan Manuel Santos President of the Republic of Colombia Casa de Nariño Bogotá, D.C., Colombia   Dear President Santos, I am writing regarding the potential renegotiation of the peace agreement with the…
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RE: Break-ins targeting offices of Ugandan human rights organizations

Gen. Kale Kayihura Inspector General of Police Uganda Police Force Kampala, Uganda June 13, 2016 Dear General Kayihura, We, the undersigned national and international organizations engaged in various ways in work…
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Washington, D.C., June 6, 2016   Alejandro Ordóñez Inspector-General of Colombia Inspector-General’s Office of Colombia Bogotá, D.C. - COLOMBIA   Dear Inspector-General Ordóñez,…
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Washington, D.C., July 8, 2014   Juan Carlos Pinzón Defense Minister of Colombia Bogotá, D.C. - COLOMBIA   Dear Minister Pinzón, I am writing to express my serious concern over the imminent passage of the military justice system reform bill you submitted…
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Washington, D.C., June 26, 2014   Hector Timerman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Argentina Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of…