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Dear Foreign Minister, As your government considers the policy and resource commitments it will make at next month’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch urges you to strengthen your support for reforms that promote…
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Dear NATO Heads of State, The 2016 NATO Summit, to be held in Warsaw on July 8-9, 2016, is meant to reaffirm NATO’s continuing commitment to Afghanistan at a time when the Afghan government is under growing pressure not only from Taliban…
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Re: Afghanistan’s Cooperation with the International Criminal Court

Ashraf Ghani President Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dear President Ghani, We write to you as nongovernmental organizations with a deep commitment to ending impunity for serious violations of international law…
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President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Afghanistan Dear President Obama, We write to you regarding the new US policy towards Afghanistan, which we understand you are announcing tomorrow. Human…
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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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In a new report by Human Rights Watch, United States soldiers have for the first time come forward to describe torture and other abuse by the U.S. military in Iraq, and the failure of superior officers to stop it. Human Rights Watch's report has…
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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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In July, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees drafted guidelines for governments on categories of Afghans who still require protection and should not be returned to Afghanistan. The document referred extensively to Human Rights Watch research…
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Human Rights Watch's report "Closed Door Policy: Afghan Refugees in Pakistan and Iran" cautions against a hasty repatriation of Afghan refugees while conditions in Afghanistan remain unstable. HRW researchers in the field interviewed hundreds of refugees…
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Your Excellency, Human Rights Watch greets yesterday's signing of the Bonn agreement on provisional arrangements in Afghanistan with great hope. We are impressed with the range of issues it covers and the way it handles them. Especially because it…
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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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His Excellency General Pervez Musharraf President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan Dear President Musharraf, We are writing to urge your government to reconsider current plans to house new refugees from Afghanistan in camps in the…
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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…