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Dear European Union Heads of State and Government, Human Rights Watch welcomes your decision to hold an extraordinary Council Summit to address the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1,600 migrants and asylum seekers have died attempting…
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Human Rights Watch Research on Returned Tamils Facing Torture in Sri Lanka Cited

The seven ethnic Tamil men waited on the tarmac of a London airport last May, literally minutes from take-off and from being deported to Sri Lanka. British authorities had rejected their applications for asylum, despite increasing information that Tamils…
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Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Auswärtiges Amt Werderscher Markt 1 10117 Berlin, Germany   Dear Foreign Minister Westerwelle: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the…
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Dear President Sarkozy: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the French government to take proactive steps to help prevent the stand-off between the Iraqi government and the…
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Foreign Secretary William Hague Foreign and Commonwealth Office King Charles Street London  SW1A2AH  UK   Dear Foreign Secretary Hague: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the…
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Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Ministry for Foreign Affairs Gustav Adolfs torg 1 SE-103 39 Stockholm Sweden   Dear Foreign Minister Bildt: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the…
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December 14, 2011    Giulio Terzi di Sant’ Agata Ministry of Foreign Affairs Piazzale della Farnesina, 1 00135 Rome, Italy   Dear Minister Terzi: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq)…
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Dear Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the US government to take proactive steps to prevent further deterioration in the stand-off…
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Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal Ministry of Foreign Affairs   Dear Foreign Minister Søvndal: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the government of Denmark to take proactive…
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  President Kurmanbek Bakiev Dom Pravitelstva Bishkek 720003 Kyrgyz Republic Dear President Bakiev, I am writing to urge your government to ensure that asylum seekers and refugees in Kyrgyzstan fully enjoy the protections to which they are entitled…
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On October 6, the British government announced that it will allow Iraqi interpreters and other key support staff to settle in the United Kingdom. Iraqis who worked for British forces are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by insurgents and militia…
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Following high-profile media reports about Iraqi interpreters whose lives are threatened because they worked for British forces, the British government announced on August 7 that it will review its policy of non-preferential treatment for Iraqi employees…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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HRW Letter to Minister Verdonk

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing to protest your proposal to lift the existing moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum seekers to Iran--and to object in the strongest possible terms to any actual resumption of expulsions of…