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After Pledging Reforms, UK Development Bank Should Implement Them

A United Kingdom development bank, CDC Group, has taken another step toward addressing human rights abuses at oil palm plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In May, the bank committed to reforming its complaints mechanism and adopting a…
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Yesterday, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia inked an agreement that says Indonesian women working in Saudi homes will be able to keep their passports, communicate with their families, get paid monthly, and have time off. The new pact comes in the wake of years…
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More impact as of July 12, 2012: Saudi Arabia has said that it will send two female athletes to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time,…
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Letter to the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka

To the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, In the wake of recent cases of alleged abuse against Indonesian and Sri Lankan migrant domestic workers employed in Saudi Arabia, we write to urge your governments to ensure a timely and…
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End System of Male Guardianship

Dr. Bandar al-‘Iban Chairman Human Rights Commission King Fahd Road, Building no. 373 Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia   Dear Dr. al-‘Iban, I urgently request your intervention on behalf of Aisha Ali, a 28-year-old Saudi divorced mother of…
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Woman forced to stay in Saudi Arabia against her will

Embassy of Canada Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dear Consul, I am writing to urgently request your assistance in helping Ms. Nazia Quazi, an unmarried 24-year-old dual Canadian and Indian national, to leave Saudi Arabia and return to her…
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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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Dear President Obasanjo, Human Rights Watch is writing to you as host of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to outline a number of issues which we believe Commonwealth leaders should address when they meet in Abuja next week. In…