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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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HRW Calls on Cosponsoring States to Provide Funding for Syria Investigative Mechanism

Dear Ambassador, We write to thank your government for its support for the December 2016 General Assembly resolution to establish the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of…
The UN General Assembly votes on the Syria Investigative Mechanism resolution
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Even after five years of horror in Syria, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, the extent of atrocities in Aleppo is hitting new highs as Syrian government forces advance on the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Syria’s commercial…
Ruins of a residential house that was struck in an aerial attack, killing at least 24 civilians, on September 27, 2016.
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As Olympic games open in Sochi, 37 humanitarian, human rights, and peace organizations call for UNSC Resolution to open Syria to aid.

Dear Foreign Minister: As the world comes together in Sochi to open the Olympic Games, Syrians are living under siege. In the spirit of the ancient tradition of an Olympic truce, echoed by the United Nations Secretary General in January, we call on…
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Arab and International civil society present measures to the League of Arab States to intensify leadership on Syria

Your Excellency, Dr. Nabil El Araby Secretary General, League of Arab States   In advance of the extraordinary  meeting of the Arab Ministers of Foreign Affairs on Syria to be held on June 2,2012, we the undersigned, representing Arab and international…
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Regarding Human Rights Abuses by Armed Opposition Members

We are writing to express our concern about increasing evidence, as described below, of kidnappings, the use of torture, and executions by armed Syrian opposition members and strongly urge you to work to ensure that all opposition members refrain from…
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Joint Civil Society Appeal to UN Member States

Dear Ambassador, On October 20 a number of our organizations wrote to you to urge the UN General Assembly to demand an end to the government-sponsored violence in Syria. A lot has happened since. On November 2, Syria pledged to abide by the Arab League…
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To: All Member States of the UN General Assembly Dear Ambassador, In light of the Security Council’s failure to address the violence by Syria’s security forces against their own people, we call on the UN General Assembly urgently to adopt a resolution…
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Antonio Patriota Foreign Minister of Brazil Shri Ranjan Mathai Foreign Secretary of India Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Minister, Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Dear Excellencies, We welcome your governments’ decision to…
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Request for Necessary Reforms to Personal Status Laws

  President Bashar al-Assad Presidential Palace, Damascus Syrian Arab Republic   Your Excellency, We are writing to express our support for your decision, as reported in the media, to set aside the draft personal status law, which would have…
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Your Excellency:     We are writing to inquire about the location, well-being and reasons for the detention of Mr. Ziad Wasef Ramadan, a Syrian national detained by Syria's security services since July 21, 2005 apparently in relation to the…