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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ali Ajami, an exiled Iranian human rights defender and a dear colleague to many of us who focus on documenting violations of human rights in Iran. Ali, 37, was a gifted student of law at the University of…
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20 November 2019 BBC Panorama / Sunday Times investigation  We write to you following the BBC Panorama and Sunday Times joint investigation which found evidence the Ministry of Defence and some elements within the Armed Forces have…
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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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Ensure Continued Scrutiny of the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

11 June 2019   To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Ensure continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Eritrea   Excellency,…
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Human Rights Watch Submission - 2018

We write on the occasion of the Australia-Iran human rights dialogue, to be held for the first time in Tehran in August 2018. Australia should use this opportunity to raise critical human rights concerns while at the same time engaging Iranian…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies, Ahead of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Coun­cil”), we write to you as a cross-re­gional group of non-governmental organizations to share our serious concerns over the sys­te­ma­tic, wide­spread and…
Eritrean refugees hold placards during a protest against the Eritrean government outside their embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel May 11, 2015.
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Submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Dear Commissioner King: Human Rights Watch has examined human rights violations in Eritrea since independence in 1991, but especially the steady deterioration of human rights since 2001. In that year, the government closed all independent…
Wendy Isaack, researcher at Human Rights Watch, delivers a statement at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Banjul, Gambia, November 6, 2017.