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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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His Excellency Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani Head of the Judiciary Islamic Republic of Iran His Excellency Abbas Jaafari Dolatabadi Tehran Prosecutor Islamic Republic of Iran Your Excellencies: We are writing to you in connection with the status…
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His Excellency Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani Head of the Judiciary Islamic Republic of Iran His Excellency Abbas Jaafari Dolatabadi Tehran Prosecutor Islamic Republic of Iran   Your Excellencies,  We are writing to you in connection with the status…
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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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Open Letter to the President of the Iraqi High Tribunal

We are writing this public letter to express our concerns arising in the Anfal trial. We hope the shortcomings identified below can be rectified to bring this trial into compliance with internationally recognized fair trial standards. Fair trials are…
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Joint letter to Tony Blair from Human Rights Watch and Liberty

Human Rights Watch and Liberty are deeply concerned about the British government’s stated intention to seek diplomatic assurances against torture in order to deport terrorism suspects to their home countries or to third countries where they would be at…
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Congratulations on your election and inauguration as Afghanistan's first directly elected president. By taking part in presidential elections, Afghans overcame intimidation from regional warlords, threats from the Taliban, and tremendous logistical…
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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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Directors urge immediate action to end abuse of detainees in Iraq and elsewhere

The executive directors of leading human rights organizations have written to President about the ill-treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. Incidents of abuse have been reported in these locations over many…
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We are writing you with regard to several incidents in Iraq involving actions by United States forces that appear to violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The most recent of these incidents was reported in an Associated Press dispatch of January 3, 2004.…