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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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To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
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Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to request clarification on your government’s policy on targeted killings, specifically those carried out by the UK’s closest ally, the United States. In recent years the Obama administration has greatly expanded the…
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Dear Ambassador: We are writing to express concern that the report of the independent Commission of Experts appointed to review the prosecution of serious violations of human rights in Timor-Leste in1999 has not yet been scheduled for discussion by the…
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His Excellency Kofi Annan Secretary-General The United Nations 1 United Nations Plaza New York, New York 10017-3515 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: We are writing to express concern that the report of the independent Commission of Experts appointed to…
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Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono   President   Republic of Indonesia     Dear President Yudhoyono,     It was with great dismay that we received news that your government has not yet issued visas to Justice Prafullachandra Bhagwati of India, Professor Yozo…
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Letter to UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw on the Sept. 2003 Draft Security Council Resolution

In your public statements in recent months, you and the Prime Minister have placed great emphasis on the abuses Saddam Hussein committed against his own people as a justification for the military action taken against Iraq. But what is the U.K. government…
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As the U.N. Security Council weighs the option of military action against Iraq to force compliance with Resolution 1441, Human Rights Watch calls on all U.N. member states to ensure that the protection of Iraq's civilians is at the forefront of its…