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Chancellor Angela Merkel Bundeskanzleramt Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin - Germany                           …
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M. Edouard Philippe Premier Ministre Hôtel de Matignon 57 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris Paris, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Mr. Prime Minister, The Saudi cargo ship Bahri Yanbu is due to arrive in Cherbourg…
French human rights activists wave flags as they demonstrate in front of Saudi cargo ship Bahri Tabuk docked at le "Grand Port Autonome de Marseille" GPAM in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, on May 29, 2019.
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Re: Accountability and Human Rights Concerns in Libya

Dear Minister Le Drian, We are writing to you ahead of the planned ministerial meeting on Libya that you are co-chairing with your Italian counterpart and with the participation of global leaders during the United Nations General Assembly in…
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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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Re: Human Rights Agenda for the New Government

Dear Prime Minister Khan, As your government takes charge, we write to you about the human rights situation in Pakistan and urge that you take some key steps to help address current and longstanding problems. Human Rights Watch is an…
Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation after the general election results were announced in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. © 2018 Muhammad Reza/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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29th session

Summary Discrimination on grounds of origin or religion remains a significant problem in France. Abusive police identity checks disproportionally affect minorities, which France has failed to address despite a commitment to do so at its last…
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Re: Human Rights Concerns in China

Dear Minister Le Drian, Human Rights Watch is an independent international organization that monitors human rights in more than 90 countries around the world. We have been reporting on and advocating solutions to human rights abuses in China…
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Re: Indonesia Trip and Human Rights

Dear President Hollande, We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch concerning your visit to Indonesia on March 29. France has long been a crucial voice around the globe in promoting respect for human rights. As the first…
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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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A Letter to France and Germany from an imprisoned Bahraini activist

By Nabeel Rajab, Director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights - published in le Monde (in french) on 21 december 2016 It took years for the consequences of the west’s failures in the Middle East to be felt, but as the tragedy…
Open letter Nabeel Rajab (French) - Le Monde - 21 dec 2016
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Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015.
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Re: Upcoming Trip to China

Dear Foreign Minister Ayrault, We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch on the occasion of your forthcoming visit to China. France has long been a crucial voice around the globe in promoting respect for human rights. However, with…
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57th Session of the Committee Against Torture

Dear Members of the Committee Against Torture, We write in advance of the Committee against Torture’s April 2016 review of France to highlight some concerns regarding France’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,…
French soldiers patrol in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France