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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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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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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
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Palais de L'Élysée 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris, France April 22, 2015 Dear President Hollande, We write to urge you to use your upcoming visit to Baku to call on President Aliyev to immediately and unconditionally release Leyla and Arif…
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Dear European Union Heads of State and Government, Human Rights Watch welcomes your decision to hold an extraordinary Council Summit to address the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1,600 migrants and asylum seekers have died attempting…
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Monsieur François Hollande Président de la République Palais de l’Elysée 55 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris Paris, 3rd of December 2014 Subject: Your upcoming visit to Kazakhstan Dear President Hollande, We understand that you will be…
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We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the 41 Governments that compose the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, to take action and address the alarming proliferation of surveillance…
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Regarding the Death of Rémi Fraisse and the Use of Force During Demonstrations

Bernard Cazeneuve Minister of the Interior Ministry of the Interior Place Beauvau 75708 Paris France November 13, 2014 Re: Death of Rémi Fraisse and the Use of Force During Demonstrations Dear Minister, We write to you in connection with the death of Rémi…
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October 17, 2014 Subject: Meeting with President Ilham Aliyev, October 27, 2014 Dear President Hollande, On October 27 you will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the Paris OSCE summit on Nagorno Karabakh. We are writing to urge you to…
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  Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Dear Prime Minister, We write to you regarding your letter of October 4 congratulating Hun Sen on his appointment as Cambodia’s prime minister following the National Assembly elections on July 28 this year. As your…