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  Artur Ligęska, a 40-year-old Polish citizen who has spoken out widely about torture and ill-treatment in Emirati prisons, was found dead in his apartment in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on May 26, 2021. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights and…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

The Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom addressed a range of concerns including counterterrorism legislation and policies, as well as ways in which the UK is failing to its obligations to promote and protect women’s human rights. The UK…
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Testimony before the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan

Introduction Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify. Monsieur le President, membres du comité, merci de m'avoir donnée l'occasion de témoigner. It means a great deal to me to be before this body as…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch’s key concerns with the United Kingdom’s compliance with international human rights law in the context of the fight against terrorism. Diplomatic assurances One of the most damaging counterterrorism policies…
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Congressional Human Rights Caucus Members' Briefing

Good Afternoon Chairperson Lantos, Chairperson Wolf, members of the Caucus My name is Widney Brown, I am the advocacy director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. For more than twenty years the people of Afghanistan have suffered severe…
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Human Rights Watch conducted the following interviews from November 18-22, 2001 in New Jalozai camp and in Kotkai camp in Bajaur Agency. Lack of choice and insufficient information SFJ is 45 years old. He comes from Jalalabad in Nangarhar province. He…
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As delegates gather in Germany to discuss the composition of a transitional government in Afghanistan, it is crucial to ensure that principles of international human rights and accountability are incorporated in security and governance arrangements. The…