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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.
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UN Finds ‘Staggering’ Numbers Tortured in Kandahar

In its biannual report released today, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted a modest decline in torture allegations across the country. This is good news. But with about one-third of conflict-related detainees still alleging…
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2018.
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31st session of the Universal Periodic Review; 3rd cycle

Introduction
 
 Afghanistan’s last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was in January 2014, when most international forces were preparing to withdraw and hand over security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces. Afghanistan’s human…
A soldier searches a house in a village in Baluchi pass in Uruzgan province, November 1, 2007.
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Human Rights Council Panel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, I wish to address the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in realizing its ideals.
 
 This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the ICC’s…
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Imagine that your parents fled their country with you 30 years ago, when you were a baby. The country where you live is the only place you have ever known and your own children were born there.
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Five returning Afghan refugee children wait for their parents to register at the UN refugee agency’s support center outside Kabul after being forced out of Pakistan in October 2016. Almost 600,000 Afghans, including 360,000 registered refugees, returned h
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome ofthe UPR of Afghanistan, which reflects many important recommendations to address human rights concerns in the country. In particular, in line with many accepted UPR recommendations, we appreciate…
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Updated in December 2013 – All updates are in bold Afghanistan’s human rights situation is showing signs of deterioration as international engagement in the country wanes. Expanded Taliban control and violence related to the ongoing conflict are major…
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Review of Afghanistan by the Committee scheduled for 10 July 2013

We write in advance of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s upcoming initial and second periodic review of Afghanistan to highlight areas of concern. We hope our submission will inform your consideration of Afghanistan’s…
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Security Council Should Impose Sanctions for Targeting Children, Teachers

(New York) – Armed forces and armed groups that attack schools and teachers should face consequences from the United Nations Security Council, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said today. The UN Secretary-General’s annual…
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Oral statement under Item 2/10 General Debate on HC/SG Country Reports

Human Rights Watch welcomes the many significant points in the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch values the importance of the work delivered on the ground by…
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Council Action Also Needed on Iran, Afghanistan, and Elsewhere

(Geneva) - The United Nations Human Rights Council took positive steps to respond to human rights emergencies in Kyrgyzstan and Somalia in its session that ended on June 18, 2010, Human Rights Watch said today. But the council's failure to act on Iran and…
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Sent during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council

Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva   Excellency, We are writing to you in connection with the report of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the situation in Afghanistan, which is scheduled to be presented to the Human…