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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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Include People with Disabilities in Development Programs Worldwide

(New York) – Governments meeting at the United Nations about the needs of women and children with disabilities should develop a clear plan of action to promote and uphold their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Among others steps, they should make…
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Oral Statement at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council - June 7th, 2011

Human Rights Watch welcomes the UPR report on Nepal, which includes important recommendations concerning Nepal's commitments to adopt a comprehensive and inclusive constitution, to ensure justice for victims through the adoption of a Truth and…
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On Jan. 25 in Geneva, the Working Group on the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held its hearing on Nepal. The UPR happens once every four years for each UN member state and makes recommendations for improving the human rights…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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States Avoid Serious Discussion of Rights in Algeria, Tunisia

(Geneva) – The first session of the new country review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council was undermined by inconsistencies and the timidity of some governments in reviewing others, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2008 the council…
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Will Assess India, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and 12 Others

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council will begin a new review process on April 7, 2008. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the most innovative and ambitious instrument of the council and was set up to assess the human rights performance of all 192 UN…
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Due in part to Human Rights Watch's advocacy, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will establish an office in Nepal to monitor human rights abuses. The office will be the second largest OHCHR office in the world, with a…
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Member states must stand firm on Nepal at the Commission on Human Rights

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists today called on the international community to stand firm in its response to the human rights crisis in Nepal at the Commission on Human Rights and continue to monitor…
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Agenda Item 9: Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world

Mr. Chairman,     Human Rights Watch urges the Commission to take action on the situations in Nepal, Sudan and Uzbekistan.     In Nepal, Maoists and the army continue to kill civilians with impunity. As Human Rights Watch documented, Nepal has one of the…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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UN Human Rights Monitoring Presence Needed

(New York) -- The Nepali government must ensure there is no repeat of the April 4 incident in which police used excessive force against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should promptly and independently investigate the…