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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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Ensure Safety of South Asians Vulnerable Since Easter Sunday Bombings

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of South Asian refugees and asylum seekers from violence. Since the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday bombings by alleged Islamist militants on churches and…
A Sri Lankan Muslim walks past patrolling army soldiers in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 26, 2019.
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It’s been 15 years since Ajith Debagama Kankanalamage, fled Sri Lanka after a decade of torture and sexual abuse by the military.  He thought he was headed to Canada, but he was abandoned by brokers without his passport or money in Hong…
Two mothers hold their children in their arms as they wait outside the immigration department's building in Hong Kong, China.
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Failure to Meet Pledges on Accountability, Counterterrorism Reforms

(Geneva) – The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain…
Sri Lankan police stand guard at a protest calling for the release of Tamil activists being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 14, 2015.
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Draft Law Falls Far Short of Colombo’s Pledges to United Nations

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Cabinet approved the…
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Geneva Resolution Should Be Implemented Promptly and Transparently

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s government should ensure greater transparency and progress in meeting its undertakings to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said in its 2017 World Report. The president and other senior officials have…
Women conduct a silent protest to commemorate the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Colombo, August 30, 2016.
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Demonstrate Global Leadership on Countries in Crisis

(Sydney) – Australia should “lift its game” on human rights at home and abroad to strengthen its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre said in a report released today. The government…
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Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United…
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Allow UNHCR Access to Ahmadiyya, Christian, and Shia Detainees

(New York) – At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today. The Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of…
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Return of 3 At-Risk Tamils Violates Malaysia’s International Obligations

(Kuala Lumpur) – Sri Lankan authorities should ensure the safety of two refugees and an asylum seeker whom Malaysiaforcibly returned to Sri Lanka in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. All three were under the protection of the…
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H.E. Ahmed Saleem Secretary General SAARC Secretariat PO Box 4222 Tridevi Marg Kathmandu, Nepal Fax: +977 1 4227033, 4223991   Dear Mr. Saleem, We are writing to you in advance of International Migrants Day, December 18, to…
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Imagine that you are fleeing your country to escape persecution and have survived a treacherous sea journey towards Australia’s shores. Imagine further that based solely on your country of origin, you could be “screened out” after a brief interview and…
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Earlier this week here in Geneva, a few minutes' walk from the imposing facade of the United Nations refugee agency's headquarters, I opened my morning paper. At first glance I saw that Swiss "house rules" had changed, so that "permission" would be…
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Prevent Discrimination in Access to Public Facilities

The Swiss government is arbitrarily interfering with asylum seekers’ free movement rights by giving local authorities the authority to prohibit them from using public school and sports facilities, Human Rights Watch said. On August 7, 2013, the head of…