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Beijing’s Growing Repression Needs a Global Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the suspension of many high-profile international visits, but Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s appearance in Italy today – to be followed by visits to France, Germany, and the Netherlands – presents an opportunity…
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting on the Novel Coronavirus in Vientiane, Laos, February 20, 2020.
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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
Children pan for gold
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack. Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
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H.E. Mr. Mario Monti President of the Council of Ministers Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Dear Prime Minister: We write to express Human Rights Watch’s deep concern regarding your December 17 statement made during a meeting with Palestinian…
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Joining UN Human Rights Council Comes With Obligation to Address Abuses at Home

(New York, June 16, 2011) - Italy should take concrete steps to improve its human rights record and carry out the pledges it made as a new member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Foreign Minister Franco…
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I. Summary On May 6, 2009, for the first time in the post-World War II era, a European state ordered its coast guard and naval vessels to interdict and forcibly return boat migrants on the high seas…
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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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Prime Minister, Pope Should Press Visiting Sudanese President

(Brussels) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Pope Benedict XVI should call on the government of Sudan to fulfill its legal duty to arrest International Criminal Court suspects when Sudan's President Omar al Bashir visits today, Human Rights Watch…
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Letter to the Italian Prime Minister

Mr Romano Prodi   Italian Prime Minister   Rome, Italy   Re: Tomorrow's meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir     Dear Prime Minister Prodi,     In advance of your meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Human Rights Watch wishes to raise…
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More Than 50 Organizations Sign Letter of Protest

(New York) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s announcement of a brutal new phase in Thailand’s “war on drugs” raises fears of widespread human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. In an open letter to the committee that recently gave an…
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Antonio Cichetti President Ufficio Istituzione Perdonanza Celestiniana Residenza Minicipale Piazza Palazzo 67100 L’Aquila Italy Dear Mr. Cichetti: We represent leading human rights and public health organizations in Thailand and around the world. We…
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Human Rights Watch today condemned the decision of the government of Fernando De la Rúa in Argentina not to extradite former naval officer Alfredo Astiz, an intelligence agent during the country's period of military rule. Both the Italian and French…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today called on President Fernando De la Rúa of Argentina to extradite former naval officer Alfredo Astiz, who is wanted for trial in Italy for the kidnapping and torture of three Italian-Argentines.     Captain Astiz,…
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Urgent Need for an International Criminal Court Cited

Human Rights Watch today condemned the failure of the Italian government to prosecute Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), for crimes against humanity, such as extrajudicial executions and massacres of civilians. The…
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November 21, 1998 Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema Piazza Colonna, 370 00187 Rome Italy Re: Case of Abdullah Ocalan Dear Prime Minister D'Alema: I am writing to you regarding the case of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Human…
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Human Rights Watch today urged the Italian authorities to deny the asylum request of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), noting that those believed responsible for crimes against humanity are ineligible for asylum under…