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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…

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…

 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 without…

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…

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…

Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture Offer No Protection From Abuse

The United Nations’ ruling that Sweden violated the global torture ban in its involvement in the CIA transfer of an asylum seeker to Egypt is an important step toward establishing accountability for European governments complicit in illegal US renditions…

U.N. Committee Rebukes Sweden for Sending Terror Suspect to Torture

Sweden violated the absolute ban on torture by expelling a terrorism suspect to Egypt, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ruled today. Sweden justified the transfer saying it secured assurances from Egypt that the suspect would not be tortured…