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Five years ago this month, French authorities dismantled the sprawling Calais migrant encampment known as the “Jungle,” dispersing hundreds of men, women, and children to refugee centers across the country. But because the draw of northern France is its…
Abdul Saboor at his home in Paris, March 2021.
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29th session

Summary Discrimination on grounds of origin or religion remains a significant problem in France. Abusive police identity checks disproportionally affect minorities, which France has failed to address despite a commitment to do so at its last…
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Refugees in Jordan Suffer Collective Expulsions to Syria

Syrians who thought they had escaped their civil war by fleeing to neighboring Jordan have been summarily deported to their war-ravaged country without explanation. Jordan’s government says refugees are being sent back to protect national security…
A lone man crosses Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The camp population fell from 203,000 during its peak in April 2013 to 80,000 by July 2017.
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57th Session of the Committee Against Torture

Dear Members of the Committee Against Torture, We write in advance of the Committee against Torture’s April 2016 review of France to highlight some concerns regarding France’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,…
French soldiers patrol in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France
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Questions and Answers

The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat. In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six…
Un buque de la Armada irlandesa Le Eithne, participa en una operación de rescate como parte del operativo Frontex Tritón, el 6 de junio de 2015
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Vice President Joe Biden                              The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500             RE: Human Rights Situation in Serbia  Dear Vice President Biden…
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Dear European Union Heads of State and Government, Human Rights Watch welcomes your decision to hold an extraordinary Council Summit to address the crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1,600 migrants and asylum seekers have died attempting…
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H.E. Mr. Nabil El Araby Secretary-General The League of Arab States Secretariat - Tahrir Square Cairo, Egypt   Dear Secretary-General, Human Rights Watch welcomes the Council of the League of Arab States’ February 12 call on Syria to end all forms of…
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Dear President Sarkozy: We are writing to you before the December 31 announced closure of Camp Ashraf (also known as Camp New Iraq) to urge the French government to take proactive steps to help prevent the stand-off between the Iraqi government and the…
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On Behalf of : Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH):    Dear Members of the Royal Committee for Amending the Constitution, The Euro-Mediterranean Human…
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H.E. Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai Prime Minister's Office Amman - Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Re: Urgent Provision of Housing Needed for Sri Lankan Domestic Workers   Dear Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai, Human Rights Watch writes to…
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H.E. Ghazi al-Shubaikat Minister of Labor Ministry of Labor Amman Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan   Dear Minister al-Shubaikat, We write to urge you to introduce amendments to the draft Regulation for Domestic Workers currently under…