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Recent statements by leaders and governments in the United States, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan indicate an interest in creating so-called safe zones in Syria. While no detailed plans for creating and managing such…
An internally displaced Syrian woman walks in the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, northern Aleppo province, Syria, December 26, 2016.
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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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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. 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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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…
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  1. What's going on in South Ossetia?  2. What's the background to the latest round of fighting?  3. Is this an internal or international armed conflict? What law governs it?  4. What is a lawful target under international humanitarian law?  5. What…
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Letter to President Issayas Afewerki

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the treatment of more than one hundred Eritrean citizens forcibly repatriated from Libya during the last two weeks of July. We respectfully request assurances from your government that they will not be…
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We are writing to ask for your guarantee that people displaced from the Chechnya conflict living in Ingushetia will enjoy their rights under international law to satisfactory humanitarian conditions, to choose their own…
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I write to urge a vigorous investigation into the conduct of Russian federal troops in the village of Alkhan Yurt in Chechnya, and to suggest that you invite international agencies—intergovernmental and nongovernmental alike—to conduct their own…