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Government financial support for fossil fuels, including through subsidies, presents a key obstacle to achieving emissions reductions urgently needed to address the climate crisis. Subsidies artificially reduce the costs of fossil fuel production and…
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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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To President Joko Widodo and Speaker Bambang Soesatyo

Your Excellencies, I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to express our concerns regarding the amended Eradication of Criminal Acts of Terrorism Law (the “CT Law”) that the Indonesian parliament passed on May 25, 2018, which amends the…
Counterterrorism police stand guard near evidence confiscated in raids on suspected militants at police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 30, 2016.
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General Tito Karnavian, National Police Chief Jl. Trunojoyo 3, Jakarta 12110 Indonesia Your Excellency: We write to express concern about a pattern of police action against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (…
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What Shareholders Should Ask about Company’s Track Record on Human Rights

To British American Tobacco Shareholders: We write on behalf of the nongovernmental organizations Human Rights Watch and Swedwatch to draw your attention to serious human rights abuses we have documented in British American Tobacco’s (BAT)…
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Re: Indonesia Trip and Human Rights

Dear President Hollande, We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch concerning your visit to Indonesia on March 29. France has long been a crucial voice around the globe in promoting respect for human rights. As the first…
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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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Re: Mass Grave Exhumations

General Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat 15 Jakarta 10110 Republic of Indonesia Your Excellency: Thank you very much for…
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H. E. Joko Widodo President of the Republic of Indonesia Istana Merdeka Jakarta Pusat 10110 Indonesia Fax: +62 21 386 4816 / +62 21 344 2233 Dear President Joko Widodo, We write to express our…
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Re: Indonesian Armed Forces and Human Rights

August 3, 2015   Re: Indonesian Armed Forces and Human Rights   Dear General Nurmantyo,   Congratulations on your recent appointment to the role of…
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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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Interview with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims remain stranded at sea without adequate food and water. On Wednesday, 20 May, Malaysia and Indonesia finally bowed to mounting international pressure, announcing that they would offer refugees temporary shelter…
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Maj. Gen. Daniel Tjen General Surgeon Indonesian National Armed Forces Gedung B-III Adi Sucipto floor VI Cilangkap Jakarta 13870 Indonesia Via facsimile: +62 21 84595769 Email dtjen@cimm-icmm.org   Dear Major General Tjen, Human Rights Watch is an…