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Re: Energy Companies in Myanmar and Abuses by the Military Junta

October 20, 2021 We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch concerning ownership by your firm (or funds or entities under its control) of energy companies, including Total Energies, PTT (and its subsidiary PTTEP), Chevron, and POSCO, which are…
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October 10, 2021   Dear United Nations Member States, The people of North Korea have suffered under the brutal rule of the Kim family regime since 1948. Every year on October 10th, people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (…
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Myanmar security forces have killed around 600 people, dozens of them children, since the February 1, 2021 coup, increasingly using excessive and lethal force against anti-coup protesters. Millions of people have demonstrated in largely peaceful…
Anti-coup protesters stage a sit-in demonstration, Mandalay, Myanmar, February 24, 2021.
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Call for Additional, Coordinated International Sanctions

Dear High Representative / Vice-President Borrell, and Foreign Ministers of EU member states, We write to urge the European Union and its member states to fully implement the targeted sanctions that were imposed against the leadership of Myanmar’s…
Protesters flash the three-fingered salute and hold candles during a rally at night in Yangon, Myanmar, March 14, 2021.
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Ensure Protection of Worker Rights

We write to you as brands that have ramped up sourcing from Myanmar over the past ten years. That decade has seen huge steps forward for both international business and workers’ rights in Myanmar. In particular, we appreciate the efforts of brands to…
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February 15, 2021 Human Rights Watch Submission to the Ministry of Unification Regarding the Interpretation Guidelines of the Amendments of the Development of Inter-Korean Relations Act We are writing in response to your call for comments regarding…
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A Joint NGO letter to the Biden Administration

Dear President Biden, On behalf of 24 organizations and individuals devoted to improving respect for human rights in China, we write to urge your administration to make human rights a priority in US-China policy. We understand that the new…
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Violent Threats and ‘Hate Speech’ against Rohingya Community in Malaysia

  Your Excellency Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia, We, the undersigned 84 organizations, write concerning the response of the Government of Malaysia to threats of violence and ‘hate speech’…
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Joint Open Letter on Japan’s Recent Disengagement in Addressing Human Rights Abuses in North Korea

February 13, 2020   Shinzo Abe Prime Minister of Japan Cabinet Secretariat Government of Japan 1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8968 Japan   Re:  Joint…
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39 Groups Call for Meaningful Consultation of Rohingya Refugees

Dear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, We, the 39 undersigned organizations, welcome the recent announcement on November 3 by the Bangladesh Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman to put on hold plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to…
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Dear Secretary-General, We, the undersigned coalition of 16 international organizations, write to you regarding the recent report by Gert Rosenthal, “A Brief and Independent Inquiry into the Involvement of the United Nations…
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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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