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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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For the 71st pre-session working group

Dear Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: We write in advance of your upcoming pre-sessional review of the Iranian government’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Informed by Human Rights Watch’s recent…
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His Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Islamic Republic of Iran 20 December 2013 Your Excellency We, the undersigned representatives of human rights and civil society organizations, are writing to express our…
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Preventing needless suffering of the terminally ill in India

In January, years of joint advocacy by Human Rights Watch and Indian palliative care groups culminated in the Medical Council of India recognizing palliative care as a specialization of medicine and approving an MD Palliative Care program. Over time, this…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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HRW Letter to Minister Verdonk

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing to protest your proposal to lift the existing moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum seekers to Iran--and to object in the strongest possible terms to any actual resumption of expulsions of…
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On behalf of forty U.S.-based organizations advocating for human rights, including the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, we write to express deep disappointment at the United States’ actions this week in the Non-Governmental…
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On the arrest of four men on charges of homosexual conduct in Lucknow

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi,India -110 011. Dear Prime Minister Singh: Human Rights Watch writes to protest the arbitrary actions of police in Lucknow who have, apparently through entrapment, arrested four…