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Laetitia Bader, Human Rights Watch’s Horn of Africa Director, recently returned from a research mission in Sudan to interview refugees who fled the fighting that broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in early November 2020. For several weeks, federal…
People who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region ride a bus to the Village 8 temporary shelter near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, December 1, 2020. 
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Response to the Joint Questionnaire on Covid-19 and Human Rights by UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/callCovid19.aspx We are writing to share our concerns regarding the protection of older people during the Covid-19 pandemic. These include access to social services, concerns regarding nursing homes,…
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Being Outside is a Health Risk for Some of Zambia’s Children

How did you first become aware of the problem in Kabwe? We learned about it from an environmental group several years ago but became interested in doing our own research after seeing a young person from Kabwe speak at a United Nations event.…
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The EPA should reverse its proposed rule and require financial assurances for the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry

To Whom It May Concern,   We are writing to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse its position and mandate financial assurances for the electric power industry in the proposed rule regarding Financial Responsibility…
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Left Destitute and Sick, Communities Defy Police Abuse and Threats to Assert their Rights

What changes for a community once a mine starts operating? Most mining in South Africa takes place in rural areas, where people live off the land and their livestock. Mining often forces people to leave the land they use for farming and grazing…
Coal mine in Somkhele viewed from Ocilwane village in Fuleni, KwaZulu-Natal. © 2018 Rob Symons
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Equatorial Guinea has the highest GDP per capita of any African country. What’s gone wrong?         About 20 years ago the country discovered oil, and virtually overnight it went from being one of the poorest…
After spending several million dollars on government buildings in Malabo, the capital, and Bata, the nation’s economic center, Equatorial Guinea is pouring billions of dollars into building a new administrative capital, Oyala, in the middle of the jungle.
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February 10, 2017 Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative International Secretariat Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo, Norway For distribution to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board…
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His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos President of the Republic of Angola Re: Prosecution of Rafael Marques de Morais Dear President dos Santos, We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are writing to you to express our strong concerns about…
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Takehiko Nakao President Chairperson, Board of Directors Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters: 6 ADB Avenue Mandaluyong City 1550 Metro Manila Philippines Cc: Ms. Ma. Carmela Locsin, Director General, RSDD Mr. Bart Edes, Director, Poverty Reduction,…
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Robert Dudley Chief Executive Officer BP 1 St James's Square London SW1Y 4PD United Kingdom Re: BP and Azerbaijan's crackdown Dear Mr. Dudley, We are writing to urge you to take action, publicly and privately, in response to a harsh government crackdown…
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Excellency, I am writing regarding the Council’s engagement on business and human rights issues. We are aware of highly divergent views among delegations over whether and how to launch government negotiations leading to a legally binding instrument…
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Letter to President Barroso on Supply Chain Due Diligence

Dear President of the European Commission, We are writing ahead of the College of Commissioners’ meeting tomorrow to urge you to ensure that the Commission’s legislative proposal on responsible sourcing of minerals includes a mandatory obligation for…
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Update: A response from the EITI Secretariat is available at this link. Ms. Clare Short Chair EITI International Board Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo, Norway Re: A New Accountability Agenda: Human Rights and the EITI Dear Ms. Short, I am writing on…