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Washington, D.C., June 26, 2014   Hector Timerman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Argentina Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of…
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Honorable Camilo Escalona Medina, Presidente del Senado Honorable Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz, Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Honorable Hernán Larraín Fernández, Presidente de la Comisión de Constitución, Legislación, Justicia y…
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Regarding Pending Deportation of Abu Kurke Kebato

Dear Minister Leers,   We, the undersigned 5 human rights organizations, are writing to urge you not to return Abu Kurke Kebato, a 23-year-old Ethiopian, and his 21-year-old wife Seena Tafse Mohammed, also an Ethiopian national, to Italy.  We understand…
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Mr. Herman Tjeenk Willink Cabinet Informateur Dear Informateur, Human Rights Watch is an international nongovernmental organization based in New York that monitors and reports on international human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law issues in some…
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We are writing in reaction to two letters, sent in your name and the name of the State Secretary of Justice to the Chairperson of the Lower Chamber on June 17, 2008. The letters were prompted by questions to the government from members of parliament Boris…
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We are writing this public letter to commend your government’s principled stand in refusing to sign the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia in the absence of its full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former…
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Dear SAARC Government Leaders: As the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet in New Delhi on April 3 and 4, 2007, the discussions will inevitably focus upon economics and regional security. At SAARC meetings, human…
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Letter to Immigration Minister Vedonk

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing with regard to the existing moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum-seekers to Iran--and to urge you in the strongest possible terms not to resume such deportations. Within the region, Iran is…
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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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Letter III to Dutch Minister of Justice

I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch (HRW) regarding the case of Nuriye Kesbir. Ms. Kesbir’s lawyers informed us in November that your ministry appealed the Hague District Court Decision of November 8, 2004. Subsequently, Ms. Kesbir’s lawyers…
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Letter II to Dutch Minister of Justice

I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch (HRW) regarding the case of Nuriye Kesbir. Ms. Kesbir’s lawyers have provided us with a copy of the September 7, 2004 decision in which you authorize Ms. Kesbir’s extradition to Turkey. Human Rights Watch is…
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Letter to Dutch Ministry of Justice

Human Rights Watch writes as a matter of urgency regarding the case of Nuriye Kesbir and the real risk of torture and ill-treatment she will face upon return to Turkey if extradited by the government of the Netherlands. We are also deeply concerned about…