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The undersigned organisations welcome the call you made to the Human Rights Council on June 21, 2021, to consider “mechanisms for an effective prevention response” to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. We are writing to urge you to take…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, I wish to address the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in realizing its ideals.
 
 This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the ICC’s…
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The Fifth Round of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Dialogue was held in Islamabad on May 20-21 under the umbrella theme of “Finding a Sustainable Solution to a Human Crisis: Unravelling the Pak-Afghan Paradigm”.
 
 An eleven member Afghan…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome ofthe UPR of Afghanistan, which reflects many important recommendations to address human rights concerns in the country. In particular, in line with many accepted UPR recommendations, we appreciate…
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Updated in December 2013 – All updates are in bold Afghanistan’s human rights situation is showing signs of deterioration as international engagement in the country wanes. Expanded Taliban control and violence related to the ongoing conflict are major…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) for its General Recommendation on access to justice. Human Rights Watch has done extensive research on this…
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Thank you, Senator Boxer and Senator Casey, for the invitation to testify at this important and timely hearing. I have been working on Afghanistan since 2006, and living there for most of the last three years. For the past year much of my focus has…
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Summary The Government of Afghanistan is a party to most international human rights treaties and has enshrined fundamental freedoms into its constitution. However, the human rights situation in the country is undergoing a rapid decline, in major part…
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Violence A woman refugee who returned from Pakistan in early 2002 told a Human Rights Watch researcher what happened to her relatives who were attacked. She said, A little girl was injured-they shot her with a gun. Armed men wanted to steal…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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Statement by John Sifton, Afghanistan Researcher House International Relations Committee Mr. Chairman, My name is John Sifton, and I am the Afghanistan Researcher at Human Rights Watch. Thank you for allowing me to testify today. I want to take this…
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Introduction The following testimonies are selected from more than 150 accounts of anti-Pashtun violence in northern Afghanistan gathered by Human Rights Watch researchers during a four-week research mission in February and March 2002. Human Rights…