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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council:  Excellency,  We, the undersigned associations and human rights organisations call on the Human Rights Council to create a new mechanism assisting the process of…
Demonstrators carry a huge historical flag of Belarus as thousands gather for a protest at the Independence square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 23, 2020.
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Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

(Geneva) – The High Commissioner’s report on the situation in Belarus compellingly describes the widespread, brutal, and violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and their supporters in the context of the recent presidential vote. It also details the…
Young demonstrators during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, 6 December 2020.
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Civil society organizations call to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the leadup, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections

26 August 2020 Excellencies, We, the undersigned Belarusian and international non-governmental organisations, write to you to express our utmost concern and call on you to urgently convene a Special Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to…
Police officers detain a protester in Minsk, Belarus, on July 14, 2020 during a protest rally against a decision to bar a number of opposition candidates from running in the presidential elections on August 9.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

The report of the Special Rapporteur clearly indicates “the absence of significant improvements” in the country, and despite some marginal improvements on freedom of association, flags “further restrictions on online media.”
 
 As said by one of…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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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.
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, urge your delegation to maintain scrutiny on the human rights situation in Belarus, including by ensuring the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Human Rights Council Panel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

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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Interactive Dialogue with COI on Syria

Human Rights Watch thanks the Commission of Inquiry for highlighting the devastating and unlawful acts committed by parties on both sides of the conflict during the offensive on Eastern Ghouta between February and April 2018. Over the months leading up to…
A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands next to debris of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, September 25, 2017. © 2017 REUTERS
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The Special Rapporteur’s latest report finds that the Belarusian government is continuing its pattern of systemic oppression and human rights abuses and that there has been no improvement of the human rights situation in the country. Human Rights Watch’s…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Human Rights Watch supports the findings of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. An investigation by Human Rights Watch has established that the Syrian government forces have used nerve agents on…
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters on their way to Raqqa, Syria June 6, 2017© 2017 Reuters