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Update by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Situation in Ukraine - December 2019

Human Rights Watch welcomes the new report of the UN Human Rights Office on the situation in Ukraine. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to embrace its recommendations as a matter of priority.
 We are concerned that the government continues to…

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.

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…

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

Item 10 Interactive dialogue on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights periodic update on Ukraine

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Office of the High Commissioner’s periodic reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine. We value its excellent work in the country.
 We share the High Commissioner’s concerns over the impact repeated…

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

28th session of the UPR

Much has changed in Ukraine since its last Human Rights Council’s review under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure, in 2012. Human Rights Watch is aware that the government has had to cope with multiple, profound crises in a short period since…

Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors.
 First, leadership: many…

Presentation of the OHCHR periodic report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine

Human Rights Watch welcomes the new periodic report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report is an important opportunity to reinvigorate discussions on addressing key human rights issues in Ukraine.
 We would like to highlight…