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Young People, Sexual Health Education, and HPV in Alabama

The 65-page report, “‘It Wasn’t Really Safety, It Was Shame’: Young People, Sexual Health Education, and HPV in Alabama,” documents the Alabama state government’s failure to provide young people with comprehensive, inclusive, and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health. Human Rights Watch also found that the state is not addressing barriers to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – an effective tool to prevent several types of cancer – and that vaccination rates throughout Alabama remain low.

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  • Weak State Response to Domestic Violence in Tajikistan

    This report and its recommendations focus on violence against women by male partners and their relatives, including mothers-in-law.

  • The Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the French Hautes-Alpes

    The 80-page report found that examiners whose job is to certify a child’s status as a minor – that is, under age 18 – do not comply with international standards. Human Rights Watch found that examiners use various justifications to deny children protection.

  • A Decade of Deregulation Puts Georgian Miners at Risk

    This report documents how weak labor protections and limited government oversight have allowed mining practices that undermine safety to flourish.

  • Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK

    This report examines how deep, austerity-motivated cuts to the welfare system, exacerbated by the introduction of the Universal Credit system and other changes, have left many families with children in England going hungry and dependent on food aid from charities.

  • Abusive Prosecutions and Erosion of Fair Trial Rights in Turkey

  • Education for Children with Disabilities in Kazakhstan

    This report shows that Kazakhstan’s education system segregates and isolates children with disabilities. Even for children who can access schools in their communities, most are taught in separate classrooms with other children with disabilities.

  • Attacks on Women’s Rights in Poland

    This report documents how, since coming to power in 2015, the Law and Justice government has targeted women’s rights groups through raids and defunding, often with little warning and no clear rationale.

  • EU Policies Contribute to Abuse of Migrants in Libya

    This report documents severe overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, and lack of adequate health care. Human Rights Watch found violent abuse by guards in four official detention centers in western Libya, including beatings and whippings.

  • Improper Social Care Assessments for Older People in England

    For this report, Human Rights Watch spoke with older people and their relatives in 12 cities and towns across England. Some said that assessors appeared not to understand their disabilities and support needs.

  • Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law Imperils LGBT Youth

    This report documents how Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is having a deeply damaging effect on LGBT children.

  • Barriers for Children with Disabilities in the European School System

    This report found that while European Schools are paying increasing attention to inclusion, children with disabilities continued to face problems.

  • Weak State Response to Domestic Violence in Russia

    This report details the barriers survivors face in reporting abuse and getting help. They include social stigma, lack of awareness, and lack of trust in police.

  • Possession of Extremist Material in Kyrgyzstan

    This report finds that in some cases, suspects are charged for possessing material that the authorities classified as extremist only after their arrests. Several suspects told Human Rights Watch that police and security agents had planted the material during searches, then demanded payoffs to end investigations.

  • The Human Toll of Georgia’s Abusive Drug Policies

    This report describes the impact of overly punitive drug laws and practices on people who use drugs, and on their families.

  • Denial of Education to Child Asylum Seekers on the Greek Islands

    This report found that fewer than 15 percent of more than 3,000 school-age asylum-seeking children on the islands were enrolled in public school at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and that in government-run camps on the islands, only about 100 children, all preschoolers, had access to formal education.