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Bill Would Have Criminalized Wide Range of Peaceful Expression

In a win for online freedom in Iraq, the Iraqi parliament has said it will stop pushing forward a cybercrimes draft law until after it is amended so that it protects rather than infringes upon free speech. As it stood, the law would have allowed Iraqi…
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Widespread Impunity Perpetuates Police Violence in Brazilian State

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Activists and relatives of victims shout slogans and demand justice the day after a deadly police operation in the Jacarezinho favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 7, 2021.
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 In Vietnam, more than 130 political prisoners are currently locked up simply for exercising their basic rights. Rights bloggers…
Political prisoners in Vietnam
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) imposed a 25-year-sentence on Dominic Ongwen, a former leader of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The sentence marks an important milestone in the search for…
Ongwen at the ICC, January 21, 2016
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(New York, May 6, 2021) – Falling donor support for essential services in Afghanistan is reducing women’s access to essential health care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. More cuts are likely in coming months following the announcement…
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Dominic Ongwen’s Status as Child Victim Factors into Punishment

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Dominic Ongwen at his confirmation of charges hearing in ICC courtroom I on 21 January 2016 © ICC-CPI.
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More Needed to Address Climate Threat

This spring, First Nations in northern Ontario are facing another challenging hunting season. Charles Hookimaw, lands and resources director at Attawapiskat First Nation, told us that warmer, wetter weather culminating in an early spring melt made it…
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Summary Over the past two decades, Afghanistan has depended on international donor support to fund essential services like health care. But this donor support has been falling for years and will likely to continue do so—perhaps precipitously—following…
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Huge news - and it's good! People around the world facing the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic have reason to feel more hopeful today. After seven months of vigorous advocacy by health experts and human…
Supporters attend the Rally for Vaccine Access for Everyone, Everywhere on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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The US Withdrawal, Drops in Foreign Aid, and Health Care for Women and Girls

When the United States announced in April that it would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, it raised concerns the move would come with cuts in development assistance. Yet dwindling foreign investment has already left Afghanistan’s government with…
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Draft Law Criminalizes Consensual Sex, Lets Down Assault Survivors

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Brenda, a Ugandan transgender woman, was arrested and assaulted by police in the wake of the passage of Uganda’s 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Activists fear that the passage of the Sexual Offences Bill will similarly lead to anti-LGBT violence.