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(Chicago, March 11, 2021) – An Illinois law that requires a young person seeking an abortion to involve an adult family member is dangerous for youth in the state, violates their human rights, and threatens their health and safety, Human Rights Watch and…
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(Montgomery, Alabama, November 29, 2018) – The Federal and many state and local governments are not doing enough to prevent cervical cancer deaths, which are largely preventable, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. Approximately 4,200 women…
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(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Mothers in jail are being torn from their families and losing contact with their children even before they have been convicted of a crime, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report…
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Everyone has the right to make decisions about their own body. The Trump administration should keep their hands off our birth control!
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Medical professional associations should enact standards of care for intersex children that rule out medically unnecessary surgery before patients are old enough to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. After decades…
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Governments should pledge political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health to counter the United States’ “Global Gag Rule.” The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden are hosting a summit in Brussels on March 2, 2017, to strengthen…
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New York State’s legislators and governor should back a proposed law to help end child marriage in New York. In the period from 2001 to 2010, 3,850 children under the age of 18 married in New York State. Child marriage is any marriage of a person under…
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(Washington, DC, January 12, 2017) – The rise of populist leaders in the United States and Europe poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth…
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A Tunisian man formerly held in secret United States Central Intelligence Agency custody have described previously unreported methods of torture that shed new light on the earliest days of the CIA program. Lotfi al-Arabi El Gherissi, 52, recounted being…
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Thousands of United States service members, who lost their military careers after reporting a sexual assault, live with stigmatizing discharge papers that prevent them from getting jobs and benefits.  Under pressure from the public and Congress, the US…
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World Report 2016 summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2015, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the…
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World Report 2016 summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2015, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the…
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(December 1, 2015) – Obama administration claims that legal obstacles prevent criminal investigations into torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are unpersuasive, and risk leaving a legacy of torture as a policy option. Sufficient evidence…
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US military service members who report sexual assault frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished. Despite extensive reforms by the Defense Department to address sexual assault, the military has done little to hold retaliators to account or…
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Jail and prison staff throughout the United States have used unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities. Staff have broken prisoners’ jaws, noses, ribs; left them with lacerations requiring stitches, second…
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Victims of sexual assault in Washington, DC, are not getting the effective response they deserve and should expect from the district's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Sexual assault cases are too often not properly documented or investigated and…
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Victims of sexual assault in Washington, DC, are not getting the effective response they deserve and should expect from the district's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Sexual assault cases are too often not properly documented or investigated and…
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The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents. One…