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(New York) – South Asian governments should disregard populist death penalty rhetoric and listen to their own experts to prevent and end sexual violence against women, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. Experts on sexual violence from…
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(New York, October 14, 2020) – The Indian government’s failure to properly enforce its sexual harassment law leaves millions of women in the workplace exposed to abuse without remedy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government…
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(New York, August 4, 2020) – Indian authorities continue to impose harsh and discriminatory restrictions on Muslim-majority areas in Jammu and Kashmir, one year after the revocation of the state’s constitutional status on August 5, 2019, Human Rights…
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The Indian government should ensure that rights are protected after lifting some restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir State. The government announced that it had partially restored landline connections, reopened schools, and withdrawn the ban on large…
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India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the world’s second most populous…
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This is a guide for people with disabilities. In India, if you experience sexual abuse (bad touch) or rape, the police, hospital, and courts are supposed to help you. These are your rights. It is wrong for someone to touch you when you don’t want them to…
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Women and girls with disabilities in India who survive sexual violence face high barriers to access the justice system, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. Five years ago, the government adopted significant legal reforms for sexual violence…
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On May 30, 2016, former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, including sexual violence and rape, by the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese court system and sentenced to life in…
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Rape survivors in India face significant barriers to obtaining justice and critical support services. Legal and other reforms adopted since the gang rape and murder of a student, Jyoti Singh Pandey, in Delhi in December 2012 have not been fully realized…
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Efforts to bring those responsible for atrocities in Syria before European courts are starting to bear fruit, notably in Swedish and German courts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While various authorities in Europe have opened…
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The Indian authorities routinely use vaguely worded, overly broad laws as political tools to silence and harass critics. The government should repeal or amend laws that are used to criminalize peaceful expression. India’s Constitution protects the right…
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The former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré's trial is taking place in Senegal. Habré’s trial, which began on July 20, 2015, was the first in the world in which the courts of one country prosecuted the former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes…
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(Dakar, July 24, 2015) – Human Rights Watch today released a short [video], “Act 1 of the Hissène Habré trial”  with clips of the first two days of the trial of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, in Dakar, Senegal.  The video shows…
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The trial of Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré is a victory for the victims of his government. The trial will begin on July 20, 2015, almost 25 years after he was overthrown.  “The opening of Hissène Habré’s trial, 25 years after he fled Chad, is a…
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Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, physical and sexual violence, and involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy without consent. As one woman put…
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The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice. The government should implement existing…
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School authorities in India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education. Four years after an ambitious education law went into effect in India, guaranteeing free schooling to every child…
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The inauguration of a special court in Senegal marks a turning point in the long campaign to bring to justice the former dictator of Chad Hissène Habré. Habré is accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture during his presidency, from…