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Rights Champion Wrote Definitive Account of Rwandan Genocide

Ten years ago today, our beloved colleague Alison Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 traveling from Newark to her home in Buffalo. Alison had recently been in Uganda to meet with her research team that, to my great fortune,…
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DOJ Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Clinic Runs Counter to Public Health Goals

Last week, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to stop the opening of a safer injection site (SIS) in Philadelphia, claiming it violates the federal Controlled Substances Act. This misguided action not only places the health of people…
Discarded syringes in an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades, slated for cleanup along train tracks a few miles outside the heart of Philadelphia
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Hundreds of Cases of ‘Disappearances’ and Torture Reported Under al-Sisi’s Government

Instead of protecting its citizens from torture and forced disappearances, the Egyptian government prefers to criticize and attack groups calling for investigations. Human Rights Watch published evidence several weeks ago…
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Stronger Official Action Needed to Combat Asia-Pacific’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country’s 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government’s response to the HIV epidemic, the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region. The draft…
Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.
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Reversing Government Policy Failures on HIV/AIDS

The new Philippines country director of the United Nations program on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, is advocating condom use and comprehensive sexuality education as key planks in the agency’s strategy to address the country’s worsening…
New UNAIDS country director Dr. Louie Ocampo (in red and white shirt) joins HIV advocates in the Philippines.
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Abuses Linked to the Higher HIV Rates

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor those killed as a result of transphobia in the US in 2017. So far this year, at least 26 transgender men and women have died from murders that appear to have been motivated by bias, from…
An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility.
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Maladministration in Nigerian’s July 2016 Execution

The official Ombudsman of Indonesia has accused both the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Supreme Court of “maladministration” in denying a Nigerian citizen, executed for drug trafficking in July 2016, his legal rights. …
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Visit Shines Light on Government Policy Failures

The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health did something remarkable last week: he traveled to the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. Dainius Puras’ two-day trip to Papua, part of a two-week official visit, was notable…
A woman who is infected with HIV prepares her medicines in a shelter house in Jayapura of the Indonesia Papua province November 27, 2008.
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As HIV Rates Decline, Possible Budget Cuts Emerge as New Threat

Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch, the annual convening of people living with HIV and their allies in Washington, DC, to urge Congress to protect access to health care and services. This year’s event was the biggest yet, with more than 600…
AIDSWatch participants with Senator Marco Rubio, March 28, 2017, Washington DC.
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But Senate Bill Needs Strong Language Promoting Condom Use

Philippine lawmakers finally took action this week to improve the government’s response to the country’s HIV epidemic, filing a draft law to replace the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.Senate Bill 1390, if enacted, aims to improve…
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Setback for Efforts to Curb Fast-Growing HIV Epidemic

The Philippine Department of Education this week rejected a proposal to distribute condoms in public high schools. The proposal, made by the Department of Health, was an overdue response to the country’s worsening human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…
Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.
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Improved Condom Access Essential to Address HIV Epidemic

The Philippine government has restored funding to service Filipinos’ reproductive health needs, most significantly for the estimated 13.4 million women who rely on government-supplied contraceptive products. The long-overdue move…
An NGO health worker holds contraceptive pills during a family planning session with housewives availing free pills in Tondo, Manila August 6, 2012.
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Austin, Indiana Became Epicenter of Severe HIV Outbreak

It may be World AIDS Day, but the prospect of “an AIDS-free generation,” a goal articulated by US President Barack Obama, is uncertain. While new HIV infections in the United States have dropped nearly 20 percent in the past decade, African-Americans, men…
A woman shows her clean syringes at the Aids Center of Queens County needle exchange outreach center in New York, November 28, 2006.
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Attacks on Education Persist

October 9, 2016 marks 20 years since the Lord’s Resistance Army abducted 139 school girls from St. Mary’s College in Aboke, Northern Uganda. The rebels raided the Catholic girls’ boarding school, ransacking the school clinic, attempted to burn down some…
Former abducted Ugandan girls from St. Mary's College in Aboke who returned from captivity by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels walk with lit candles during a ceremony October 10, 2005 to commemorate the abduction day.
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World Lacks Data on People 50 and Older Living With HIV/ AIDS

The HIV epidemic is graying. An estimated 4.2 million people age 50 and older are living with HIV worldwide. This represents about 13 percent of all adults who live with the virus – up from just 3 to 8 percent in different regions in 1995. In sub-Saharan…
An HIV-positive 71-year-old man walks with caregivers during a visit by a home-based care team in the village of Nedwmba in the south of Zambia, February 23, 2015.
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Prisoners Most Neglected by Global HIV Response

After a period of decline, new HIV infections among adults across the globe are on the rise again. Michel Sidibe, executive director at UNAIDS, warned delegates at this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, that infection rates are…
International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa. July 2016.
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Last year, I entered a prison cell in Brazil seemingly designed to breed tuberculosis. Sixty men shared only six cement bunks. Most slept on the bare floor, some in a tangle of hammocks. The intense heat and humidity made the stench of sweat, feces, and…
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The Philippine government has taken a serious step backward in its obligation to protect maternal health, reduce infant mortality, and prevent the spread of HIV. Last week, the Philippine Congress eliminated funding in the 2016…
An NGO health worker holds contraceptive pills during a family planning session with housewives availing free pills in Tondo, Manila August 6, 2012.
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It is now widely acknowledged that after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began a global detention and interrogation program through which it tortured and abused prisoners. Yet the US government has failed to hold…
Illustration of the scales of justice replaced by two people shackled by their wrists and dangling in the air.