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New Law Would Keep 14- and 15-Year-Olds in Juvenile System

More than 1,500 children ages 15 and under have faced adult court sentences in California, including life in prison, since 2003. Children under 16 can be given adult sentences that take no account of their youth and vulnerability. They are…
Why California Should Not Prosecute 14- and 15-year-olds as Adults
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What are some of the misconceptions around being born intersex? Unfortunately, in our society we’re still at a point where most people don’t know the basic facts about being intersex. People think it is very rare, but really, up to two percent of the…
A poster by intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis
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Letter to North Carolina Senators

Human Rights Watch wrote to urge the North Carolina Senate to pass House Bill 585, which would bring all correctional and juvenile facilities in the state into compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The text of the letter is below…
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Letter to Florida Senator Greg Evers

Senator Greg Evers Chair, Senate Criminal Justice Committee 440 S. Monroe Street 412 Knott Building Tallahassee, FL 32301 Re: Senate Bill 1350 Dear Senator Evers: Human Rights Watch urges the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to oppose Senate Bill (SB…
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Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

On October 19, 2012, Human Rights Watch wrote to Governor Corbett and urged him to veto Senate Bill 850, which would maintain life without parole sentences as an option for child offenders. The text of the letter is below. -------- The Honorable Tom…
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Letter to the Editor on Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Sentence of Juvenile Life Without Parole

Re "Justices Limit Life Sentences for Juveniles" (front page, May 18): To the Editor: The Supreme Court decision on Monday to prohibit sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders who did not commit homicide is a welcome recognition of…
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Letter urging Obama to drop military commissions charges against Guantanamo detainee Khadr

President-elect Barack Obama Obama-Biden Transition Project Washington, DC 20720 Dear President-elect Obama: We write to you regarding Omar Khadr, the 22-year-old Canadian national slated to be tried by military commission at Guantanamo for…
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Letter to Michigan's Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Wayne Kuipers, Chair Senate Committee on the Judiciary P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909-7536 Fax: (517) 373-2751 December 9, 2008 Dear Chairman Kuipers and Members of the Judiciary Committee: Human Rights Watch urges Michigan's Senate…
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In support of abolishing the sentence of life without parole for children

Human Rights Watch urges Nebraska to pass Legislative Bill 843, which will abolish the sentence of life without parole for children in Nebraska. Such a sentence is not only cruel and inappropriate, but also a violation of international law; and the United…
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A2 Via Facsimile Dear Prime Minister Harper: We write regarding Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen whom the United States government has detained at Guantanamo…
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Robert M. Gates   Secretary of Defense   Department of Defense   1000 Defense Pentagon   Washington, DC 20301 Via Facsimile     Dear Secretary Gates:     We write regarding Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen whom the United States government has detained…
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