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Says Hostile to Privacy, Democratic Freedoms

This week, the European Union’s top court once again found that blanket data retention mandates are hostile to privacy and democratic freedoms, and incompatible with EU law. Such mandates require service providers to store data on all of the provider’s…
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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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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who will be in London next week to pitch foreign investment, is mired in political controversy at home. The corruption scandal involving the government-owned 1 Malaysia Development Berhad fund refuses to…
Malaysia's (L-R) Prime Minister Najib Razak and King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah wave Malaysian national flags during National Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2015.
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A left-wing political activist has been convicted of inciting separatism and extremist activities, the latest in a series of criminal prosecutions in Russia against people who dare speak their minds online. Unless the…
Russia's President Putin meets with representatives of Internet Initiatives Development Fund outside of Moscow, March 27, 2015.
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The Internet has been long described as an “island of freedom” in Russia’s dramatically shrinking space for free speech – the cyber inheritor of the kitchen, which was the only (relatively) safe place for debate in the Soviet era. But, alarmed by this…
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Ensure Delivery of Medical Supplies to Civilians in Rebel-Held Areas

9 March 2015 Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) 01034, Kyiv-34, Volodymyrska St., 35 (044) 279-30-40pressinfo@ssu.gov.ua Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 01008, Kyiv, Grushevskogo str., 12/2press@yatsenyuk.org.ua Ministry of…
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Today Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publisher, begins his third year confined in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He fled there, receiving political asylum, when Sweden sought his extradition to answer sexual assault allegations. Although both Assange…
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On Police Harassment of Drug Dependence Patients, Providers, and Organizations

Dear President Yanukovych, We write to express our deep concern regarding ongoing harassment by state prosecutors and law enforcement targeting substance abuse treatment patients, care providers, and HIV organizations throughout Ukraine.  We urge you…
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Letter to President Yushchenko Opposing Proposed Drug Reclassification

Dear President Yushchenko: We write to express our deep concern about proposed amendments to Ukraine's drug classification tables, which would revise the standards for criminal possession of illicit drugs to criminalize the possession of very small…
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Letter to Prime Minister Timoshenko opposing anti-methadone proposal

We write to express our deep concern about recent reports that the Cabinet of Ministers has proposed amending the list of scheduled drugs to reclassify methadone as a prohibited narcotic substance, thus barring its use for therapeutic purposes. This…