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Macron Should Address Rights Abuses in Gulf Region

This week, French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with a large delegation of French ministers and major business executives. In the UAE, he will apparently be finalizing a weapons deal, when…
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State and Federal Lawmakers Should Address Structural Discrimination

To commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, the Biden administration issued a report on violence and discrimination against transgender people in the United States. The report outlines positive steps the administration is taking…
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Hospital Should Halt Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

Protesters picketed Weill-Cornell, a private institution that is part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital system, earlier this month, demanding the hospital cease medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with intersex traits, and investigate…
Demonstrators gather for an #EndIntersexSurgery protest outside Weill-Cornell hospital in New York City in August 2021. 
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Ending Early ‘Normalizing’ Interventions Signals Commitment to Rights

New York City Health & Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the United States, has instituted a policy to defer all medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children. The move is a major boost for Intersex rights following City…
People rally to end intersex surgeries in New York City, October 27, 2018. 
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Move Allows Third Option in Addition to Male or Female

The United States government announced today it will institute a third gender category on passports, allowing citizens to choose to be designated other than male or female. Currently US citizens have to choose “F” for female or “M” for male on…
A U.S. Passport cover shown on May 25, 2021, in Washington, D.C.  
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Lawmakers Should Expand Nondiscrimination Guarantees

In a highly-anticipated ruling today, the US Supreme Court sidestepped an apparent clash between religious freedom and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Although the court refrained from granting a sweeping license…
Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow speaks at a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. following the Fulton decision.
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Children and Youth Have a Right to Comprehensive Information

Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey has signed a bill that will update the US state’s sexuality education law, removing inaccurate and stigmatizing language about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Previously, Alabama state law required…
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First in the US Legislation Aims to Educate Public

Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill mandating the city’s health department to develop educational materials about how so-called “normalizing” surgeries on children born with variations in their sex characteristics are medically unnecessary…
People hold a yellow banner reading "End Intersex Surgeries" in purple writing
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Proposed New York City Law a Model for Regulation

Elected officials and local authorities across the United States and around the world should consider replicating an innovative legislative proposal that would prohibit police from arming robots used in their law enforcement operations. The bill,…
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Across the US, State Lawmakers Renew Attacks on Transgender Kids

Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming medical treatment, other than counseling, to anyone under the age of 21. Such treatment can alleviate gender dysphoria and postpone puberty to give…
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Congress Should Reject Rule, Ensure Equal Access to Health and Welfare Programs

With less than two weeks left in office, the administration of US President Donald Trump has finalized yet another rule rolling back nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people seeking the services of health…
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Commission Report Neglects Urgent Problems, Sets Dangerous Precedent

A long-awaited draft report from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights has confirmed the concerns of Human Rights Watch and dozens of other rights groups. The report busies itself with “concern” about a “proliferation…
A monitor displays the words "Commission on Unalienable Rights" behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, July 15, 2020.
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Historic Apology a Step Toward Respect for Bodily Autonomy

A children’s hospital in Chicago is the first hospital in the United States to publicly apologize for the harm it caused intersex people. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital also announced it would stop medically unnecessary “normalizing…
Intersex activist Sean Saifa Wall protests outside Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for Intersex Awareness Day on October 26, 2017.
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US Congress Should Pass the Equality Act

The Trump administration is moving ahead with a rule that would write transgender people out of sex discrimination protections in health care. While advocates fight the rule in court, transgender people will continue to face discriminatory treatment…
Transgender rights activists gather in front of the White House in Washington, DC, for a #WontBeErased rally, October 22, 2018.
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State Department Commission Threatens Women, LGBT People

The Trump administration is calling into question which internationally protected human rights the United States should recognize and respect – and it created a State Department commission to do so. On June 9, Human Rights Watch and other…
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, April 29, 2020.
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Anti-LGBT Discrimination ‘Defies the Law’

In a 6-3 ruling, the US Supreme Court today declared that federal law bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision is a major victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the…
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Arms Sales to Rights-Abusing Countries Fuel Atrocities Against Civilians

Last week, the French government published its latest report on arms exports, documenting sales and transfers throughout 2019. After Qatar, the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt received the greatest amounts, accounting for €1.4 billion and €1.0…
French-made Leclerc tanks of the Saudi-led coalition are deployed on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden during a military operation, August 3, 2015.
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Other Dangerous Crowd Control Weapons Remain in Use

This week, France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that French police would stop using the controversial GLI-F4 tear gas grenade. This move is long overdue, but doesn’t address serious concerns about other weapons…
Protester picks up a tear gas grenade during a police charge on December 8, 2019 on the Champs Elysees, Paris.
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Lawmakers Should Reject Bills Harming LGBT People, Children

Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing…
Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 2020.
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Proposed Laws Threaten Health, Rights of Trans Kids

Protecting children’s health is critical, and that means allowing doctors and their patients to decide what care is needed to keep a child physically and mentally healthy. Yet on Wednesday, lawmakers in the US state of South…
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