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Why Sex Work Should be Decriminalized

How did you find sex workers willing to talk about their work despite it being illegal in South Africa? It’s very difficult to gain sex workers’ trust without connections to people already actively supporting sex workers. For one, because their…
Sex workers wearing masks lead a march to mark International Sex Workers Rights Day in Johannesburg March 3, 2011
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How Former President Jammeh Trapped, Raped, and Sexually Exploited Women

When did you first hear that Jammeh had raped and sexually assaulted women? The first stories surfaced when Human Rights Watch Senior Counsel Reed Brody and I started collecting evidence for the “Campaign to Bring Yahya Jammeh and his Accomplices to…
Fatou “Toufah” Jallow, May 25, 2019.
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Even after five years of horror in Syria, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, the extent of atrocities in Aleppo is hitting new highs as Syrian government forces advance on the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Syria’s commercial…
Ruins of a residential house that was struck in an aerial attack, killing at least 24 civilians, on September 27, 2016.
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Although it is more than eight years since hundreds of women were brutally raped during post-election violence in Kenya, the harrowing events of 2007/8 continue to affect survivors to this day. Destitute, in ill health and often…
Nafula K.,46, was gang raped together with three other women by four men in January 2008 while at an IDP camp.
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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.
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Women make up half the population, yet in times of war, in peace talks, and in rebuilding efforts, women are rarely at the table. The issues that impact them and their families – from living safely in camps for the internally displaced to holding rapists…
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After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the US government authorized the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects in US custody. For years US officials, pointing to Department of Justice memorandums…
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The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the brutal and corrupt dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Human Rights…
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Summary The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who presides over an…
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As a candidate, Barack Obama signaled his clear intention to break with the Bush administration's abusive counterterrorism policies. Once sworn in as president, Obama immediately issued executive orders that set a course toward reform. Human Rights…
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Fact sheet issued by IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute

IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute distributed this fact sheet on why Drug Policy is an issue for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to members of the council at its March 2009 session.
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IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute issued three fact sheets on human rights and drug policy to coincide with day one of the regular session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This document outlines the key reasons why human…
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IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute issued three fact sheets on human rights and drug policy to coincide with day one of the regular session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This document outlines the key reasons why…
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Fact sheet issued by IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute

IHRA, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute released three fact sheet on human rights and drug policy on day one of the regular session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This document outlines the key reasons why international drug policy…
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An overview of multi-lateral endorsement of harm reduction policy and practice

Human Rights Watch and the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) prepared this overview of harm reduction policy and practice to help UN member states in the current negotiations over a Political Declaration that has to be adopted in March 2009…
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The newly-established United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is charged with overseeing and addressing the human rights situation around the world. Created in March 2006 the Council has 47 state members. It replaces the UN Commission on Human Rights…
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The task of the intergovernmental working group on review of mandates is wide-ranging and important. The following six key points should help guide the working group’s review: The independence of the special procedures must be respected. The…
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Human Rights Watch's Concerns

With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility. Sudan, which was re-elected to the Commission last…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…