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Universal Periodic Review of South Africa

South Africa’s human rights record will be scrutinized on April 15, 2008 by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at a Universal Periodic Review Session that is likely to focus on abuses around HIV infections, sexual violence, and asylum procedures. Under…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Emerging from a history of institutionalized racial inequality, South Africa has made admirable progress in transforming the state and society to ensure respect for fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, an independent judiciary, and free…
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Human Rights Watch's March 2004 HIV/AIDS report, Deadly Delay, highlighted laws in South Africa preventing children's access to life-saving medicine and antiretroviral treatment. This month, the government expanded the definition of a caregiver or…
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[UPDATE: Following advocacy undertaken by the AIDS Law Project, Human Rights Watch and many other civil society organizations, the Children’s Act was enacted in South Africa in June 0f 2006. The act stated that any adult who demonstrated responsibility…
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In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falungong, a variant of an ancient exercise and meditation system. The government labeled Falungong an "evil cult" and began an aggressive and often violent campaign against its practitioners which continues…
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Statement by Elliot Sperling, Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies, Indiana University to the U. S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs

I am grateful to the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs for affording me this opportunity to appear before you. In addition to my academic work as a specialist in Tibetan Studies, I have also served for some time as a consultant to Human…
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Statement by Mickey Spiegel, Consultant to Human Rights Watch, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

We appreciate the opportunity to testify before this distinguished commission on the state of religious freedom in China. Beginning in 1991, Human Rights Watch issued a series of reports on freedom of religion in China and Tibet. They include Freedom of…
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Human Rights Watch urges the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, at its next annual meeting, to adopt a strong resolution censuring China for widespread violations of human rights and calling for significant improvements. A serious multilateral…