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This spring, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have prevented transgender students from using restrooms, locker rooms, and showers that match their gender identity.
 With the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South…
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Sex workers in San Francisco, Washington DC, and part of New York State can now carry condoms – protecting themselves and their clients from HIV/AIDS – without fearing that police will use the condoms as evidence of prostitution. In July, Human Rights…
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In response to a global advocacy campaign led by Human Rights Watch, the UN General Assembly held a rare revote on a resolution protecting people from extrajudicial killings. Human Rights Watch played an important role in the global advocacy that led to…
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Human Rights Watch urges the Defense Department to implement rapidly the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010." As documented in our 2003 report, "Uniform Discrimination: the ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy of the US Military," men and women who have…
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Human Rights Watch protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are subject to discrimination and violence—and sometimes even torture or execution—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for the principles…
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(London) - The ruling today by the European Court of Human Rights on the United Kingdom's detention policy for foreign terrorism suspects confirms that indefinite detention violates basic rights, Human Rights Watch said. The court ruled that the…
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After public criticism from Human Rights Watch, Guatemalan legislators dropped their efforts to pass a bill that would have barred same-sex couples and single parents and their children from being legally defined as family. Our open letter drew attention…
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Following testimony by Human Rights Watch, an immigration judge in New Jersey granted a gay Jamaican man’s request to stay in the United States under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), permitting him to remain in the country. The September 20 decision…
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On September 19, a majority of US senators voted to approve an amendment that would restore the right to habeas corpus, one of the oldest and most important checks on the arbitrary exercise of government power. Last year’s Military Commissions Act…
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On June 8, the Council of Europe released a report confirming allegations first made by Human Rights Watch in 2005 that the CIA used locations in Poland and Romania for the secret detention of terror suspects. During several years of research, we combed…
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On February 23, the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the provisions of a Canadian immigration law that enabled the government to detain foreign terrorism suspects, often for years, without charge or trial and to deport them. Human Rights…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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  For showing what sodomy laws are for: Senior Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pandey, Lucknow, India     In January 2005, Lucknow police arrested four men on charges of operating a "gay racket" on the Internet, as well as of engaging in "unnatural"…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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A report by U.N. human rights experts confirms what Human Rights Watch and other nongovernmental organizations have long documented-that the United States is violating international human rights law and the Geneva Conventions by indefinitely detaining,…
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In a new report by Human Rights Watch, United States soldiers have for the first time come forward to describe torture and other abuse by the U.S. military in Iraq, and the failure of superior officers to stop it. Human Rights Watch's report has…