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Forcing Parental Involvement in Abortion Violates Rights

A law in the US state of Illinois that forces people under 18 to involve an adult family member in their abortion decision is failing some of the state’s young people and violating their human rights. In a new joint report with the American Civil…
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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…
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April 13, 2015 Mr. Douglas Brooks Director, Office of National AIDS Policy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20500   Dear Director Brooks, We write today, representing 14 organizations to urge the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) to sharpen…
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November 15, 2013 Dear Senator: The undersigned human rights and civil liberties groups strongly urge you to support the Guantanamo Bay detainee transfer provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal…
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President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC, 20500 Re: Concern about hunger strike and stalled efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Dear President Obama…
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Council of the District of Columbia

To The Honorable Members of the Council of the District of Columbia, Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this written testimony in opposition to Bill 19-567 that would extend and permit permanent Prostitution-Free Zones (PFZ) in the District of…
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Interference with Women’s Decisions at Odds with Human Rights and Legislation’s Intentions

  Dear Senator,  As you deliberate upon the health care reform bill, we write to urge you to reject provisions that would effectively obstruct access to insurance coverage for abortion and interfere with the ability of women in the United States to…
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Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Arnold: We are writing to urge your support for AB 1017, which requires law enforcement agencies in California to report statistics regarding rape kits-including the number…