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Accountability, Adequate Staffing, Home Support Needed to Protect Older People

The Australian government should immediately act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to improve rights protections for older people, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission, in its final report…
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Refugees, Health Care, and Criminal Justice Top Agenda

(Sydney) – Australia’s sweeping national security laws and police actions against journalists and whistleblowers are having a chilling effect on freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Refugee…
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Ban Use of Drugs to Control Older People with Dementia

(Sydney) – Australia’s health and aged care ministers should immediately revise an aged care regulation to prohibit chemical restraint, Human Rights Watch and Aged & Disability Advocacy Australia said today in a letter to the two ministers.…
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Ban Use of Drugs to Control Behavior of Older People with Dementia

(Sydney) – The Australian government should act on the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s report criticizing its failure to protect older people in aged care from chemical restraint and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. …
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Prohibit Chemical Restraint; Ensure Person-Centered Support

(Canberra) – Many aged care facilities in Australia routinely give older people with dementia dangerous medicines to control their behavior, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 101-page report, “‘Fading…
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End Coercive Aged Care Practices; Ensure Supportive Intervention

(Sydney) – Australia’s parliament should scrap a new rule that allows nursing homes to overmedicate and restrain older people, a group of organizations working for older people’s rights in Australia said today. On August 20, 2019 in Sydney, the…
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Uneven Social Care Assessments Limit Services, Compromise Health and Dignity

(London) – Older people in England are at risk of not getting adequate assistance to live independent, dignified lives due to uneven assessments for social services, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In doing so, the United…
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Privacy Violations in Intercepting, Retaining, Sharing Data With NSA

Human Rights Watch and three anonymous individuals filed a complaint today over surveillance by the United Kingdom. The complaint by Human Rights Watch to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) charges its rights had been violated…
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Former Liberian President Arrives in the Netherlands for War Crimes Trial

(New York) - With the transfer of Charles Taylor to The Hague for trial, the U.N.-backed war crimes court for Sierra Leone and its donors must ensure that the former Liberian president’s trial remains accessible to the people of West Africa, Human Rights…
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Court, Donors Must Make a Hague Trial Accessible to West Africans

(New York) - The British government's decision today to offer detention facilities for Charles Taylor if he is convicted removes the main obstacle to relocating the former Liberian president's trial to The Hague, Human Rights Watch said today. On March…
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Justice in Sight for Victims

(New York) – The transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone is an enormous step toward ensuring justice for atrocities in West Africa.     After disappearing on Monday evening from Calabar,…
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Liberia’s Ex-Leader Must Be Found and Sent to Trial

(Dakar) – Nigeria must immediately call for and accept international assistance to detain Charles Taylor, the indicted war criminal and former Liberian president who appears to have fled from exile in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said today. International…
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Sierra Leone Marks 15th Anniversary of Conflict

(Lagos) – Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should promptly comply with Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf’s request for former Liberian President Charles Taylor to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against Impunity said…
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Nigeria Must Hand Suspect to War Crimes Court

(New York) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took a landmark step for justice and accountability in West Africa when she formally asked Nigeria to surrender former president Charles Taylor to face trial, Human Rights Watch said today. President…
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New Liberian President Meets with Nigerian President; Justice Crucial for West Africa

(Lagos) – When Liberia’s newly elected president visits Abuja on Friday, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should announce that Nigeria will promptly surrender Charles Taylor to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against…
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Taylor’s Surrender to Special Court Critical for Justice, Rule of Law in West Africa

(Monrovia) – Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, should take prompt action to ensure that former Liberian President Charles Taylor is surrendered to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign Against Impunity said today in an open letter…
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Human Rights Watch and Other Groups Call for Accountability

(New York) – African and international civil society groups are today launching a campaign urging the African Union Assembly to demonstrate its human rights commitment when it meets in Libya next week by ensuring that Charles Taylor faces justice for the…
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Charles Taylor Not Immune from Prosecution, Child Recruitment a Punishable Crime

(New York) - A landmark ruling today by Sierra Leone's war crimes court removes any legal basis for Nigeria continuing to harbor former Liberian president Charles Taylor.      The Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled that sitting heads of state are not…
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U.N., U.S. Should Urge Nigeria to Hand Over Liberian Ex-President

(New York) - The United Nations and the United States should explicitly call on Nigeria to turn former Liberian President Charles Taylor over to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Human Rights Watch said today. On Wednesday, the Special Court will…