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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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Suspects at Risk of Ill-Treatment

(New York) – Chinese authorities should credibly and impartially investigate an explosion in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and ensure due process rights for suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 10, 2016, a local police chief…
Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014.
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(New York) – The Chinese government should release laboratory results and ensure access to appropriate treatment for imprisoned human rights activist Hu Jia, Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights said in a letter sent to President Hu Jintao…
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Harassment and Imprisonment of Drug Users Weaken Treatment Programs

(New York) - China's response to the HIV epidemic is being undermined by the police and public security forces, which are driving drug users away from community-based prevention services and denying them access to HIV treatment, Human Rights Watch said in…
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Respect Rights to Life, Health of Drug Users to Stem Rising HIV Epidemics

(New York) - The United Nations should ensure that policies to control illicit drugs do not impede access to lifesaving HIV services, a group of public health and rights organizations said today in a joint letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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China Should Fulfill Promises Made to Global Fund, Respect Rights

(Abuja) - China should focus its efforts on stopping HIV transmission, not on limiting the freedom of movement, expression and speech of people living with HIV, said Human Rights Watch today at a global meeting of AIDS activists gathered in Abuja, Nigeria…
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International Groups, Global Leaders Press UNAIDS to Convene NGO Meeting

(New York/Toronto) - The United Nations AIDS Program should support Chinese AIDS activists, who face increased government surveillance and intimidation, in their efforts to openly meet and discuss AIDS, human rights and access to legal services, 27 human…
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HIV/AIDS Meetings Disrupted, Offices Shuttered, Advocates Targeted

(New York) - The Chinese government’s ongoing harassment of HIV/AIDS activists and intensified surveillance of AIDS support groups raise serious questions about its commitment to combating the illness, Human Rights Watch said today. Over the past three…
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Human Rights Abuses Shadow Countdown to 2008 Beijing Games

(New York) - China’s dire human rights record and a renewed crackdown on media freedom may spoil the government’s hopes of a successful “coming out party” at the Beijing Olympics, which begin in a year, Human Rights Watch said today. A year before the…
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House Arrest, Travel Ban Arbitrarily Imposed on Couple Without Formal Charges

(New York) - The Chinese government should immediately lift the house arrest and travel restrictions imposed on Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan, a prominent husband-and-wife team of human rights activists arrested on Friday, Human Rights Watch said today. Hu and…
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Conference Must Promote Rights-Based Response to HIV Pandemic

(Toronto) – Ongoing rights abuses are undermining efforts to fight the HIV pandemic and threatening the few, hard-won successes, Human Rights Watch said today, a month before the XVI International AIDS Conference opens in Toronto. "Twenty-five years into…
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National People’s Congress Must Hear Victims’ Stories

(New York) - By imposing house arrest on potential petitioners to the National People’s Congress, the Chinese authorities are preventing people living with HIV/AIDS from seeking redress for a government blood sales scheme that left hundreds of thousands…
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Government Persecutes Civil Society Groups That Address HIV/AIDS

(New York) – In shutting down Beijing’s first-ever gay and lesbian cultural festival, the Chinese government violated basic freedoms and persecuted activists who are addressing the country’s burgeoning AIDS crisis, Human Rights Watch and the Canadian HIV/…
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(New York) -- Chinese Vice-Premier and Minister of Health Wu Yi should do more to address abuses against persons living with HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said today. The Vice-Premier is visiting Washington D.C. this week for meetings on trade and commerce…
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Poor to Gain Treatment Access as High-Risk Groups Face Crackdown

(New York) - China's decision to provide HIV/AIDS medicines to the poor is a major breakthrough, but it could be undermined by a threatened crackdown on high-risk groups and continued discrimination by hospitals and clinics, Human Rights Watch said today…
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(New York) -- China should immediately release a health official convicted for circulating a restricted government report on the Henan blood scandal, Human Rights Watch said today. The report blamed national authorities for the spread of HIV to villagers…
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Investigation Urged into Blood Infection Scandal

(Hong Kong) -- Widespread discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS is fueling the spread of the epidemic in China, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today. en Français Many people living with HIV/AIDS have no access to health care…
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New Party Leaders Should Push for National Legislation

(New York) — A new Suzhou city law protecting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is an important first step toward combating widespread discrimination in China, Human Rights Watch said today. Suzhou, a city of one million in Jiangsu…
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But HIV/AIDS Information Still Restricted

(New York) — The release of detained AIDS activist Wan Yanhai is a positive step, Human Rights Watch said today. But it is urgent that Beijing open flows of information about AIDS in China, the organization said. Dr. Wan is the founder of one of China's…