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Provide Essential Medical Supplies; Urge India to Free Rights Defenders, Address Abuses

(Brussels) – European leaders at the May 8, 2021 summit with their Indian counterparts should prioritize the deteriorating human rights situation in India, including the right to health, eight organizations said today. With a devastating Covid-19…
People suffering from breathing problems receive free oxygen support at a gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Delhi, India.

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan Should Allow Free Flow of Information

(Geneva) – The World Health Organization (WHO) should press four governments that have shut down the internet to minority populations during the Covid-19 crisis to restore internet access, Human Rights Watch and 47 other organizations…
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Ensure All Have Access to Food, Health Care

(New York) – Indian authorities need to urgently adopt measures to protect the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people if COVID-19 containment and relief measures prove inadequate, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 24…
Migrant workers make the journey to their villages on foot following a lockdown amid concern of the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India, March 27, 2020.

Investigate Alleged Use of Excessive Force

(New York) – Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state should conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the police shooting of protesters against a copper plant that left at least 12 dead and 80 injured, Human Rights Watch said…
People shout slogans outisde the Tamil Nadu House during a protest, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi

Abusive Officer Rewarded in Kashmir

(New York) – The Indian army’s rewarding of an officer for actions that included serious human rights violations undermines accountability and the stature of the military, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2017, Maj. Nitin Leetul…
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Prosecute Assailants, Protect Targeted Minorities

(New York) – Indian authorities should promptly investigate and prosecute self-appointed “cow protectors” who have committed brutal attacks against Muslims and Dalits over rumors that they sold, bought, or killed cows for beef, Human…
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Enforce Laws to End Torture, Deaths of Detainees

(New York) – Police in India often bypass arrest procedures and torture suspects in custody to death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At least 591 people died in police custody in India between 2010 and 2015, according to official data…
Police officers in New Delhi, India in January 2016. Police in India are often accused of protecting colleagues from accountability for abuses.

Amendments to Drug Act Simplify Access to Pain Medicines

Millions of Indians suffering chronic pain will get better access to pain medicines following changes in India’s drug law, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 21, 2014, the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, approved amendments to the…

Grievance Redress Procedures for Health Top Priority

(New York) - Indian authorities should drop criminal proceedings against peaceful protesters who sought accountability for maternal deaths in a public hospital in Madhya Pradesh state, Human Rights Watch said today. District officials cracked down on…

UN Agencies Debunk Delhi’s Claims; Government Should Address Disparities

(New York) - New United Nations global maternal mortality estimates contradict the Indian government's claim that it is "on track" to meeting UN goals for reducing maternal mortality, Human Rights Watch said today. An assessment by the World Health…

People’s Voice Prize to Human Rights Watch and Magnum

(New York) - A video about the life and death of an Indian mother won a Webby People's Voice Award, Human Rights Watch said today. The story of Kiran Yadav, a 25-year-old who bled to death while delivering her third child, was produced by Human Rights…

Vote Online for Human Rights Watch and Magnum

(New York) - A video telling the story of Kiran Yadav, an Indian woman who died needlessly in childbirth, has been nominated for a prestigious Webby award, Human Rights Watch said today. The video, produced by Human Rights Watch with award-winning Magnum…

Inaction Perpetuates Unnecessary Suffering

(Tiruchirapalli) - India's government should act urgently to ensure access to pain medications, Human Rights Watch said ahead of a national conference on palliative care in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of thousands of Indian patients…

With Highest Number of Deaths Worldwide, New Delhi Uses Misleading Progress Measures

(New York) - India is falling behind other countries in meeting international commitments to improve obstetric care because it does not adequately monitor deaths and injuries in the critical period following childbirth and fix gaps in its health system…

Government Inaction, Restrictive Regulations Condemn Hundreds of Thousands to Unbearable Suffering

(New Delhi) - Hundreds of thousands of patients in India unnecessarily experience excruciating pain, Human Rights Watch said in a report today. Restrictive drug regulations, lack of training for health care workers, and poorly integrated care result in…

Despite National Commitment, Many Unable to Access Services

(Lucknow, India) - Tens of thousands of Indian women and girls are dying during pregnancy, in childbirth, and in the weeks after giving birth, despite government programs guaranteeing free obstetric health care, Human Rights Watch said in a report…

Andhra Pradesh Should Not Punish Families That Fled Violence

(Hyderabad) - Andhra Pradesh should protect and assist thousands of families who have fled the conflict in neighboring Chhattisgarh, Human Rights Watch said today. State officials should act immediately to end the government’s discrimination against the…

India, ASEAN Also Need to Push Generals to Accept International Help

(New York) - China, India, Thailand and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work to convince Burma’s government to lift restrictions on international assistance so aid can reach survivors of Cyclone Nargis, Human…

WHO, UNAIDS Policies Must Link Testing to Consent, Counseling and Treatment

(New York) - As HIV tests have become cheaper and more widely available, an increasing number of countries are supporting standalone HIV testing programs that are coercive or discriminatory, fail to ensure confidentiality, and do not provide access to…

Letter from the Affordable Medicines Treatment Campaign to India’s National Human Rights Commission

In a letter to India’s National Human Rights Commission, the Affordable Medicines Treatment Campaign points out several ways in which proposed amendments to India’s Patent Act go beyond the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of…