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Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups

(New York) – Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization’s human rights work. Fifteen international human rights…
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Ensure Law Follows Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

(New York) – A proposed law to protect the rights of transgender people in India falls short of the country’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, introduced in parliament on…
Participants hold placards during a protest demanding an end to what they say is discrimination and violence against the transgender community, in Bengaluru, India October 21, 2016.
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Provide Roadmaps for Reform Ahead of Elections

(New York) – Candidates and political parties contesting India’s parliamentary elections, slated for April and May 2019, should commit to strengthening human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter. Human Rights Watch…
Government officers distribute postal ballot papers to a election presiding officer ahead of the country's general elections in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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Upholds Rights to Privacy, Non-discrimination for LGBT People

(London)—India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the…
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Opportunity to Overturn Discriminatory Law Against LGBT People

(New York) – India’s Supreme Court agreed on February 2, 2016, to hear an appeal of its 2013 decision that upheld a discriminatory law criminalizing same-sex relations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indian government should file an affidavit with the…
LGBT rights activists in Mumbai cover themselves with a rainbow flag after the Supreme Court announced on February 2, 2016 that it would hear an appeal of its 2013 decision that upheld a discriminatory law criminalizing same-sex relations. © 2016 Reuters
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Ensure Law Meets Constitutional Guarantees, International Standards

(New York) – The Indian government should strengthen its groundbreaking bill providing legal protections for the country’s transgender population, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The Rights of…
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Enact Bill Providing Legal Gender Recognition

(New York) – India’s parliament should enact a bill ensuring better legal protections for the rights of the country’s transgender population, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today to members of parliament. The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, if…
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Court Directive Recognizes ‘Third Gender’ But Stigma Continues

(New York) – Authorities in India should fully enforce a Supreme Court ruling to protect the rights of transgender people and help end discrimination, social exclusion, and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also credibly investigate…
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Parliament Should Promptly Amend ‘Sodomy’ Law to Ensure Equality

(New York) – The ruling by India’s Supreme Court on December 11, 2013, that same-sex conduct between consenting adults remained a criminal offense is a setback for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch…
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Government Should Uphold Decision of Delhi High Court

(New York) - The ruling today by the Delhi High Court that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) can no longer be used to treat consensual homosexual conduct between adults as a criminal offense is a victory for basic rights to privacy, non-…
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As India's High Court Mulls Reform, Nations Should Repeal This Legacy

(New York) - More than half of the world's remaining "sodomy" laws -criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct -  are relics of British colonial rule, Human Rights Watch showed in a report published today. Human Rights Watch urged governments everywhere…
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Police Accused of Violence, Sexual Abuse Against 42 in Bangalore

(New York) - Indian authorities should investigate the mass arrests and ill-treatment of activists working on sexual orientation and gender-identity issues in Bangalore and punish those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today.   On October 20, 2008,…
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Entrapment, Arrests Harm AIDS Prevention Efforts

(Delhi) - New arrests of gay men in Lucknow, India—the scene of a case in 2001 that drew worldwide protests—show that India’s colonial-era sodomy law continues to threaten human rights and encourage the spread of HIV, Human Rights Watch said today in a…
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(Geneva) – The United Nations should appoint a high-level expert to monitor the impact of counter-terrorist measures on human rights, Human Rights Watch urged today. In a new report released at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch…
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(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today reiterated its call to the U.S. government to respect the fundamental rights of individuals detained in connection with investigations into the September 11 attacks. Most of those detained are from the Middle East…