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Prompted by a seemingly endless string of stories about suicides by people suffering from cancer pain, the Russian government has finally been pressured into acting - by barring the media from reporting on the issue. The story begins with a February 20…
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The discourse about exodus is prominent on Russian social media these days. Well-to-do urban professionals in their thirties and forties are heatedly discussing the need to “get the hell out.” Don’t get me wrong – most aren’t literally packing up their…
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Ahead of Paralympics, Millions Face Discrimination

(Moscow) – Millions of people with disabilities in Russiacontinue to face significant barriers to participation in society. In 177 days, Russia will host the March 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi. The 118-page report, “Barriers Everywhere…
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Access to Oral Morphine Will Improve End-of-Life Care

(New York) – Ukraine’s recent registration of oral morphine, a strong pain medication used most frequently to treat severe cancer pain, is a major step toward improving end-of-life care, Human Rights Watch said today. The registration, on…
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Move is an Assault on Freedom of Expression

(Moscow) – The Russian government’s anti-drugs agency has ordered the blocking of the website of a public health organization, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, for discussing the addiction medicine methadone, human rights groups said today. The move is an…
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When I went to college, I chose a highly regarded university with a strong tradition as a Jesuit institution. I was pleased with my undergraduate education at Boston College, but I still lament that my alma mater denies students access to contraceptive…
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Your Excellency, In advance of the 15th African Union Summit, scheduled for July 19-27, 2010 in Kampala, we are writing to draw your attention to a few of Africa's most pressing human rights concerns and to provide input into some of the discussions…
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Protection of Migrants’ Rights in 2009

SummaryKey RecommendationsWomen Migrant Domestic WorkersMigrant Construction WorkersRight to HealthDiscriminatory Treatment of MigrantsTreatment of Migrants Crossing Borders2009 Human Rights Watch Reports on Migrants Summary Migrants drowning at sea…
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Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in…
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The plight of children in Kenya who fall prey to HIV/Aids

20-month-old Daniel is sitting on his grandmother’s lap in a small house in Nyangoma village, Western Kenya. His body is periodically shaken by a violent cough, and he looks tired and weak. Daniel (not his real name) is HIV-positive and suspected to…
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"They broke into the house and I panicked and ran and took shelter under the bed," said 15-year-old Malka (not her real name), describing the day the Somali Transitional Government forces came to her house. "I came out from under the bed and tried to…
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Protect Medical Facilities and Aid Workers

(New York) - Ethiopian troops and insurgents have violated the laws of war in killing and wounding dozens of civilians in new clashes in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said today. Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the city…
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Rehabilitation Required Russia's Human Rights Obligation to Provide Evidence-based Drug Dependence Treatment I. Summary and Recommendations Methods II. Background Illicit Drug Use and Drug Policy…
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Injection Drug Users, Deprived of Best Remedies, Left to Own Devices

Russian health policies are failing to adequately treat drug addiction, compounding the country’s serious illicit drug use and drug dependence problem and further putting drug users at increased risk for other serious diseases, Human Rights Watch said in…
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Who would not want to see some silver lining to the case of Andrei Sychyov, the conscript who recently lost both his legs due to vicious beatings inflicted on him by older conscripts? There might be one — but only if this tragedy finally spurs the Russian…
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Humanitarian Action Helps Drug users, Street Children

A ground-breaking HIV/AIDS organization, Humanitarian Action Fund, has shown that providing outreach and care to Russia’s most marginalized populations is the best way to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal…
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U.N. Urged to Review Privations of First-Year Conscripts

Conscript soldiers in Russia performing their first year of compulsory military service are routinely denied adequate food and access to medical care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The average Russian soldier is sick and hungry,”…
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TO SERVE WITHOUT HEALTH? Inadequate Nutrition and Health Care in the Russian Armed Forces EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS BACKGROUND... Russia's Health Crisis Human Rights and the Armed Forces THE…
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(New York) — Trade ministers at the upcoming WTO summit in Doha, Qatar should abandon threats of sanctions against countries trying to obtain medicines for health emergencies such as HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said today. The WTO summit will take place…