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Ill-treatment of Prisoners Continues Unabated

“The last time I saw my son alive, he was begging me to save him. He told me that the policemen holding him in custody beat him with a belt the entire night, forcing him to confess to the crime.” Leonard Valdaris’s son Agnelo…
Police officers in New Delhi, India in January 2016. Police in India are often accused of protecting colleagues from accountability for abuses.
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A Postmortem Report, a Special Public Prosecutor, and an Eyewitness Testimony Turned the Tide in the Case of 20-Year-Old Aniket Khicchi

Aniket Khicchi and Ratan Vani were arrested on October 26, 2013, for alleged theft and taken to the Vanrai police station in Mumbai’s Goregaon neighbourhood. Khicchi died that night. The police did not inform Khicchi’s family either of the arrest or of…
Police officers in New Delhi, India in January 2016. Police in India are often accused of protecting colleagues from accountability for abuses.
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Police Are Rarely Held Accountable for Custodial Deaths, As the Case of 22-Year-Old Altaf Shaikh Shows

“From his affidavit it appears that he has already made up his mind and has given a clean chit to the police officers,” the Bombay High Court found in October 2009 in response to an affidavit from the assistant commissioner of police of Maharashtra’s…
Copy of post-mortem report of Altaf Shaikh, September 11, 2009.
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How the Police Disregard the Laws Designed to Prevent Torture and Mistreatment in Custody

“He was crying bitterly, he was saying, ‘Daddy save me, save me. They have been beating me the whole night. They will kill me, Daddy. These policemen will kill me.’” Leonard Valdaris, father of 25-year-old Agnelo, is haunted by the last words…
Agnelo's grave.
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Summary This is what I have to say about the wounds on the body of the said accused. Since he was a hard core criminal, he refused to give any information. It was essential to get that information from him, that’s why [the police] used the “truth…
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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.
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In India, many women and girls with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are locked up in institutions against their will. Some of the institutions for those women, who have disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy to schizophrenia…
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Letter to India’s External Affairs Minister

Hon. S.M. Krishna, External Affairs Minister Ministry of External Affairs No. 163, South Block, 2260 New Delhi - 110011 India   Dear Hon. Minister Krishna…
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Many people think that tuberculosis is a disease of antiquity, eliminated decades ago by improvements in living conditions and the discovery of effective antibiotic treatment. But one-third of the world's population has been infected with TB and in 2008…
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Unbearable Pain India’s Obligation to Ensure Palliative Care Map 1: States in which Human Rights Watch conducted field research on palliative care Overview Key Recommendations Methodology A Brief …
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Sujata Rao Assistant Secretary and Director General National AIDS Control Organization Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India   Dear Ms. Sujata Rao:   Thank you for meeting with Human Rights Watch in July to…
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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…
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Future Forsaken Abuses Against Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in India Map Glossary.. I.  Summary.. II.  Background.. HIV/AIDS in India Government Bodies Responsible for HIV/AIDS-Affected Children…
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Dismantling of Homes in Goa Displaces HIV-Prevention Measures

(New York) - The unlawful forced displacement of thousands of sex workers and others from a beach community in the Indian state of Goa will drastically harm efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in the area, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 14, Goa state…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and Abuse of Girls Risks to Women and Girls in…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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April 2003                                                                                                                         Vol.15, No. 8 (A) TOGO borderline slavery Child trafficking in togo Table of Contents…
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Child labor on cocoa farms 'tip of the iceberg'

(New York, April 1, 2003) - West African governments are failing to address a rampant traffic in child labor that could worsen with the region’s growing AIDS crisis, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today. The 79-page report, “…