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Use September 7 Meeting to Address Arbitrary Detentions, Disappearances, Abductions

(Beirut) – The Astana working group on detentions and abductions in the Syrian conflict should take immediate steps to address the Syrian government’s arbitrary detentions, torture of detainees, and enforced disappearances, 11 human…
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. © 2018 Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP
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Summary The mayor said, “All thieves must be killed.” He said it was an order. −Witness to the execution of Fulgence Rukundo on December 6, 2016 Rwandan security forces summarily executed at least…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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Compulsory HIV Testing, Sterilization of Disabled Violate Rights

(New York) - The Rwandan Parliament should remove provisions in a draft law that would mandate compulsory HIV testing and require the sterilization of all individuals with intellectual disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. The organization said…
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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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(New York) - President George W. Bush’s praise for US efforts against HIV/AIDS in Africa should not obscure how his administration’s policies continue to undermine HIV prevention on the continent and globally, Human Rights Watch said today. During his…
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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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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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Unconfirmed reports by Russian and foreign media indicate that a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Ruslan Odizhev, was killed in a police raid this morning in Nalchik, capital of the Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Odizhev was on a federal wanted list…
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Governments Must Respect Rights to Advance AIDS Fight

Twenty-five years after AIDS was first identified, programs to fight the disease continue to be undermined by conservative ideologies and moralistic approaches, Human Rights Watch said ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. “The most effective approaches…
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Positively Abandoned Stigma and Discrimination against HIV-Positive Mothers and their Children in Russia Summary Recommendations Methods Background Stigma of Revealing Diagnosis Prospect of Parenthood Investigation I: HIV-Positive Women and…
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Letter to the Chairman of the State Duma

We write to express our deep concern about the possible repeal of a recent revision to the Russian penal code decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of narcotic drugs. This revision, enacted May 12, 2004, marked a watershed for Russian drug…
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Reforms have been crucial to Russia's fight against HIV/AIDS

We write to express our deep concern about the possible repeal of a recent revision to the Russian penal code decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of narcotic drugs. This revision, enacted May 12, 2004, marked a watershed for Russian drug…
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Growing Trend Defies International Law

Governments in Europe and North America are increasingly sending suspects to abusive states on the basis of flimsy “diplomatic assurances” that expose the detainees to serious risk of torture and ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a new report…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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(New York) - Tens of thousands of Rwandan women were raped during the genocide and in the decade since, but only a few perpetrators of sexual violence have been prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 58-page report, "…