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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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Created in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gangrape, the Nirbhaya Fund remains underused and the centres lack resources.

“Rape victims don’t really come here,” a woman counsellor from the non-governmental organisation tasked with running the one stop centre in Jaipur said. “They go to the hospital that is connected to the police station where they registered a…
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Only nine states have adopted the 2014 guidelines on medico-legal care for survivors of sexual violence.

"The doctor said to my daughter ‘If they had forced themselves on you, there should have been marks on your body – but you don’t have any. You must have done this of your own free will.’” Palak’s mother said that her daughter, already…
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Uneven Progress in 5 Years Since Delhi Gang Rape

(New York) – Rape survivors in India face significant barriers to obtaining justice and critical support services, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Legal and other reforms adopted since the gang rape and murder of a…
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Despite reforms after 2012 Delhi gang rape, India’s police continue to let down survivors of sexual violence.

“The police beat me up, detained my father, and threatened to lock him up under false charges if I didn’t tell the magistrate that I had filed a false complaint of rape, so I did as they said,” Kajal said of her ordeal after she reported…
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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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“It is not actually snooping.” This was the Indian foreign minister’s response to the U.S. mass surveillance programs that also targeted India. One year ago, Edward Snowden released data revealing that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on the…
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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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(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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The $100 million that Bill Gates' philanthropy will add to the battle against HIV and AIDS in India is a welcome expression of concern for what Gates rightly portrays as one of the worst epidemics in the world. But the Gates Foundation's generous support…
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Rising Violence Against AIDS-Affected People

(New York) — A rising tide of violence against people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India threatens to undermine the generosity of international donors, Human Rights Watch said today. The U.S.-based Gates Foundation this week announced a $100…
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Meena Seshu Fights to Stem Escalating Epidemic in India

(New York) — On November 13, Human Rights Watch will give its highest recognition to Meena Saraswathi Seshu, an activist whose courageous work in southern India has helped women in prostitution and others at high risk of HIV/AIDS to combat abuse and…
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Widespread police harassment of HIV/AIDS outreach workers in India, especially those working with women in prostitution and men who have sex with men, is undermining efforts to contain one of the worst epidemics in the…