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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about.  Trump…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.
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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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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…
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Success stories about combating HIV/AIDS in Asia are hard to come by. The United Nations continues to sound a warning that AIDS in Asia may even dwarf the calamity the disease inflicted on Africa unless governments step up their responses. AIDS experts in…
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BOMBAY If the international conference on AIDS in Barcelona this week wants to see how a country can spread AIDS from "high-risk groups" into the general population, it should look at the recipe in India. The first ingredient: Be sure that sex workers,…
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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…
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(New York) - In a report released today, Human Rights Watch, the New York-based human rights organization, charged that women and girls trafficked from Nepal into India for the purpose of prostitution are kept in conditions tantamount to slavery. Held in…