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Ensure Due Process; Investigate Torture, Liberty Violations

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has…
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Summary I have no hope of getting justice in this crooked system. —Umar Daraz, Karachi, January 2016 How do you expect us to recover stolen items from hardened criminals? Do you think they will agree if we say, ‘Be nice to us and return…
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Prisoners Most Neglected by Global HIV Response

After a period of decline, new HIV infections among adults across the globe are on the rise again. Michel Sidibe, executive director at UNAIDS, warned delegates at this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, that infection rates are…
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All Sides Should Ensure Delivery of Aid to Civilians in Rebel-Held Areas

(Berlin) – Travel restrictions imposed by the government of Ukraine have contributed to serious delays in the delivery of humanitarian aid, particularly medicines and medical equipment, to civilians in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, Human…
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Ensure Delivery of Medical Supplies to Civilians in Rebel-Held Areas

9 March 2015 Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) 01034, Kyiv-34, Volodymyrska St., 35 (044) 279-30-40pressinfo@ssu.gov.ua Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 01008, Kyiv, Grushevskogo str., 12/2press@yatsenyuk.org.ua Ministry of…
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week recognized the enormity of the country’s problem of enforced disappearances with a simple directive: identify the bodies. On February 10, the Supreme Court asked federal and provincial governments to ensure that “…
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“We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years” Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan Map of Balochistan Summary Key Recommendations Methodology      Background: Conflict and Abuses in…
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On Police Harassment of Drug Dependence Patients, Providers, and Organizations

Dear President Yanukovych, We write to express our deep concern regarding ongoing harassment by state prosecutors and law enforcement targeting substance abuse treatment patients, care providers, and HIV organizations throughout Ukraine.  We urge you…
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In eastern Europe's HIV epidemic Ukraine was a bright spot; now doctors offering methadone are being arrested for trafficking

Thousands of people will be in Vienna this week for the 18th International Aids Conference. The theme is human rights, and the focus will be on eastern Europe. That's fitting, because poor health policies and on-going human rights abuses continue to fuel…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Summary Ongoing human rights concerns in Pakistan include arbitrary detention (including of lawyers and human rights defenders); lack of fair trials; mistreatment, torture and enforced disappearances of terrorism suspects and political opponents;…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch’s key concerns with Ukraine’s compliance with its international obligations in the context of four areas that have been the focus of Human Rights Watch’s work in recent years – human rights abuses fueling the…
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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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Three Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Information about ‘Ghost’ Detention

(New York) – In the most comprehensive accounting to date, six leading human rights organizations today published the names and details of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret US custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. The…
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Rhetoric and Risk Human Rights Abuses Impeding Ukraine's Fight against HIV/AIDS Glossary of Key Terms I. Summary II. Key Recommendations To the Government of Ukraine On HIV/AIDS On …
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List of Detainees Published by Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The United States is holding at least twenty-six persons as “ghost detainees” at undisclosed locations outside of the United States, Human Rights Watch said today, as it released a list naming some of the detainees. The detainees are being…
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List of Detainees Published by Human Rights Watch

The following is a list of persons believed to be in U.S. custody as "ghost detainees" -- detainees who are not given any legal rights or access to counsel, and who are likely not reported to or seen by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The…
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Letter to President Yushchenko Opposing Proposed Drug Reclassification

Dear President Yushchenko: We write to express our deep concern about proposed amendments to Ukraine's drug classification tables, which would revise the standards for criminal possession of illicit drugs to criminalize the possession of very small…
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Letter to Prime Minister Timoshenko opposing anti-methadone proposal

We write to express our deep concern about recent reports that the Cabinet of Ministers has proposed amending the list of scheduled drugs to reclassify methadone as a prohibited narcotic substance, thus barring its use for therapeutic purposes. This…