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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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65,000 people currently deprived of right to vote

  Last week, France delivered some good news on the human rights and equality front: All people with disabilities are to be granted the right to vote. Currently Article 5 of  France’s Electoral Code…
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Human rights do not end at prison gates or at the doors of psychiatric hospitals. But prisoners with psychosocial disabilities (mental health conditions) can face added punishment – the suffering caused by lack of adequate health care and exacerbated by…
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Over the last week, Europeans voted in their representatives to the European Parliament, the European Union’s only directly elected body. Although the European elections should have been a massive exercise in democracy with 400 million people eligible to…
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Parliament Should Ensure Fair Trial Rights for All Suspects

(Paris) - The National Assembly should amend a bill to reform police custody procedures in France to improve safeguards and to ensure that they apply to all detained suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. The Assembly is scheduled to begin debate on the…
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Letter to the French government regarding findings of international human rights mechanisms on counterterrorism policies

Dear Ministers Dati and Alliot-Marie,     We are writing to call your attention to the conclusions of two recent reviews of France's human rights record by authoritative international human rights bodies. In July, the United Nations Human Rights…
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Report Stresses Further Need to Investigate Secret Detention and Rendition to Torture

A new report by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on illegal CIA activity in Europe is a powerful indictment of European governments’ complicity in CIA abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. “The report shows how European governments acted as…
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Council of Europe Rejects Minimum Standards for Diplomatic Assurances

A Council of Europe expert group has rightly decided not to develop guidelines for the acceptable use of diplomatic assurances to justify sending people to places where they are at risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. “We welcome this decision…