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In February and March 2014, Russia will host the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the city of Sochi. With the awarding of the Olympics, Sochi has undergone a transformation that will turn it into what Russian officials describe as a “premier winter…
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Although people with disabilities in Russia have seen improvements since the end of the Soviet era, they remain largely cut off from society. Public attitudes and a lack of legal protections create barriers to equality that prevent them from fully…
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The last protest in Moscow before the March 4 presidential vote was held on February 26, 2012. The organizers urged all supporters of free and fair elections to wear white ribbons and form a chain along the sidewalks of the Garden Ring, the main road…
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Its one of the best changes in Russia since the Soviet Union collapsed twenty years ago: the emergence of a small but vibrant civil society. To mark the historic anniversary of the fall of Communism, Human Rights Watch dispatched the renowned celebrity…
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On December 10, 2011, over 50,000 people assembled for a protest rally in central Moscow, just a bridge away from the Kremlin. The scope of this demonstration was unprecedented for “Putin’s Russia.”
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Kurdistan regional government officials and security forces are carrying out a growing assault on the freedom of journalists to work in Iraqi Kurdistan.
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It was never easy to be gay of lesbian in Burundi. But now it's illegal. The country’s new criminal code makes same sex relations a crime for the first time in the country’s history. Human rights Watch interviewed members of Burundi’s LGBT community after…