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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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Negotiations for an international treaty to limit the use of mercury should seek to protect the health rights of artisanal gold mining communities, such as those in Bagega, Nigeria. Mercury is highly toxic that attacks the central nervous system, causing…
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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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Thousands of children in northern Nigeria need immediate medical treatment and dozens of villages remain contaminated two years into the worst lead poisoning epidemic in modern history, Human Rights Watch said today while releasing a video on the issue.…
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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.”