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Summary In April 2019, the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, launched a major military offensive to retake Idlib governorate and surrounding areas in northwest Syria— one of the last areas controlled by anti-government armed groups. Over the next…
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 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in Russia face formidable barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights to dignity, health, education, information, and association. In Russia, antipathy towards…
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  Summary He pushed me, I fell on the floor and he kicked me in the stomach. He said it was his dream to meet a pure girl, and that I was a disappointment, not pure. He started keeping me up every night, forcing me to “tell him the truth” about men I’…
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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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Summary Since 2012, the Russian authorities have intensified a crackdown on freedom of expression, selectively casting certain kinds of criticism of the government as threats to state security and public stability and introducing significant…
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Summary Russia will host the next FIFA World Cup, from June 14 to July 15, 2018, just over four years after hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Mega-sporting events are a source of national pride for the Russian government, and it invests…
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 My life is ruined. I cannot go back. And it’s not safe here either. They have long arms and they can find me and the others anywhere in Russia, just give them time…
 − “Magomed,” victim of the anti-gay purge in…
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 Now when I think back to the war, …we were not as frightened as now. Fear of a bomb, fear of a bullet–it’s something we could live with…. But this … utter humiliation–I just cannot deal with it, I’m ashamed of myself.…
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 If you are a child living with a disability in Russia, there is a significant chance that you will not receive a quality education or even any education at all. Many of those who do receive an education are segregated from other…
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 For more than a decade, Russian security forces in Dagestan, a southern republic of the Russian Federation, have been battling an armed insurgency conducted by an array of Islamist militant groups which were until recently…
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 License to Harm
 Violence and Harassment against LGBT People and Activists

 in Russia
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 Violence and

 Harassment against LGBT People
 Government

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Map of Crimea © 2014 Human Rights Watch   Summary Human rights protections in Crimea have been severely curtailed since Russia began its occupation of the peninsula in February 2014. In the past eight months, the de facto authorities in Crimea…
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 Abandoned by the State
 Violence, Neglect, and Isolation for Children with

 Disabilities in Russian Orphanages
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 Recommendations
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 Barriers Everywhere
 
 Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in

 Russia
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 Overview
 Report Findings
 A Dated Approach
 Falling Short of the…
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 Laws of Attrition 
 Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after
 Putin’s Return to the Presidency
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 Recommendations
 To the
 Russian Government
 To
 Russia’s International…
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 “People work, they don’t get paid, and leave.

 Then a bus comes and unloads a fresh group of workers to repeat the

 cycle.” 
 
 ­—“Maxim,” a migrant worker from
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 It was a lovely summer day in 2010 when Louiza was walking
 down Putin Avenue, the main street in Grozny, chatting to a friend. The two
 young women wore light blouses with sleeves to the elbow and skirts a little
 below…
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 Meeting the
 Challenge
 Protecting
 Civilians through the Convention on Cluster Munitions
 Table of
 Acronyms
 Introduction
 Cluster
 Munitions and their Human Toll
 The
 Convention on Cluster Munitions…
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 “Who Will Tell Me What Happened to My Son?”[*]
 
 Russia’s Implementation of
 European Court of Human Rights Judgments on Chechnya
 Introduction
 A Note on
 Methodology
 The
 Experience of Applicants who have…