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Summary [The gender recognition law] is definitely a system that is wrecking [transgender] people’s dignity as a human being. —Saburo N., a transgender man, Kanagawa Prefecture, September 2018 Despite increasingly vocal domestic and…
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Summary I was hit so many times, I can’t count ... we were all called to the coach and I was hit in the face in front of everyone. I was bleeding, but he did not stop hitting me. I did say that my nose was bleeding, but he did not stop. — Daiki…
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Summary Mikheil, a miner for 35 years, died along with three other miners on July 16, 2018, in an underground explosion in the Tkibuli coal mine, in Imereti, Georgia. He was 54 years old and left behind his wife and his son, also a miner. Mikheil’s…
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  Summary The procedure in Japan for changing an individual’s legal gender is regressive and harmful. It rests on an outdated and pejorative notion that a transgender identity is a mental health condition, and requires…
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  Summary In February 2016, a 23-year-old musician and DJ, Kote Japaridze and two of his friends acquired two grams of MDMA, a recreational synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen, producing distortions in…
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Summary Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything. —Peter, Dominica,…
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Summary Since 2011, violence in Syria has forcibly displaced at least 1.6 million school-age children to other countries in the region. Before the conflict, more than 90 percent of Syrian children attended primary school and 70 percent…
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Summary “In the world there are some weird people,” my high school health teacher said to introduce the lesson. Then she said sex between boys was the main cause of AIDS so we should stay away from homosexuals. That was the only…
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Without Dreams Children in Alternative Care in Japan Glossary of Terms Map of Japan Summary Key Recommendations Methodology I. Japan’s…
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Administrative Error Georgia’s Flawed System for Administrative Detention Summary Key Recommendations To the Government of Georgia Methodology I. Background…
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Map of Gali District © Human Rights Watch 2011 This map is for reference only and does not imply political endorsement of its content. Summary Almost 18 years after a cease-fire ended the…
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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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  Acronyms CCW   Convention on Conventional Weapons DPICM   Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition ERW   Explosive remnants of war GPS   Global positioning system…
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Map of South Ossetia Executive Summary Overview The armed conflict over South Ossetia lasted one week in August 2008 and will have consequences for lifetimes and beyond. The conflict and its aftermath have seen lives, livelihoods, homes, and…
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Crossing the Line Georgia's Violent Dispersal of Protestors and Raid on Imedi Television Summary Sequence of Events Accountability for the Excessive Use of Force.. Methodology Background The…
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Summary In October and November 2006, Russian authorities detained thousands of Georgians and expelled more than 2,300 of them to Georgia, including many Georgians residing legally in Russia. Russian authorities denied…
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Undue Punishment Abuses against Prisoners in Georgia Summary Background The Georgian Prison System... Organized Crime in Georgia Organized Crime in the Georgian Penitentiary System... Government Efforts to Combat Organized Crime…