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The day Julija was born should have been a day of celebration for Jasmina and Ivica Čuković, a Serbian couple, who had tried for years to have a baby. But the events following their daughter’s birth in a public hospital in Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, left…
Julija Čuković, who spent ten months of her life in an institution, at home in Kragujevac with her parents, where she enjoys to play with her younger sister, also in the photo. © 2016 Zoran Stamenković
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  Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (“the Committee”) for its Day of General Discussion on the right to education for persons with disabilities. Human Rights Watch…
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Despite Russia’s January cold, hundreds of people packed the central square in Voronezh, an eight hour drive south of Moscow, for the planned LGBT rights protest. When Andrey Nasonov arrived, he saw a bus of riot police and several police cars, and…
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Seven year-old Nika brims over with life, dancing and singing her way around the kitchen of her family’s home outside Moscow. All smiles, she pauses to tell a visitor about the ballerinas she saw perform at a recent Christmas show, recites bits of poetry…
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Russia to Host the Paralympics, But Millions With Disabilities Face Discrimination

For many 19 year olds, the world is a place of growing possibilities and increasing independence. Not for Nikolai Titkov.  Thin and pale, he spends nearly all day, every day, in bed. Pushed against a wall in his narrow bedroom, the bed is a jumble of…
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Drop Administrative Charges and Ensure The Right To Freedom of Assembly

July 10, 2013 Update On July 10, 2013 the Dzerzhinsky District Court of Saint Petersburg dropped administrative charges against several of the demonstrators detained on June 29. Charges against Yuri Gavrikov, the head of the LGBT organization “Equality,"…
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The President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Boris Tadic People's Office of the President Masarikova 5/VI 11000 Belgrade Serbia Via Fax +381 11 3620 676 Dear Mr. President, I write to you to express concern that persistent homophobia in Serbian…
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The Vice Prime Minister for European Integration Mr. Bozidar Delic Republic of Serbia Dear Vice Prime-Minister Delic, I write you on behalf of Human Rights Watch. An international nongovernmental organization based in New York with offices around the…
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HRW Letter to Mayor Luzhkov

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to urge a full investigation into violent protests against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who were attempting to gather in two nightclubs over the weekend of May 1. On behalf of Human Rights…
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Letter from Human Rights Watch to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to protest your threat to ban Russia’s first gay pride parade, scheduled to be held in Moscow on May 27, 2006. Prohibiting this parade would constitute an unacceptable and discriminatory interference with the…