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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…
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Letter to India’s External Affairs Minister

Hon. S.M. Krishna, External Affairs Minister Ministry of External Affairs No. 163, South Block, 2260 New Delhi - 110011 India   Dear Hon. Minister Krishna…
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Preventing needless suffering of the terminally ill in India

In January, years of joint advocacy by Human Rights Watch and Indian palliative care groups culminated in the Medical Council of India recognizing palliative care as a specialization of medicine and approving an MD Palliative Care program. Over time, this…
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Accountability is key to preventing maternal deaths

  Dear Melinda Ching, Human Rights Watch recently published a report on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights, titled "No Tally of the Anguish: Accountability in Maternal Health Care in India." The full report is available at…
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Sujata Rao Assistant Secretary and Director General National AIDS Control Organization Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India   Dear Ms. Sujata Rao:   Thank you for meeting with Human Rights Watch in July to…
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Widespread police harassment of HIV/AIDS outreach workers in India, especially those working with women in prostitution and men who have sex with men, is undermining efforts to contain one of the worst epidemics in the…