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United States Congressional Briefing “Religious Freedom in India,” September 22, 2021

Thank you for inviting me to testify today. Among India’s most pressing human rights concerns today is the worsening situation with respect to religious freedom. The facts are clear: attacks against religious minorities in India, especially Muslims…
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“It cannot be over-emphasized that when it comes to democracy, liberty of thought and expression is a cardinal value that is of paramount significance.” With these words, India’s Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment on March 24, struck down Section 66A…
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This week I had expected to be writing about a defamation case brought by Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Committee against an independent journalist in Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan. To my surprise, the committee withdrew its complaint, and the court…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the second Universal Periodic Review of India, which reflects a large number of important recommendations. We are encouraged by recent positive steps on human rights by the Indian government. …
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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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Oral statement on the UPR outcome

The government of Kyrgyzstan deserves credit for participating in the Universal Periodic Review in May 2010 despite the difficult political situation after the political violence and change of government in early April. But since that review the country…
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Submission to the 8th UPR session (May 2010)

Summary This submission highlights several key areas of concern regarding Kyrgyzstan's compliance with its international human rights obligations, including the right to a fair trial; torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in detention; the right…