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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, the European Union’s top court invalidated the EU’s data retention law, calling into question whether blanket data retention can ever be consistent with human rights requirements. This decision is a major victory for digital rights groups which…
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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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After spending two years fighting for access to the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, Javier Stauring, a children's rights advocate and Human Rights Watch honoree, was finally allowed to return to the facility. A chaplain who had worked in the…
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On June 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 379-0 to condemn Beijing's continued detention of Chinese-born academics who are U.S. citizens or residents and called for their immediate release. The measure also called on President Bush to appoint a…