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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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Finally, a voice of reason in Russia’s legal system on the Pussy Riot case. Today Russia’s Supreme Court ordered the Pussy Riot verdict to be re-examined by the Moscow City Court. The legal representatives for one of the two still-imprisoned Pussy Riot…
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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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Human Rights Watch published a report on censorship in Ukraine in March 2003, "Negotiating The News: Informal State Censorship of Ukrainian Television." The following month, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma took steps towards guaranteeing freedom of…
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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…