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Move Will Protect Young People’s Rights, Dignity, Access to Health Care

(Chicago) – Illinois state lawmakers have voted to repeal a harmful abortion restriction that forced anyone under age 18 to involve a parent in an abortion decision, Human Rights Watch said today. Governor J. B. Pritzker should sign the bill into law…
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Pregnant People, Infants, Children Particularly Vulnerable

(Washington, DC) – The administration of United States President Joe Biden should take concrete action to ensure that the country’s maternal health crisis, dominated by racial inequities, is a central focus of US domestic climate policy, a coalition…
US President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders on tackling climate change on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Forcing Parental Involvement in Abortion Violates Rights

A law in the US state of Illinois that forces people under 18 to involve an adult family member in their abortion decision is failing some of the state’s young people and violating their human rights. In a new joint report with the American Civil…
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Law Violates Young People’s Human Rights, Can Delay Their Care

(Chicago) – An Illinois law that requires a young person seeking an abortion to involve an adult family member is dangerous for youth in the state, violates their human rights, and threatens their health and safety, Human Rights Watch and the American…
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Comprehensive Sex Ed, HPV Vaccine Can Reduce Preventable Deaths

(Washington, DC) – Alabama is failing to enact policies to improve health outcomes for its young people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Despite the positive impact adolescent vaccines and sexual health education can have on…
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Issue Passport to Author of Celebrated Prison Memoir

(Tunis) – Mauritanian authorities should issue a passport without delay to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee or explain the legal grounds for denying his right to travel, Human Rights Watch said today.    The United States…
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‘She Decides’ Summit to Counter Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’

(Brussels) – Governments should pledge political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health to counter the United States’ “Global Gag Rule,” Human Rights Watch said today. The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden are hosting a summit in…
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Nominee’s Record Shows Disregard for Rights

(New York) – The United States Senate should vote against the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. The senator’s record raises fears that Sessions would be unwilling to enforce…
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On December 6, 2016, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech on US counterterrorism policy at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Below is the reaction from Laura Pitter, US national security counsel at Human Rights Watch: President…
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Retain Bill’s Protections for Military Sexual Assault Victims

The US Congress should reject provisions in an annual defense spending bill that will impede efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress should retain provisions that protect military…
U.S. President Barack Obama vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 22, 2015. © 2015 Reuters
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Senegal Shows Leadership, Compassion in Accepting Libyan Detainees

(New York) – The United States government’s release of two Libyan detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Senegal on April 4, 2016, shows meaningful progress on closing the prison, Human…
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Overreactions to Those Fleeing Syria, Central America

  (Washington, DC) – United States policies toward people seeking refuge or reunification with their families in the US during 2015 have been ill-considered, discriminatory, and harmful, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.…
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It is now widely acknowledged that after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began a global detention and interrogation program through which it tortured and abused prisoners. Yet the US government has failed to hold…
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Obama’s Plans Should End Indefinite Detention

(Washington, DC) – United States President Barack Obama’s veto of a defense spending bill on October 22, 2015, signals a renewed effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Defense…
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Spending Measure Would Hamper Closing Guantanamo

(Washington, DC, October 8, 2015) – United States President Barack Obama should veto a defense spending bill that will hinder his efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, passed by…
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Abandon Guantanamo’s Fatally Flawed Justice System

(Washington, DC) – A United States federal court dealt another blow to the Obama administration’s attempts to resuscitate the inferior military commissions at Guantanamo Bay by overturning the 2008 conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al-Bahlul, Human…
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Omar Khadr Conditionally Released, Needs Rehabilitation

(Toronto) – The Canadian court’s release on bail of the former child soldier and Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr on May 7, 2015, is a significant step toward ending his ordeal, which began almost 13 years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. The Canadian…
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High-Profile Cases Highlight Longstanding Problems

(Washington, DC) – State and local officials in the United States should address racial discrimination and police abuse in the criminal justice system that sparked widespread demonstrations last year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015…
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(Washington, DC) – The Obama administration should increase detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay following passage of a defense bill on December 12, 2014, that preserves fewer transfer restrictions. President Barack Obama obtained loosened transfer…
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Other Countries Should Offer Resettlement

(New York) – After months of delay, the United States completed the transfers of six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Uruguay on December 7, 2014. The transfers lower the number of prisoners being held at Guantanamo from 142 to 136…