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Unique Opportunity for Congress to Help People Continue to Live at Home

US lawmakers should prioritize support for home and community-based services for older people as part of the negotiations on infrastructure bills under way in Congress, Human Rights Watch said today. The vast majority of older people in the United…
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New York, 18 Other States Limiting Access to Justice Amid Covid-19

(New York) – State lawmakers across the United States are increasingly denying residents of nursing facilities access to legal remedies, Human Rights Watch said today. Nursing facilities’ longstanding problems managing infection control have put…
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Consider Supervised Release for Those at High Risk of Serious Effects

(Washington, DC) – Authorities in the United States should take all necessary steps to protect people in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers from infection by the coronavirus, Human Rights Watch said today. They should consider…
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Entrenched Discrimination, Violence Mar Gains 25 Years after Beijing

(New York) – Governments should mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 with moves to expedite progress on gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today. They should plan for concerted action and dedicate resources to prevent…
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Proposed Rules Would Expose Older People to Greater Risks

(New York) – The United States government has proposed new rules for facilities administering antipsychotic drugs that would increase the risks to older people, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch submitted formal comments to the Centers for…
Lenora Cline, 88, has lived in a nursing home for years. She has Alzheimer’s disease.
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Senate Vote Set on Bill to Prohibit Anyone Under 18 From Marrying

(Boston) – Massachusetts state senators should vote on July 25, 2019, for a proposed law to end child marriage in Massachusetts, Human Rights Watch said today. Senate Bill S.2294 has broad bipartisan support and is backed by 35 Massachusetts-based…
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Bill Would Prohibit Anyone Under 18 From Marrying

(Boston) – Massachusetts lawmakers and Governor Charlie Baker should back a proposed law to end child marriage in Massachusetts, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the governor that was released this week. Human Rights Watch also released a…
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Legislators Should Support Bill Setting Minimum Age at 18

(Tallahassee, Florida) – Both houses of the Florida legislature should pass a bill to set the minimum age of marriage at 18, with no exceptions, the Florida Coalition to End Child Marriage said today. The coalition, which consists of 13…
Sonia Ossorio of NOW-NYC addresses the crowd at a protest against US laws allowing child marriage.
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Government Should Enforce Rules to Stop Abuse

(Sacramento) – Nursing homes across the United States routinely give antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia to control their behavior, despite rules against the misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints,” Human Rights Watch said in a report…
Lenora Cline, 88, has lived in a nursing home for years. She has Alzheimer’s disease.
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One of First States to Act; Others Should Follow

(New York) – New York State has taken an important step toward ending child marriage, as Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2017 signed legislation to dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Would Severely Reduce Access to Care

  (Washington) – The US Senate should categorically reject the healthcare bill passed by the US House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. If enacted into law in anything like its…
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End Child Marriage in New York State

(New York) – New York State’s legislators and governor should back a proposed law to help end child marriage in New York, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to New York lawmakers. In the period from 2001 to 2010, 3,850 children…
Sonia Ossorio of NOW-NYC addresses the crowd at a protest against US laws allowing child marriage.
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Summit on Drugs Should Address Obstacles to Pain Relief Medicine

The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, starting March 11, 2009, should address the lack of access to pain relief medicines in many countries, which leaves tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from severe but treatable pain, Human…