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Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.
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Government Should Continue to Bring Laws Into Line With International Standards

(Berlin) – The “yes” vote in Ireland’s referendum on May 22, 2015, will guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination against Ireland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, Human Rights Watch said today 
 
 It is predicted…
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Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland Improving Gender Recognition Laws

(Berlin) – The Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland have moved to improve the rights of transgender people. However, each country retains some requirements that undermine the right of transgender people to have their identity reflected in law. On July 1,…
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Provides Clarity, but Leaves Broad Criminal Ban Intact

(London) – The Irish Parliament on July 12, 2013, passed a law, the first of its kind in the country, regulating access to abortion in circumstances in which it is necessary to save the life of the woman.
 
 However, although the law clarifies how…
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Status Quo Incompatible With Human Rights Obligations and European Court Ruling

(London, January 10, 2013) –Irish legislators should take decisive action to safeguard in law the right of women and girls to terminate a life-threatening pregnancy, and explore further reforms to the countries’ near total ban on abortion, Human Rights…
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Upholding Rights Includes Access to Legal Abortion

(London) – The tragic death of a woman denied an abortion in Ireland should catalyze the Irish government to fulfill its international human rights obligation to ensure access to safe and legal abortions. Savita Halappanavar, 31, who was 17 weeks pregnant…
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Ruling Says Ireland Must Ensure Access to Legal Services

(New York) - The European Court of Human Rights judgment on December 16, 2010, on Ireland's abortion restrictions is a wake-up call to the Irish government, Human Rights Watch said today. The case before the Strasbourg-based court, ABC vs. Ireland, was…
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As told by Marianne Mollmann, Women’s Rights Advocacy Director

I met Aisling in her office in Dublin. "Keep your voice down," she said, closing her office door and sitting behind her desk. The walls were thin, and she didn't want her colleagues to overhear us talking about her abortion. Aisling had short hair, wore…
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New Survey Shows Irish Public Would Support Access to Abortion in Many Circumstances

(New York) – The Irish government should implement the will of the Irish population by liberalizing the country’s restrictive abortions laws, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women’s Day. In a survey published today by YouGov, a polling…
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Policies Designed to Sabotage Access Both at Home and Abroad

(Dublin) - The Irish government actively seeks to restrict access to abortion services and information both within Ireland and for its residents seeking care abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 
 The 57-page report, "A…
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US efforts to undermine a new treaty banning cluster munitions met with significant defeat today at the final negotiations in Dublin, Human Rights Watch said. Preliminary agreement on a draft treaty text on the afternoon of May 28 indicated that virtually…
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The European Parliament should condemn European complicity in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program of “extraordinary renditions” and secret detention of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. The report of the European Parliament’s…