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Several Member Countries Falling Behind on Protections, Quality of Life

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among its 15 member countries. SADC heads of state will meet on August 30-31, 2016, in Mbabane, Swaziland…
Billboard advertising the 2016 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Mbabane, Swaziland.
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“We Suffered When We Came Here” Rights Violations Linked to Resettlements for Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam Summary Key Recommendations To the Government of Tajikistan…
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Government, Donors Should Enhance Access to Food, Water, Education

(Dushanbe) – The Tajikistan government has shortchanged hundreds of families resettled to make way for a large-scale hydroelectric dam, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Despite government commitments to comply with international…
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Troubled Water Burst Pipes, Contaminated Wells, and Open Defecation in Zimbabwe’s Capital Summary Failure to Provide Access to Potable Water…
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US, UN, Other Donors Finance ‘Treatment’ Center

(Bangkok) – Police and local militia in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, are forcibly detaining people who use drugs in a so-called treatment center where they risk beatings and other abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Homeless…
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The documentary film, Music by Prudence, tells the story of a young Zimbabwean woman born with a congenital disease that twisted her body and led to the amputation of her legs.  Prudence Mabhena was abandoned by her family and shunned by her community,…