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First Move Toward Equal Marriage Rights in a Post-Communist Country

The Czech government expressed support on Friday for a same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by 46 members of parliament from various political parties.
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Campaigners for same-sex marriage during Prague Pride, Czech Republic, August 12, 2017.
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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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Issue is on the Agenda for October’s Parliamentary Elections

If it was up to the thousands who participated in last week’s Prague Pride, it’s clear the Czech Republic would be joining the growing list of countries legalizing same-sex marriage.
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Campaigners for same-sex marriage during Prague Pride, Czech Republic, August 12, 2017.
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Opposition to Withdrawal by States

The African Union made headlines Tuesday for purportedly agreeing to mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The reality is more complex.
 
 The decision by AU member states welcomes the announced withdrawals by South Africa,…
A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017.
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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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Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights

(Berlin) – The Moldovan parliament should reject a bill to introduce discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” clauses in national law, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers. The bill is similar to those proposed in other countries in recent…
©2016 Maxim Andreev for GENDERDOC-M. Demonstrators protest in opposition to an LGBT pride march held in Moldova in May 2016.
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Draft Law on Amending and Completing the Code of Administrative Offences and the Law on the Rights of a Child

June 20, 2016
 
 Dear MP:
 
 We are writing to ask you to ensure that a discriminatory anti-LGBT “propaganda” bill currently before Parliament is withdrawn or rejected and does not become law. On April 28, 2016, members of parliament…
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Forced Return Could Lead to Torture, Ill-Treatment

(Berlin) – The government of Moldova should ensure that Tajik opposition activist Sobir Valiev is not extradited or otherwise returned to Tajikistan, where he faces possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. Sobir Valiev, deputy…
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Concerted Action Needed to Restore Credibility

(Brussels) - European Union leaders during 2014 were too often willing to sideline human rights at home when expedient in a year marked by success for populist and Eurosceptic parties in European Parliament elections and beyond, Human Rights Watch said…
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Request to support adoption of children raised by a registered partner together with a biological and legal parent

Dear Mr. Hamacek,   I write to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch. As you may know Human Rights Watch is an independent international non-governmental organization dedicated to defending and promoting fundamental rights, working in over 90 countries…
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  We've just heard that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has "postponed" his visit to Prague, scheduled to start on February 20. This follows a campaign by over 30 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, to get the visit cancelled. The announcement is…
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When Uzbekistan’s authoritarian ruler, Islam Karimov, flies into Prague later this month, he will land at Václav Havel Airport. Yes, a man who is currently jailing thousands of political prisoners will arrive at a place named after one of the most famous…