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Prompted by a seemingly endless string of stories about suicides by people suffering from cancer pain, the Russian government has finally been pressured into acting - by barring the media from reporting on the issue. The story begins with a February 20…
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It’s rare that a high-level Russian official takes a public stand for justice vis-a-vis the law enforcement establishment. But Russia’s health minister did just that. The minister, Veronika Skvorstova, publicly endorsed the acquittal of a…
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Ask Court to Reinstate Lawyer Removed From Case

(Moscow) – Russian authorities should immediately withdraw drug trafficking and forgery charges against a doctor and a woman who helped a dying cancer patient in excruciating pain obtain pain medication. Authorities should also petition the local court to…
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Access to Oral Morphine Will Improve End-of-Life Care

(New York) – Ukraine’s recent registration of oral morphine, a strong pain medication used most frequently to treat severe cancer pain, is a major step toward improving end-of-life care, Human Rights Watch said today. The registration, on…
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Respect Rights to Life, Health of Drug Users to Stem Rising HIV Epidemics

(New York) - The United Nations should ensure that policies to control illicit drugs do not impede access to lifesaving HIV services, a group of public health and rights organizations said today in a joint letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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Rehabilitation Required Russia's Human Rights Obligation to Provide Evidence-based Drug Dependence Treatment I. Summary and Recommendations Methods II. Background Illicit Drug Use and Drug Policy…
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Injection Drug Users, Deprived of Best Remedies, Left to Own Devices

Russian health policies are failing to adequately treat drug addiction, compounding the country’s serious illicit drug use and drug dependence problem and further putting drug users at increased risk for other serious diseases, Human Rights Watch said in…
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Governments Must Respect Rights to Advance AIDS Fight

Twenty-five years after AIDS was first identified, programs to fight the disease continue to be undermined by conservative ideologies and moralistic approaches, Human Rights Watch said ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. “The most effective approaches…
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Positively Abandoned Stigma and Discrimination against HIV-Positive Mothers and their Children in Russia Summary Recommendations Methods Background Stigma of Revealing Diagnosis Prospect of Parenthood Investigation I: HIV-Positive Women and…
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Letter to the Chairman of the State Duma

We write to express our deep concern about the possible repeal of a recent revision to the Russian penal code decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of narcotic drugs. This revision, enacted May 12, 2004, marked a watershed for Russian drug…
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Reforms have been crucial to Russia's fight against HIV/AIDS

We write to express our deep concern about the possible repeal of a recent revision to the Russian penal code decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of narcotic drugs. This revision, enacted May 12, 2004, marked a watershed for Russian drug…
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LESSONS NOT LEARNED: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND HIV/AIDS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION I. SUMMARY.. II. RECOMMENDATIONS For the government of the Russian Federation On HIV/AIDS On narcotic drugs and drug users In law…
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Government Abuses Heighten Vulnerability of Those Most at Risk

Russia’s burgeoning AIDS epidemic is fueled by government policies that deny HIV-prevention services to those most at risk and also allow discrimination against people with AIDS to flourish, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 62-page…