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With great sadness we share the news that Medi Ssengooba, a dear friend, partner, and colleague at Human Rights Watch, passed away last week after a short illness. Medi was a strong advocate, a sharp lawyer, and a kind and…
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Two steep steps. This is what makes it so hard for Amman to go into his school like the rest of his classmates. His school's entrance has no ramp, and these two steep steps leave him no choice but to crawl into his classroom. Amman, who has a physical…
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NEW YORK — “People look at disabled people and think they don’t have sex. We have sex. And we can be infected with HIV.” John Meletse is a deaf, gay, and HIV-positive South African. When he went to get tested for HIV in 2001, the clinic staff couldn’t…
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An Advocacy Brochure

There are an estimated one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, living with a disability, according to the World Health Organization. Despite this, people with disabilities face barriers to inclusion and their needs are often given low…
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Include People with Disabilities in Development Programs Worldwide

(New York) – Governments meeting at the United Nations about the needs of women and children with disabilities should develop a clear plan of action to promote and uphold their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Among others steps, they should make…
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An Advocacy Brochure

Over one billion people – 15 percent of the world’s population - live with a disability significant enough to make a difference in their daily lives, and 80 percent of them live in the developing world.   It is often assumed that…
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HIV prevention, testing, counseling and treatment should be accessible to all people with disabilities.
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“You are forcing me,” cried a 17-year-old South African girl with a mental disability who was filmed while being raped, as several men and teenagers taunted her anguish and laughed at her pleas. The video spread across the internet like wildfire, inciting…
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“Even Dead Bodies Must Work” Health, Hard Labor, and Abuse in Ugandan Prisons Map: Prisons Visited by Human Rights Watch in Uganda Definitions and Acronyms Summary Key Recommendations …
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Resolve Overdue Cases of Prisoners With Mental Disabilities

(Kampala) - The Ugandan justice minister should immediately issue orders to release 11 prisoners with psychosocial or mental disabilities who have languished in prison for years without resolution of their cases, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter…
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This week, different groups around the world are observing World AIDS Day and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 1 and 3 respectively. Rarely have the two been observed together. At least until this year. Events hosted at UN…
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Living with Disabilities in Uganda

As told by Shantha Rau Barriga Edna seemed shy, rounding her shoulders protectively over her baby. She was breastfeeding, and I could see the burn scars on the top of her head. Despite her initial self-consciousness, she told us her story, starting with…
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In the aftermath of war, civil unrest and disaster, there are always untold stories, but only rarely do you hear of the isolation, neglect and abuse of women and girls with disabilities. Charity lived in a camp for internally displaced persons in northern…
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Disabled people – especially women – are often the last to be considered in the aftermath of wars and natural disasters

In the aftermath of war, civil unrest and disaster, there are always untold stories, but only rarely do you hear of the isolation, neglect and abuse of women and girls with disabilities. Charity lived in a camp for internally displaced persons in…
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Government Needs to Protect Their Rights, Ensure Access to Services as North Rebuilds

(Kampala) - Women with disabilities in northern Uganda experience ongoing discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many are unable to gain access to basic services, including health care and…
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“As if We Weren’t Human” Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda Summary Key Recommendations I. Methodology II. Background A Post-Conflict Setting III. Findings…