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2014 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and rights of others. Human Rights Watch collaborates with these courageous activists to create a world in which people…
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Amendments to Drug Act Simplify Access to Pain Medicines

Millions of Indians suffering chronic pain will get better access to pain medicines following changes in India’s drug law, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 21, 2014, the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, approved amendments to the…
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Summary The rape and murder of a student in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, followed by large public protests, has led to a great deal of soul searching about the problem of sexual violence in India. Politicians, lawyers, women’s rights activists, and…
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Reforms Should Tackle Failings of Courts, Laws, and Assistance Programs

(New York) – Bangladesh’s discriminatory personal laws on marriage, separation, and divorce trap many women and girls in abusive marriages or drive them into poverty when marriages fall apart, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. In…
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Doe-eyed and frail, with a mellow voice and a cheery smile, nothing about Sara (not her real name) suggested she had been through ordeal after ordeal in her 22 years. Forcibly married at 15 to a much older man, she discovered after the marriage that her…
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Preventing needless suffering of the terminally ill in India

In January, years of joint advocacy by Human Rights Watch and Indian palliative care groups culminated in the Medical Council of India recognizing palliative care as a specialization of medicine and approving an MD Palliative Care program. Over time, this…
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Grievance Redress Procedures for Health Top Priority

(New York) - Indian authorities should drop criminal proceedings against peaceful protesters who sought accountability for maternal deaths in a public hospital in Madhya Pradesh state, Human Rights Watch said today. District officials cracked down on…
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UN Agencies Debunk Delhi’s Claims; Government Should Address Disparities

(New York) - New United Nations global maternal mortality estimates contradict the Indian government's claim that it is "on track" to meeting UN goals for reducing maternal mortality, Human Rights Watch said today. An assessment by the World Health…
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People’s Voice Prize to Human Rights Watch and Magnum

(New York) - A video about the life and death of an Indian mother won a Webby People's Voice Award, Human Rights Watch said today. The story of Kiran Yadav, a 25-year-old who bled to death while delivering her third child, was produced by Human Rights…
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Around this time last year a friend sent me a link to the hilarious "Mother of the Year Award" online video from Momsrising.org. I was on maternity leave, and laughed until I cried at the witty lines about mothering.  I watched it with my two little boys…
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Vote Online for Human Rights Watch and Magnum

(New York) - A video telling the story of Kiran Yadav, an Indian woman who died needlessly in childbirth, has been nominated for a prestigious Webby award, Human Rights Watch said today. The video, produced by Human Rights Watch with award-winning Magnum…
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Inaction Perpetuates Unnecessary Suffering

(Tiruchirapalli) - India's government should act urgently to ensure access to pain medications, Human Rights Watch said ahead of a national conference on palliative care in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of thousands of Indian patients…
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A vibrant democracy with raging debates about health care. A country that prides itself on pioneering medical treatment but continues to see shocking disparities between the wealthy, who can afford expensive, quality care, and the poor, whose access to…
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Accountability is key to preventing maternal deaths

  Dear Melinda Ching, Human Rights Watch recently published a report on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights, titled "No Tally of the Anguish: Accountability in Maternal Health Care in India." The full report is available at…
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With Highest Number of Deaths Worldwide, New Delhi Uses Misleading Progress Measures

(New York) - India is falling behind other countries in meeting international commitments to improve obstetric care because it does not adequately monitor deaths and injuries in the critical period following childbirth and fix gaps in its health system…
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Unbearable Pain India’s Obligation to Ensure Palliative Care Map 1: States in which Human Rights Watch conducted field research on palliative care Overview Key Recommendations Methodology A Brief …
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Government Inaction, Restrictive Regulations Condemn Hundreds of Thousands to Unbearable Suffering

(New Delhi) - Hundreds of thousands of patients in India unnecessarily experience excruciating pain, Human Rights Watch said in a report today. Restrictive drug regulations, lack of training for health care workers, and poorly integrated care result in…
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I gave birth in the developing world, in South Africa, to be precise. South Africa was in the spotlight recently when a government-commissioned report showed a 20 per cent increase in the number of deaths from pregnancy-related causes between 2005 and…
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Ignorance is not bliss - certainly not for a government trying to explain the repeated failure to avert an estimated 100,000 preventable maternal deaths each year. Last month I traveled through rural India to try to understand why so many women there die…