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Government Should Remove Surgery Requirements from Law

A policy in the Czech Republic forcing transgender people to undergo sterilization surgeries to legally change their gender violates the right to health, according to the European Committee of Social Rights. Transgender…
Participants hold a giant rainbow flag during the Prague Pride Parade where thousands marched through the city centre in support of gay rights, in Czech Republic, August 13, 2016.
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As children across Serbia enjoy their summer break, for some children the next school year can’t start soon enough. It may be their first chance to get an education. The Serbian government formally pledged in June that all children with…
Marina  [pseudonym], a 4-year-old girl with developmental disabilities who spent ten months of her life in an institution, with her foster sister. © 2015 Jasenko Rasol for Human Rights Watch
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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. Czeslaw Walek, founder of the Czech marriage equality movement Jsme Fer (We…
Campaigners for same-sex marriage during Prague Pride, Czech Republic, August 12, 2017.
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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. Marriage equality was a major theme during…
Campaigners for same-sex marriage during Prague Pride, Czech Republic, August 12, 2017.
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Government Should Implement Law Providing for Inclusive Education

Today, September 1st, will be an exciting first day of school for most Serbian children. But for many children with disabilities, it will be just one more day without a chance to learn, make friends, and interact with peers and teachers. Take for…
A living room in Veternik Institution where children and adults with disabilities spend most of their days. There are no toys, education materials, or carpets on the floor. The only available source of stimulation is a TV attached to the wall.
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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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If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record. Kosovo took another step toward this European future on June 8, with its second general election since…
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Violates Freedom of Assembly, Expression

(Berlin) – Serbia’s ban on the Belgrade Pride Parade, scheduled for October 6, 2012, violates the country’s international legal obligations and should be immediately repealed. On October 3, the Interior Ministry announced that based on an assessment of…
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President Should Speak Out against Hate Campaign

(New York) - Serbia's government should quickly take visible steps to end a spate of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent November 16, 2009, to President Boris Tadic. Human…
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The President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Boris Tadic People's Office of the President Masarikova 5/VI 11000 Belgrade Serbia Via Fax +381 11 3620 676 Dear Mr. President, I write to you to express concern that persistent homophobia in Serbian…
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Restoring Bill to Legislative Agenda Will Guarantee Rights

(Brussels) - Serbia's government should ensure that an anti-discrimination law is passed, rebuffing efforts to delay its progress, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the vice-prime minister for European integration, Bozidar Delic. The government…
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The Vice Prime Minister for European Integration Mr. Bozidar Delic Republic of Serbia Dear Vice Prime-Minister Delic, I write you on behalf of Human Rights Watch. An international nongovernmental organization based in New York with offices around the…
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Ruling Finds Czech Policy of Special Schools Discriminatory

(London, November 14, 2007) – The European Court of Human Rights ruling that the Czech government engaged in indirect discrimination against Roma children is a major step forward in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch…