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Gaps in Services Create Risks for Institutionalization, Violate Rights

(Moscow) – The Russian government is not providing adequate resources for home-based services for older people, denying some of them the ability to live independent and dignified lives, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite legislative reform to…
A pensioner carries logs in the courtyard of her wooden house where she opened a private museum of the old quarter.
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Lack of Information Could Exacerbate Spread of Infection, Deaths

(Moscow) – Russian authorities should publicly release detailed information about the spread of Covid-19 in state institutions for older people and people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. Releasing this information would allow state…
A resident in a nursing home in the village of Sosnovskoye in Omsk region, opens a bag with sweets during a visit of volunteers as part of the "Old Age for Joy" charity project.
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Pensioners Unable to Travel from Separatist-held Areas Need Reforms

(Kyiv) – Pensioners with limited mobility due to illness, disability, or advancing age who live in nongovernment-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine face overwhelming difficulty accessing their pensions or do not get them at all, Human Rights…
People stand near an ATM, located near the contact line between Russia-backed armed groups and Ukrainian troops in Mayorsk, Ukraine.
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The armed conflict that swept eastern Ukraine in 2014 and is still ongoing displaced close to a million people, who fled the fighting. Among those left behind, trapped in the war zone, were those too frail, too sick, or too poor to flee. Many…
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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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The New Brics Bank is an Opportunity to Learn Lessons and Ensure Every Infrastructure Project Protects Human Rights

The emerging Brics economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – struck an agreement this month to establish a development bank with an initial capital of $100bn. The Brics want the bank to mobilise resources for…
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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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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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Citing war crimes in Chechnya, Human Rights Watch criticized the World Bank for making a $100 million payment to the Russian government. In letters to World Bank President James Wolfensohn and to the Bank's board of directors, the rights group argued that…
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Bank Disregards Serious Risk of Funding Abusive War in Chechnya

The World Bank today set aside concerns about financing Russia's war in Chechnya and disbursed $100 million to the Russian government. The funds are expected to be transferred today to the Russian government for purposes of general budgetary spending.…
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Human Rights Watch researchers in southern Russia have learned that thousands of elderly, poor, and infirm civilians remained trapped in Chechen combat zones. According to government and U.N. officials, some 200,000 Chechens have already fled…