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Agnes Reeves Taylor Charged with Torture During 1989-96 War

(London) – The United Kingdom authorities’ arrest of Agnes Reeves Taylor in London for her alleged role in torture committed during Liberia’s first civil war is a meaningful step for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Reeves Taylor, the former wife…
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Thousands of patients with advanced illnesses in Guatemala suffer unnecessarily from severe pain because they cannot get appropriate pain medications. Guatemala’s drug control regulations – meant to prevent drug abuse – make it almost impossible for many…
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 I thought I was going to die, not from the cancer, but from the pain.
 
 — Marianna Hernandez, 58-year-old woman with liver and abdominal cancer, Guatemala City, December 2014
 
 
 
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Urgent Legal Changes Are Next Step to Get Treatment to Those in Need

About 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year, many spending their last days in excruciating pain.
 But Armenia is taking an important step towards ending their suffering, and the government recently adopted a national strategy to…
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Protesters Face Long Sentences, but Violence Against Them Unpunished

(Berlin) – The Armenian government failed to ensure meaningful and credible accountability for law enforcement officials responsible for excessive and disproportionate force against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
Demonstrators march peacefully in downtown Yerevan on July 30, 2016.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Independent Expert’s report,[1] and agree with her conclusions that older persons face particular challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights, and that these challenges need to be addressed urgently.[2] The challenges…
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Several years ago I started researching the nearly insurmountable barriers people with advanced cancer face in accessing opioid painkillers in Armenia. I interviewed many people who were dying — in horrible pain. These were devastating interviews, seared…
Gurgen G., who had a brain tumor, and his mother. Gurgen participated in a palliative care pilot project, which improved the quality of his remaining life. He died in August 2012, free from pain.
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 Because of the pain I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t talk to my friends. I wanted to crush my head against the wall and shake…. …. My pain tears me apart..
 
 —Adil Akram, 29, who battled cancer in his leg for…
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Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses in Morocco needlessly suffer from debilitating pain and other symptoms.
 
 Human Rights Watch estimates that each year, more than 62,000 Moroccans need palliative care, which focuses on…