Jewelry and watch companies need to do more to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights abuse, ahead of Valentine’s Day. In addition, civil society groups and trade unions jointly appealed to the jewelry industry to improve its sourcing practices.www.hrw.org/behindthebling
Nursing homes across the United States routinely give antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia to control their behavior, despite regulatory prohibitions on this misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints.” This abusive practice remains widespread even though the use of antipsychotics is associated with a nearly doubled risk of death in older people with dementia.
Every week, more than 179,000 people in nursing homes in the United States are given antipsychotic drugs even though they have not been diagnosed with any condition for which their use is approved. Often, facilities administer the drugs without making any effort to seek informed consent.
The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledges to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse.